The Vermont Cynic

Guest Commentary: When do we succeed at UVM? When our students do.

Guest Commentary: When do we succeed at UVM? When our students do.

Guest Commentary

1 day ago

Editor’s Note: This commentary is by Suresh V. Garimella, President, University of Vermont A three-time Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter. The first African American to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Two Nobel Peace Prize winners.  One of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful...

“Impossible Burgers” were made only for meat eaters

“Impossible Burgers” were made only for meat eaters

Erin Powell

5 days ago

Recently, plant-based meat substitutes that mimic the taste and texture of meat have popped up in grocery stores, nice restaurants and fast food chains. As a vegetarian, I am thrilled that plant-based foods are becoming more accessible. But I wish the veggie options didn’t taste like real meat. Plant-ba...

Brands shouldn’t be driven by memes

Brands shouldn’t be driven by memes

Henry Mitchell

5 days ago

For years, I’ve tried ignoring brands’ attempts at keeping their image up to date. But with “Baby Nut,” I think brands have to stop fixating on social media. Baby Nut is the new image of Planters peanuts. After the tragic “death” of their previous mascot, Mr. Peanut, the company brought...

K-pop artists deserve more than they get

K-pop artists deserve more than they get

Gabby Felitto

6 days ago

I’ve loved BTS, a Korean boy band,  since their song “Dope” came out in 2015, my first year of high school. Since then, I’ve watched them grow to become one of the biggest musical acts in the world. While I’m ecstatic that the group I love is gaining attention, American award shows need to reco...

Floor vandalism needs to stop

Floor vandalism needs to stop

Staff Editorial

6 days ago

On Thursday night Feb 13, the Cynic sent a photographer to walk around various UVM dorms to get as many photos as possible of the aftermath of vandalism. To be honest, we thought this was going to be a shot in the dark. We were doubtful that he would see anything. But when he came back, we sat at his c...

Structural change must come from political revolution

Structural change must come from political revolution

Mills Sparkman

February 13, 2020

When Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy for president last year, I was thrilled to support her. Now I’m not so sure. Warren was a fresh face to many, myself included. She is a public school teacher turned Harvard law professor turned senator, and a Republican turned Democrat....

Board, give due respect to all protestors

Board, give due respect to all protestors

Meg Trogolo

February 13, 2020

UVM is one step closer to divesting from the fossil fuel industry, but the board of trustees needs to show more respect to everyone involved in the divestment movement. On Jan. 31, hours after a board meeting where students demonstrated in support of divestment, Vermont Rep. Curt McCormack, a trustee,...

It’s time we stopped watching award shows

It’s time we stopped watching award shows

Sophie Oehler

February 12, 2020

Congratulations, everyone. We’ve officially made it to the end of “awards season,” a long and drawn out “season” of award shows and red carpets to celebrate the shining stars of Hollywood and their accomplishments. I don’t pay much attention to awards season. I would not have been able to t...

Women, run for local election

Women, run for local election

Emily Johnston

February 12, 2020

America’s governance needs more women in politics and more people representing younger generations. In 2018, Vermont had the second highest number of female legislators in the country with 39.4%, according to a 2019 Center for American Women in Politics study. In Burlington, five out of 12 city council mem...

Why skiing uphill isn’t for the faint of heart

Why skiing uphill isn’t for the faint of heart

Sophie Oehler

February 7, 2020

When I was eight, my family went on vacation to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. It was great, until I got steamrolled by a snowboarder. The pileup that followed marked the end of my eventful, although short, alpine career. Since then, I have committed to Nordic skiing. Being a Nordic skier at UVM is...

Board must listen to students’ demands

Meg Trogolo

February 6, 2020

UVM’s board of trustees has a listening problem. UVM students have been organizing in favor of divestment from fossil fuel companies for years, with the environmental club Organize leading the movement in recent months. However, the board voted against divestment during their October 2019 meeting and ...

Just say no to overconsumption

Just say no to overconsumption

Lucy Gilbert

February 6, 2020

It’s normal to see someone with a closet the size of your apartment and want that lifestyle. However, we need to remember that overconsumption causes harm to the fashion industry, the workers behind it and the environment. As consumers, we have the power to change the role of overconsumption in th...

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