The Vermont Cynic

Four things I wish I knew before arriving at UVM

Chris Harrell

May 12, 2019


Filed under Opinion

At the halfway point of my college education here at UVM, I found there are three things I wish I knew before arriving here. 1. Join clubs. Student organizations play a fundamentally different role in college than they do in high school. They are one of the most effective ways to find like-minded people in s...

UVM, by way of New York

UVM, by way of New York

Gabby Felitto

May 11, 2019


Filed under Opinion

I came to UVM from the concrete jungle, New York City. I never stayed in a smaller town for longer than a week before coming here. While I knew going to school in a small “city” like Burlington was going to be an adjustment, it has been my dream school ever since I visited at 14 years old. UVM...

Ask Cat: answers for your UVM questions

Ask Cat: answers for your UVM questions

Ask Cat

May 10, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Ask Cat: The Vermont Cynic's advice column. Q: Best study spot on campus? During my second semester at UVM, I got more acquainted with campus, and wandered into the newly restored Billings Library one afternoon before finals week. Billings Library initially scared me because it is so incredibly quie...

A letter from the Editor’s desk

A letter from the Editor’s desk

Staff Editorial

May 9, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Dear students, parents, faculty and alumni, Welcome to UVM! At the start of my first year, I attended the first Vermont Cynic General Meeting of the fall semester. There, I found a welcoming group of like-minded people who are now some of my best friends. The Cynic staff is made up of writers, pho...

Spread environmentalism on campus

Spread environmentalism on campus

Izzy Abraham

May 5, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As conscious newsreaders and tree-huggers UVM students are some of the most environmentally-friendly in the country. Our everyday habits are notably green, and we both boast and joke about how UVM is one of the most compost-friendly campuses around. But how do we spread our impact? How do we make up for the commu...

Addiction is treatable despite common misconception

Addiction is treatable despite common misconception

Letter to the Editor

May 4, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editors, I appreciate the Cynic’s coverage of issues related to student heath, including recent coverage of drug use. As a drug and alcohol counselor on campus, I’m all for getting us to talk about use and non-use. Thank you for contributing to the conversation. In my job, I mostly talk...

Game of Thrones relies on hype

Game of Thrones relies on hype

Gabby Felitto

May 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Spoiler alert. The show “Game of Thrones,” based off the books by George R.R. Martin, has become a pop-culture sensation. It has everything: a talented cast, strong female characters, royalty, blood and even dragons. That being said, after watching one season, I believe the show is overrated, and ...

Say no to single use plastics and fossil fuel

Say no to single use plastics and fossil fuel

Chris Harrell

May 2, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The University of Vermont is known for being green. It’s in our school colors, our environmental sciences and studies programs and our track record for environmentalism. But I’m concerned the University isn’t taking climate change, and the University’s contribution to it, seriously enough. There...

Public records are ours by law

Public records are ours by law

Staff Editorial

May 1, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

We need to demand more transparency from our University. A year ago, Jacob Oblak, a law student at Vermont Law School, filed a public records request with UVM to see a police affidavit of Wesley Richter, who was arrested by UVM police after allegedly making a racial threat. Oblak’s request was denied by Gary D...

When drugs and hookup culture intersect, swipe left

When drugs and hookup culture intersect, swipe left

Tori Scala

April 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Swipe right if you agree: Tinder is a toxic app that leads many into awkward situations in the UVM community. If you’re unfamiliar with the app, it’s an online dating platform popular with younger users. But these days, dating is not Tinder’s sole purpose. You may come across the occasional...

Reform criminal justice and legalize

Reform criminal justice and legalize

Chris Harrell

April 26, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Cannabis is all the rage in  Washington, D.C., right now. Politicians, especially Democrats, are increasingly jumping on the “legalize cannabis” bandwagon. Out of the top Democrats leading the polls for 2020, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris hav...

UVM’s “party school” reputation falls short of reality

UVM’s “party school” reputation falls short of reality

Emily Johnston

April 25, 2019


Filed under Opinion

It’s Saturday night. Dorms across the hall are blasting music, and you’re hoping to find a house party to go to. You text all your connections, but the typical answer is, “Well, something is going down here, but I can’t invite you.” It is clear from my time at UVM that this school is not...

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