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Find the silver lining in COVID-19

Find the silver lining in COVID-19

Sophie Oehler

18 hours ago

It’s fairly easy to write negative opinions. All you have to do is come up with something you’re angry about, channel that fury into coherent sentences and voila! You’re a member of the problematic peanut gallery.  It’s easier still to write negative opinions right now, since 2020 has give...

Without a boredom crush, it’s easy to lose motivation

Without a boredom crush, it’s easy to lose motivation

Erin Powell

2 days ago

School being remote for the rest of the semester is a real bummer. But all the discussions of why remote learning is terrible have overlooked the backbone of academia: boredom crushes. A boredom crush is a cute person in your class that you have a passive crush on. The crush likely is specific to that...

COVID-19 Dispatch Part 3: In Manhattan, new routines reduce pandemic panic

COVID-19 Dispatch Part 3: In Manhattan, new routines reduce pandemic panic

Jordan Spindel, Opinion columnist

April 2, 2020

COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. It has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization with over 600,000 cases worldwide as of March 27. This event caused a rare closure of the University of Vermont and a chaotic transition to online learning for the rest of the semester. When I ...

COVID-19 Dispatch Part 2: The mental toll of total isolation in New Jersey

COVID-19 Dispatch Part 2: The mental toll of total isolation in New Jersey

Emily Johnston, Opinion columnist

April 1, 2020

Being alone for extended periods of time sounds like an introvert’s dream, but in actuality, it can be bad for one’s mental health. A quiet life is often depicted as nice, but being confined to one house five hours away from my University and my life indefinitely is taking a toll on me. I ha...

COVID-19 Dispatch Part 1: As New York City hospitals fill up, medical masks run out

COVID-19 Dispatch Part 1: As New York City hospitals fill up, medical masks run out

Gabby Felitto

March 31, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads, many medical professionals are overwhelmed. To make matters worse, a shortage of masks and other supplies is beginning to take hold, according to a March 19 New York Times article. While health care workers are struggling to get supplied with the masks they need to work, I hav...

Stay calm, despite COVID-19 threats

Sophie Oehler, Opinion Writer

March 22, 2020

A virus like COVID-19 can kill us. But fear will destroy us. We can’t let that happen.

A Letter to Our Readers

A Letter to Our Readers

Staff Editorial

March 18, 2020

Dear Readers, Despite other recent closings and cancellations, we are writing to let you know the Vermont Cynic is still operating.  It is the duty of the press to bring you the news in both good times and bad. In fact, in moments like these, we need journalists more than ever to articulate r...

Food pantry doesn’t solve bigger problem

Food pantry doesn’t solve bigger problem

Letter to the Editor

March 6, 2020

Last week, UVM saw an unprecedented event: the opening of an on-campus food pantry for students and UVM community members. It was heralded by SGA President Jillian Scannell, a senior, several food activism clubs on campus and the UVM administration as a landmark movement to fight “food insecurity” ...

Cynical Opinions: Mini rants from our writers

Opinion

March 5, 2020

Noah Centineo isn't as cute as you think: In a world where twenty-something male celebrities with a pretty face and curly hair are king, Netflix’s rom-com sweetheart Noah Centineo should be top of the royal court, right? Wrong. Unless you like fake-deep, pretentious hipsters with a surprising b...

We need shorter political campaign periods

We need shorter political campaign periods

Sophie Oehler

March 5, 2020

It’s the 59th Quadrennial Presidential Marathon, and we’re approaching the mile 20 water station. Bernie is handing out Gatorade, Warren is chasing you with her cowbell and Trump is blasting “Eye of the Tiger.” This campaign cycle will be the longest recorded in both U.S. and world history,...

Despite faults in election system, go vote

Despite faults in election system, go vote

Henry Mitchell

March 4, 2020

Today, March 3, is “Super Tuesday” when 14 states will hold their primary elections. Many people are rightfully worried about their preferred candidate not getting nominated as the official Democratic Party nominee. We need to keep fighting and remember our votes do matter. Despite the flaws i...

Climate anxiety goes unspoken

Climate anxiety goes unspoken

Jordan Spindel

March 4, 2020

One of the biggest global issues of our time is climate change. We are just starting to see its effects: droughts, floods and fires. These effects will only get more severe in the future, according to a November 2018 United Nations report. But there is one effect that goes underreported: anxiety an...

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