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Staff Editorial

October 28, 2020

Starting a few months ago, as the election got closer, voters began to worry about the postal services ability to handle the new volume of mail in ballots. Although much of this worry was politicized propaganda from the right, trying to dissuade voters from voting entirely, as evident by the post...

Male rappers are more than their music

Male rappers are more than their music

Sophie Oehler, Cynic Columnist

October 23, 2020

May, 2017. Long Island born rapper Lil Peep is due to take the stage at his concert in Los Angeles. Well, if he can find it. He’s clearly disoriented, reaching out through a drug induced haze to anyone who can guide him towards the screaming crowds, muttering, “Where are we going?”  Once he m...

Children shouldn’t have to save the world

Children shouldn't have to save the world

Emily Johnston, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 22, 2020

A teenage girl is staring at a dictator and his media foes and friends; her eyes locked on the target of her anger. She has people lined up behind her; the spearhead of the resistance against a government not for its people but for the elite. This is not the “Hunger Games,” this is America ...

Try not listening to music, your mood may improve

Try not listening to music, your mood may improve

Sam Jefferson, Cynic Columnist

October 22, 2020

It was a Friday morning, and it looked like I was going to be late to my international relations class. I grabbed my water bottle, notebook and Dentyne spearmint gum and rushed out the door, only to realize I had forgotten *gasp* my earbuds. With no time to spare, I continued my awkward walk-jog ...

Be consistent with your praise

Be consistent with your praise

Staff Editorial

October 20, 2020

On Saturday, October 10, we wrote and published a story about Dr. Deborah Birx, the Response Coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and her visit to UVM’s campus. The doctor had some nice things to say about how the University has been handling the virus and returning to school whi...

Tiktok needs to stop romanticizing eating disorders

Tiktok needs to stop romanticizing eating disorders

Emily Johnston, Assisstant Opinion Editor

October 16, 2020

Picture Cassie Ainsworth, the character from “Skins,” not eating for 3 days for an arbitrary reason and teaching her classmates how not to eat.  She was the quintessential thinspo, or thinspiration, as her frail frame was used relentlessly to show the “ideal” body. On TikTok, it seems...

How to prevent a repeat of the first debate

How to prevent a repeat of the first debate

Jordan Spindel, Opinion Columnist

October 15, 2020

“That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a trainwreck.” This is how not only CNN anchor Jake Tapper interpreted 2020’s first presidential debate, but also millions watching across the country. And it’s clear that this is the result of virtually everyone involved being unpre...

UVM needs to help us keep our promise

UVM needs to help us keep our promise

Sophie Oehler, Opinion Columnist

October 14, 2020

The French have a saying: con comme ses pieds. It means “stupid as the feet”, and it essentially encompasses my personality.  I forgot to take my COVID test. It was a lapse in brain function, and will surely join the ranks of regrettable moments in my life that I wish had gone very different ...

Fill these pages with your words

Fill these pages with your words

Staff Editorial

October 14, 2020

At its core, the Cynic editorial pages have always meant to serve as the voice of the students and the surrounding UVM community.  Each week our columnists work to provide you their takes on the world around them. But, we want to broaden that circle of writers even more.  For some time now, t...

Letter to the editor: Open letter from alumnx to UVM administration regarding campus climate

Letter to the editor: Open letter from alumnx to UVM administration regarding campus climate

Letter to the Editor

October 12, 2020

October 5, 2020    Dear President Garimella, Leadership Team, Board of Trustees, President’s Commission, Shared Governance Advisory Councils, and University of Vermont Community,  As two powerful womxn of color alumnx of the Higher Education and Student Affairs program and educators...

Unpopular Opinion: Jingle bells, batman smells, Xmas sucks

Unpopular Opinion: Jingle bells, batman smells, Xmas sucks

Emily Johnston, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 9, 2020

Sleigh Bells ring, and I am not listening. We all see the memes, the posts and the conversations online about Christmas as the best holiday. Sure, we get time off from work/school, we get presents and we get to spend time with family we don’t often see. All of those are great things, but the...

Unpopular Opinion: Outdoor cats should go back inside and stay there

Unpopular Opinion: Outdoor cats should go back inside and stay there

Jordan Spindel, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

Many may agree that one should treat cats almost as equally as humans, giving them the same opportunities of food, enrichment and comfort. But one aspect that may need to be limited or eliminated altogether is time outdoors. Domestication changed a lot of traits in cats, but one that hasn’t changed is thei...

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