The Vermont Cynic

Residential Adviser: one job where you can’t clock out

Residential Adviser: one job where you can’t clock out

Tori Scala

3 days ago


Filed under Opinion

Residential Advisers do so much for the UVM community, the least we can give them in return is a substantial paycheck, and be truthful of what the job entails. As an RA at UVM, your room and board is waived. This might seem tempting to possible applicants, but once they hear the real truth of being an...

How to protect those who need it most

How to protect those who need it most

Emily Johnston

4 days ago


Filed under Opinion

The news of a woman in a vegetative state giving birth in Phoenix shocked America and revealed the flaws in the system of protecting disabled people. The woman, who lived at Hacienda Healthcare in Arizona, had been in a vegetative state for over a decade, rendering her unable to consent to sex. More...

Students, stand up with United Academics

Students, stand up with United Academics

Letter to the Editor

5 days ago


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

The John Dewey Lounge was packed Feb. 4 as UVM’s faculty union, United Academics, addressed the crowd of students, teachers and other community members. Two senior lecturers from the College of Arts and Sciences are not being renewed, with 10 more receiving drastically reduced hours. Additionally, m...

It’s time to fix our fraternities

It’s time to fix our fraternities

Staff Editorial

6 days ago


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Our campus suffered a tragic loss Feb. 2 with the death of first-year Connor Gage. Following a night at two fraternities, Gage died in the snow of a North Winooski Ave. parking lot. When a student dies, it impacts campus and our community — especially since this situation was entirely preventable. Had s...

It takes two parties to throw a government shutdown

It takes two parties to throw a government shutdown

Ian Nathan

February 9, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The recent government shutdown showed the true face of our politicians and the media. It was easy to point fingers and blame one side over the other for the prolonged shutdown, but neither side attempted to discuss viable options.  Any time there was a discussion between the two parties, disagree...

There is no right way to be alternative

There is no right way to be alternative

Gabby Felitto

February 8, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As a former emo kid, I’ve noticed white people are poster children for alternative subcultures. This prevents society from acknowledging people of color in the alternative scene. Society’s image of those who follow subcultures isn’t inclusive. Many alternative icons are white like Lydia Deetz...

As 2020 comes, hold candidates to higher standards

As 2020 comes, hold candidates to higher standards

Emily Johnston

February 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In the era of #MeToo, it’s not easy to forgive someone who has tolerated  sexual misconduct. Ever since Jan. 2, when I read about several of Bernie Sanders’ staffers being accused of sexual harassment on CNN, I have begun to doubt whether or not he is a good candidate for 2020. The New York Tim...

We need safe and affordable rides

We need safe and affordable rides

Staff Editorial

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

As college students, we rarely think of a night out as a life or death situation. But all too regularly, we are proven wrong, most recently by the death of first-year Connor Gage, in an incident the Burlington Police Department attributes in part to freezing overnight temperatures, according to an e...

Why the Birkenstock trend must finally end

Why the Birkenstock trend must finally end

Gabby Felitto

February 4, 2019


Filed under Opinion

They’re everywhere. I can’t escape them. Every turn I take, I see them. I even see them in my own house. Birkenstocks are driving me crazy. I hate the chunky straps. I know everyone swears they’re comfortable, but those soles look painful. The cork board material isn’t that great either. They...

Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Gabby Lescadre

February 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Power to the pussy is a great mantra — just not for the entire feminist movement. For a sex that is predisposed to oppression at birth and whose sexual anatomy is a synonym for weakness, turning the word pussy into a symbol of strength and resistance is a no-brainer for feminists. Especially in t...

Unpopular Opinion: Cheese is a disgusting comfort food

Unpopular Opinion: Cheese is a disgusting comfort food

Ari Kotler

February 2, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Cheese is gross. Hold on — let me finish before you let out a loud  scoff and turn the page. I’m not saying cheese always tastes bad. I like a bagel with cream cheese or a slice of pizza as much as the next person. Mixed up with other yummy stuff, cheese isn’t so bad. But to all those folks w...

Let’s fix the trend of genderless kids’ names

Erin Powell

February 1, 2019


Filed under Opinion

I absolutely hate boy names on girls. I'm filled with rage when I hear of girls named James, Elliot or Tyler. I don’t think it’s cute: I think it's misogynistic. I’d have no problem with parents giving their daughters boy names if they also did it the other way around. Girls with masculine n...

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