The Vermont Cynic

Support the Young Progressives’ free speech petition

Support the Young Progressives’ free speech petition

Gabby Lescadre

-13275 seconds ago


Filed under Opinion

If the last SGA elections taught us anything, it’s that UVM students are all about democracy. Seeing how widespread political involvement is on campus, UVM’s rigid policies on political activity are hard to believe. Student advocates believe now is the time for that change. The Young Progressi...

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Staff Editorial

20 hours ago


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

While UVM is very conscious of the environment, we must aim higher and acknowledge our faults to be truly sustainable. Though we tout our lack of plastic water bottles and compost bags available in our residence halls, there are still environmental and sustainable blind spots. For example, the Univer...

Burlington’s undocumented deserve the right to vote

Burlington’s undocumented deserve the right to vote

Chris Harrell

1 day ago


Filed under Opinion

It’s a wonder why Burlington is not the first in the state to pass a non-citizen voting measure and why we aren’t actively pushing for it right now. Our city comes in first place in many different measures across the state of Vermont. It’s the largest city in terms of both population and econ...

Don’t be passive, act to make changes

Don’t be passive, act to make changes

Ari Kotler

1 day ago


Filed under Opinion

When I decided to attend UVM, I was aware of its status as one of the most “liberal” colleges in the U.S. A friend of mine once characterized it as “a melting pot of crunchy mountain people, Brooklyn, New York, hipsters and ‘socially liberal’ Connecticut rich kids.” Vermont received anot...

Extending dining hall hours is harmful to employees

Extending dining hall hours is harmful to employees

Chris Harrell

5 days ago


Filed under Opinion

We’ve all been there: hungry and tired, facing a closed dining hall. It’s easy to say that the dining halls should close later. But there’s more to the picture than simply keeping the lights on for an extra hour. Every extra minute that we keep the dining halls open is an extra minute’s lab...

Extra swipes won’t fix food insecurity

Extra swipes won’t fix food insecurity

Kim Henry

6 days ago


Filed under Opinion

When my friend told me about the University’s Swipe Out Hunger program, I thought UVM had finally solved my biggest grievance: eating on campus. I live off campus, so it’s hard to prep enough food to get through long days. I wouldn’t identify as “food insecure,” but I definitely can’t afford...

Why Trinity campus is perfect for first-year students

Why Trinity campus is perfect for first-year students

Emily Johnston

April 11, 2019


Filed under Opinion

During the room selection process for rising sophomores, it became clear that most students didn’t want to live on Trinity campus. Yet, Trinity campus allows first-years to succeed. The Residential Life website’s Returner Room Selection page used to say students living in traditional housing could ch...

We need higher standards in 2020

We need higher standards in 2020

Staff Editorial

April 10, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Although we’re still on year three of President Donald Trump’s term, everyone seems to be looking at the Democratic Party for what their next step is in the 2020 race. And until very recently, former Vice President Joe Biden was a likely front-runner, although he has yet to announce his bid for...

The “other” admissions scandal at public universities

The “other” admissions scandal at public universities

Tori Scala

April 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The college admissions scandal that surfaced in early March has made me reflect on the biased way in which colleges accept incoming first-years. Based on my personal experience as a current college student and someone who went through the college admissions process, the news of this college admissions...

Why college is a time for self-reliance

Why college is a time for self-reliance

Izzy Abraham

April 5, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Over the past several months, one thing has re-sparked my interest in Facebook. It’s not a group posting pictures of lacy prom dresses, it’s not an environmental activism page — it’s the closed Parents and Family of UVM Students group. I’ve heard some leaks from this page regarding what pa...

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Letter to the Editor

April 4, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Trapper, hunter and angler interests have long driven wildlife management decision-making through their influence on the Department of Fish and Wildlife. But after years of trying to convince the Department to allow the public to participate, Vermont Wildlife Coalition and key sponsors have crafted H...

When action plans are not enough

When action plans are not enough

Staff Editorial

April 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The University announced March 29 the end to  an investigation into fraternity involvement in the death of first-year Connor Gage. Gage died in the early morning Feb. 2 from freezing temperatures and alcohol consumption, according to autopsy results. The action the University is taking based on the resu...

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