The Vermont Cynic

Response to “Mandated Reporting Issue”

Letter to the Editor

May 11, 2018

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

As the Intake and Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (which addresses incidents of discrimination and harassment on campus, including sexual misconduct and assault), I am writing in response to the “Mandated Reporting Issue” staff editorial in the April 25, 2018 online edition...

LTE: Deans must step up

Letter to the Editor

March 1, 2018

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

We strongly believe that students of color and faculty want academic freedom. Faculty members can deliver this freedom, which comes with the responsibility to protect students’ freedom in regard to learning. Students are demanding an action plan for mandatory training of all University faculty. They are demanding colleges and...

LTE: Reflections on Blue Penis Gate and the WE Program at UVM

February 20, 2018

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Reflections on Blue Penis Gate and the WE Program at UVM As a faculty member who taught human health and disease at UVM for two decades I was both amused and horrified by the saga of Blue Penis Gate at the new WE residence hall. Since UVM is a center of learning, let's ask the obvious: what is a penis? The product of 50 million years of mamm...

LTE: Responding to the latest UA articles

Letter to the Editor

February 16, 2018

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Cynic editors, Thank you for supporting “faculty efforts to raise salaries” and for the two pieces in this week’s Cynic related to United Academics. Both pieces try to summarize UA’s position by pointing to a few numbers in an ad, without any discussion of the hour and a half long forum that the ad invited th...

Continuing the conversation about UVM’s diversity & inclusivity

Letter to the Editor

December 9, 2017

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

In the past year, Wes Richter has used “racist and threatening language,” according to an Oct. 5 Seven Days article, and J. T. Reichhelm stole the Black Lives Matter flag, according to a Sept. 29 VTDigger article. These were racist acts. Their implicit message was: UVM is not a school for black people. They don’t belo...

Administrative actions support humanities majors

Administrative actions support humanities majors

December 3, 2017

In my role as Chief Academic Officer of the University of Vermont, I am writing to share my thoughts, ...

True wellness must place health before UVM image

True wellness must place health before UVM image

Letter to the Editor

December 1, 2017

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

There have been sweeping changes in higher education as of late. With the introduction of a more div...

Response to “Humanities Majors Deserve More”

Letter to the Editor

November 15, 2017

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

November 10, 2017 Letter to the Editor, In my role as Chief Academic Officer of the University of Vermont, I am writing to share my thoughts, some additional context, and to provide a number of important clarifications to the Cynic’s November 7, 2017 editorial entitled “Humanities Majors Deserve More.” I am alw...

Liberal arts majors supply valuable skills for success

Letter to the Editor

November 10, 2017

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor: In a recent edition of the Cynic, sophomore English major Jacob Potts published an eloquent opinion piece fighting back against the flack humanities majors often take from peers convinced that their degrees are unlikely to lead to well-paying jobs. When people hear Mr. Potts say he is an English major, he rep...

SGA president Chris Petrillo on wellness

Letter to the Editor

November 8, 2017

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

There have been sweeping changes in higher education as of late. With the introduction  of a more diverse and qualified student population, services provided on college campuses  must adjust to provide suitable resources for the next generation of the American workforce. The University of Vermont is not immune to the ca...

Bailey/Howe adds gender-free bathrooms

Bailey/Howe adds gender-free bathrooms

Letter to the Editor

November 5, 2017

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, I’m writing on behalf of the UVM Libraries to provide some clarity about the cur...

My turn

Letter to the Editor

November 3, 2017

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

  By Thomas J. Gustafson In a letter to the editor last week, some students asserted that UVM “waited four days” to identify the student who allegedly engaged in explicitly racist and threatening language directed toward African American members of our community. This assertion is incorrect and misleading. UVM ...

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