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Organize UVM to share divesting proposal

Organize UVM to share divesting proposal

Letter to the Editor

October 23, 2019

The climate movement has been gaining necessary momentum over the last few weeks. Climate science doesn’t lie, and people are increasingly acknowledging the urgency of climate change. One of many institutions that are a part of the growing climate crisis is the University of Vermont. UVM prides itself ...

Collective work drives divestment

Collective work drives divestment

Letter to the Editor

October 9, 2019

By Sara Klimek '21 In a recent Cynic article, UVM’s newest leader of sustainability, Richard Cate, said UVM was not planning to divest from fossil fuels under President Suresh Garimella’s administration. Cate’s reasoning? The same “drop-in-the-bucket” argument we’ve heard from our politica...

Divestment not our only option

Divestment not our only option

Letter to the Editor

October 9, 2019

By Richard Cate, vice president for finance and University Treasurer  Global climate challenges are capturing headlines around the world, and rightly so, as environmental concerns are among the most pressing issues of our time. Members of the UVM community are finding various ways to call attenti...

Alumni, push divestment

Alumni, push divestment

Letter to the Editor

October 8, 2019

By Benjamin Silverman '10 I am a 2010 alumnus from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. It was with great displeasure that I read in the Oct.1 Cynic article about how the UVM board of trustees has no intention to move towards fossil fuel divestment. While Richard Cate, who is no...

Protect food assistance for VT

Protect food assistance for VT

Letter to the Editor

September 18, 2019

Back-to-school season has begun across America. Millions of children have returned to classrooms, ready to start a new school year. Now, thanks to President Donald Trump’s administration, hundreds of thousands of struggling families — including many Vermonters — may have to worry about how the...

Addiction is treatable despite common misconception

Addiction is treatable despite common misconception

Letter to the Editor

May 4, 2019

Dear Editors, I appreciate the Cynic’s coverage of issues related to student heath, including recent coverage of drug use. As a drug and alcohol counselor on campus, I’m all for getting us to talk about use and non-use. Thank you for contributing to the conversation. In my job, I mostly talk...

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Letter to the Editor

April 4, 2019

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...

Administration restricts free speech by punishing student activists

Administration restricts free speech by punishing student activists

Letter to the Editor

March 30, 2019

Administrators seek to discipline me and eight other students for speaking during a protest at Waterman. Their actions are baseless, hypocritical and an assault to freedom of speech. Administrators claim our protest harmed the community, citing the definition of “disruption” under UVM’s poli...

Prioritize safety, not just punishment

Prioritize safety, not just punishment

Letter to the Editor

March 9, 2019

For weeks now, the University has upheld a ban on all fraternity activity, including philanthropy and leadership development. This was enacted in response to the death of first-year Connor Gage. The administration declared the ban after the Burlington Police Department found that Gage was likely pres...

Students, stand up with United Academics

Students, stand up with United Academics

Letter to the Editor

February 14, 2019

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...

Residential Life works to decrease campus drug use

Letter to the Editor

January 24, 2019

Since the establishment of the President’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs, we have worked tirelessly with campus partners to provide a collaborative response to substance use and abuse among the student population. The Department of Residential Life is committed to addressing health and safety...

The fleeting promise of power

Letter to the Editor

December 18, 2018

The most important belief that unites all of our country as a people is that we agree that corporations and special interest groups steal the focus of the government off its people. I am a 20 year old progressive American, born and raised in the Finger Lakes of New York to a middle class family with...

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