The Vermont Cynic

Prioritize safety, not just punishment

Prioritize safety, not just punishment

Letter to the Editor

March 9, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

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


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...

Residential Life works to decrease campus drug use

Letter to the Editor

January 24, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

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


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

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...

When image control goes too far

When image control goes too far

Letter to the Editor

December 16, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

As a lead resident adviser and writing center tutor, the wellbeing of my community matters to me. As an Honors College student and critical thinker, honesty and academic integrity do as well. I feel I must speak out against the problematic email sent by Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs, to t...

Private donors due to lack of public funding

Private donors due to lack of public funding

Letter to the Editor

December 8, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

I have just now gotten around to catching up on my Cynic volumes. One article in particular that I am having trouble processing is “Public School, Private Donors.” Before I begin, I want to acknowledge my bias being in the Grossman School of Business and the recent private funding given to the bu...

UVM mental health professionals: we care about you

Letter to the Editor

November 17, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

We who work to support UVM students’ health and well-being continually seek ways to improve the services we provide that support students’ mental health needs. Like colleges across the country, UVM is experiencing an increase in student need for mental health and disability-related support. Ou...

Priority to the people: expanding STEM dept.

Letter to the Editor

November 11, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

The phrase “let’s get this degree” embodies the sentiment many, perhaps most, hold towards university. To respond to last week’s “public school, private donors” editorial, this trend is not just at UVM and is not just the University’s fault. As a group of people, Americans are very focused on ...

Mental health is a long-term investment

Letter to the Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

As someone who was diagnosed with a high-functioning mental illness during early adolescence, I really expected to be overrun with resources in college to handle my feelings and ultimately leave that part of my life behind. Yet, I have seen a frightening institutional trend at UVM: apathy towards st...

Use your anger to fuel activism

Use your anger to fuel activism

Letter to the Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Three weeks ago, almost 1,000 students walked out of classes to protest the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, to support heroes Christine Blasey Ford and Anita Hill and to stand with survivors of sexual assault. We stood to oppose the political threats that Kavanaugh poses – the er...

Sullivan’s duty to the community

Letter to the Editor

October 14, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear President Sullivan, I hope that you can see fit to address the University as to where we stand as a community concerning the current state of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. There is a palpable sense of hurt and foreboding among our female students and...

Increasing wage will help local businesses

Increasing wage will help local businesses

Letter to the Editor

October 13, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Want to hear something obvious? Raising the minimum wage increases the take-home pay for low-income workers without hurting job growth. A study released this month from the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at University of California, Berkeley shows that minimum wage increases are working as ...

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