The Vermont Cynic

Silent response to racial threats is no response at all

Letter to the Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Early this October, Wes Richter made a threat against black students. He was quickly reported to authorities at UVM, and our administrators waited one day to send a vague email to students. Then they waited four days to name Richter. He has been charged with disorderly conduct but has not been expelled,...

Letter to the editor

Letter to the Editor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

This is regarding your Oct. 11 story with the headline, “UVM students organize racial justice forum,” which included a claim that the university’s response to student demands was “a breach of our agreement that the administration would not email their response” to the campus community. University senior leaders did not ent...

Sullivan’s Perkins letter was in poor taste

Sullivan’s Perkins letter was in poor taste

Letter to the Editor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

President Sullivan, Your office’s recent email comparing students here at UVM to McCarthy was in incredibly poor taste. Students who are concerned or angry that a UVM building is named Perkins should not be vilified. If you are interested in the history of rhetoric in this country perhaps you...

New club fee collection hurts club members

New club fee collection hurts club members

Letter to the editor

October 13, 2017


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Dear Editor, The Student Government Association has been asked, by higher-ups in the controller’s office, to make sure all money coming in to student clubs is routed through University Tickets, a third-party vendor. This includes club membership dues, merchandise sales and ticket sales to members...

UVM ought to treat FSL differently

Letter to the Editor

September 30, 2017


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Dear Editor, In response to the article “University treats FSL community unfairly,” I will limit my focus to saying that if UVM were to treat fraternity and sorority life fairly, there would be no more FSL. UVM’s Fraternity and Sorority life is a historically problematic emblem of racism ...

ResLife prioritizes the safety of residents

ResLife prioritizes the safety of residents

Letter to the Editor

May 2, 2017


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Dear Editor, Recently, the issue of police presence in the residence halls has received much attention. Despite numerous interviews and discussions, coverage has failed to capture the complexity and challenges involved in ensuring the health and safety of our students. Genuinely, I am appre...

UVM recognized as one of the most “green” campuses

UVM recognized as one of the most “green” campuses

Letter to the Editor

April 15, 2017


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Dear Editor, The University of Vermont recently received its second gold STARS award. STARS, or the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a system for universities worldwide to track and compare their sustainability efforts. STARS reports are broken down into six s...

Relay for Life: an experience of hope and inspiration

Relay for Life: an experience of hope and inspiration

Letter to the Editor

April 7, 2017


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Dear Editor, My name is Grace Murphy. I have never participated in a Relay for Life event until this year. I joined UVM’s Colleges Against Cancer club at the beginning of the year and I have committed a lot to this club. I have been inspired watching the donations made to my team throughout this event. I am...

First sleep out to end youth homelessness

First sleep out to end youth homelessness

Letter to the Editor

March 22, 2017


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Dear Editor, On Saturday, March 25th, Volunteers In Action is helping to bring the Sleep Out movement to the UVM campus for the first time. Throughout the world, Sleep Out events are building awareness and support for local community organizations working to end homelessness. On the even...

Eco-Reps promote green UVM

Letter to the Editor

March 7, 2017


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Dear Editor, The cover article titled "How Green is UVM?” published Feb. 22, has deeply resonated with me. While I agree that 20 percent Real Food is not where we should stop, the transition cannot happen overnight and exceeding 19% last year was a significant accomplishment. However, I...

UVM spent $1.6 million marketing the University

Letter to the Editor

February 3, 2017


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Dear Editor, Last August I walked across campus and saw for the first time the banners hanging from lampposts: “Doing All Things with Purpose, Genuine Ingenuity, An Academic Ecosystem.” Such are the slogans—generic, insipid, and utterly uninspiring—those banners display, and it dismayed me to reali...

Pack the Gut challenge fights gender bias

Pack the Gut challenge fights gender bias

Letter to the Editor

February 1, 2017


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Dear Editor, Have you gone to a hockey, soccer or a basketball game at UVM? Have you ever gone to a professional or World Cup game? Now that I have your attention, what was your immediate assumption as you considered the question? Were you thinking about a men’s or a women’s game? Wh...

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