The Vermont Cynic

Clarification on new budget model

April 7, 2016

Dear Editor,I remain grateful for the continued interest and engagement in our transition to a new budget model. In response to the March 30, 2016 Cynic article on IBB, I’d like to provide the following thoughts and clarifications.I, too, share concern about access, affordability, resources and the ...

Remember context when looking back

Remember context when looking back

April 6, 2016

Dear Readers of the Vermont Cynic,Kake Walk, perspective of the era and lessons learned applicable to today.We were interviewed for the Cynic series regarding Kake Walk. We do not argue against its demise but because the mention of it is taboo and it is included in a series on racism, UVM may miss a...

An honest response to last week’s ‘sorority life’ piece

March 31, 2016

Dear editor,In case this message finds its way into the hands of a reader who may not have seen the article I am referencing, yet another uninspired satirical list of offensive stereotypes about sorority life was recently published in the Cynic and it deserves a response. While I understand the piece is...

A thank you letter to our writers

March 17, 2016

Dear Editor,I'd like to thank the young lady for the well thought-out article, Feb. 10, 2016 on Hans Asperger.  As a retired registered nurse, who happened to have a son with Asperger's Syndrome, I am well aware of it.There is so much misinformation on the Internet and even in books by alleged “exp...

Let students draw their own conclusions on controversies

March 3, 2016

Dear Editor,People make “hard to believe” and/or false statements all the time.When an email was sent to UVM students suggesting an Auschwitz crematorium was a hoax, the response from the UVM vice provost for student affairs was a statement that any communication that falsely proclaims inaccurate hi...

Asperger’s column was misguided

February 16, 2016

Dear Editor,The column on Hans Asperger, who gave “Asperger syndrome” its name, in the Cynic, Feb. 10, 2016, gets its history wrong. It relies on science journalist Steve Silberman, who in his most recent book, “Neurotribes,” devotes a chapter to Asperger.Apparently relying on Silberman, the co...

Defending liberal education

December 9, 2015

Dear Editor, Liberal education, and the study of the liberal arts and sciences, must remain the foundation of the American higher education system. Nationwide, we’ve seen this concept fall under attack from the pundits, and even politicians from both sides of the aisle. President Obama recently...

A Vermonter’s two-cents on Bernie Sanders

October 7, 2015

As a two-term UVM student body president, a lifelong Vermont resident and a 2006 volunteer for Bernie Sanders’ bid for the U.S. Senate, the meteoric rise of our junior senator in the 2016 Democratic primary race and the constant Facebook posts from friends and former colleagues have prompted a desire to c...

Letter to the Editor: Donald Trump ‘16

September 10, 2015

Sorry, I just can’t contain my excitement any longer. This is the man I have been waiting for all my life, almost like a real Prince Charming.He has it all, the perfect hair, the wealth, and above all else, the best public relations record of any Republican presidential candidate to date.Move aside Ro...

Let’s stop hiding in basements

April 28, 2015

Pot smoking in 2013 is similar to alcohol prohibition circa 1923; a lot of people do it, a lot of people like doing it, and those same people wont give it up just because its illegal. I am not an opponent of marijuana smoking even though it is illegal.Lets face it, there are a lot of things that are ...

Europe’s Jews still face anti-Semitism

April 14, 2015

This is a letter regarding Jeffrey Goldberg’s cover article in the Atlantic, entitled “Should the Jews leave Europe?”Goldberg’s recent article takes the pulse of current political thought regarding anti-Semitism in Europe. The situation for Jews in Europe, as I have previously written, is mor...

Rape jokes are not humorous

April 7, 2015

The article “Rape Jokes Reveal Injustice” [Mar. 18] is a perfect example of why we need more education regarding rape culture and sexual violence. Joe Vautrin contends that comedian Hannibal Buress “helped bring a serial rapist [Bill Cosby] to justice … with a rape joke,” which just shows ...

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