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Blazing the route for democracy

April 14, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

As April 20 approaches, thousands of people will publicly smoke marijuana.It is time for this annual display of civil disobedience to become a sustained political movement for social and economic justice. Marijuana is not illegal for health or moral pureness; it has been prohibited for political and economic purposes. This law...

On punk rock

April 14, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

What do a 19th century German philosopher and a musical genre focused on defiance and a “do it yourself” attitude have in common? Well, first off, they were both wrongly co-opted by the far right.Nietzsche was the official philosopher of the Nazi Party, but if he had ever known that he would have most likely started to vom...

Metrosexual group wants to join LGBT

Daltrey Burris

April 14, 2015

Filed under Modest Proposals, Opinion

BURLINGTON, VT— In the last few days, an unlikely group had expressed its outrage toward the LGBTQA association, short for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and ally. The group, which was formed to provide support and protection for atypical sexualities and identities, now has a myriad of locations around the United ...

Why religion should be discussed

Joey Oteng

April 7, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

In new company, the rules of etiquette most often dictate that there are three topics inappropriate for polite discourse – religion, politics and money. Access news coverage from any reputable source and stories are dominated by all three. If we are to remain vigilant about speaking with well-formed opinions, we must gain the back...

Gary Derr, revealed

Daltrey Burris

April 7, 2015

Filed under Modest Proposals, Opinion

“Eureka!” The words resounded harshly against the sterile, eggshell-colored walls of the laboratory. Gary Derr shoved various half-empty alembics to the side and scribbled feverishly into the scrap ledgers of his UVM brand, recycled, one-subject notebook. After years of research in the sub-basement of Angell Hall, he’d finally ...

Racism can be subtle, too

Gaetano Martello

April 7, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

Many people are aware of the recent scandal at University of Oklahoma, where members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were secretly videotaped singing racist chants. This caused a lot of controversy, but more importantly, people seemed to remove themselves from their own internalized racism and ended up dumping it all on ...

Rethink diversity courses

Joey Oteng

March 10, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

Diversity is defined simply as difference, variety or a range of things. There are few things that unite the various academic departments at UVM. All students must take two “diversity” courses. The courses are partitioned into “race and racism in the U.S.” and another covering “human and societal diversity,” both...

The problem of inequality

February 24, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

There is nothing in the free market system to prevent the further accumulation of wealth among the extremely wealthy and the social inequality it produces.On the contrary, the democratic institutions of the United States have been corrupted to reflect the demands of the richest members of society resulting in levels of wealth i...

On the ‘Fifty Shades’ movement

February 24, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

This weekend, while tuned in to National Public Radio, I listened to a discussion regarding the immense cinematic success of “Fifty Shades of Grey”.As of this writing, the movie has grossed around $400 million worldwide, according to USA Today.The NPR discussion focused on what this means for American popular culture rega...

The lessons of cancer

Joey Oteng

February 17, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

What are you living for? It’s a moving question that could lead to various answers. Some would say a loved one while others would mention their goals of improving the world. More often than not, the answer would be absent or entail some overwhelmed rendition of “I don’t know.” It’s not a question one is asked regular...

Podcast reports a murder

February 3, 2015

Filed under Opinion Editorials

Where were you on Thursday six weeks ago?“I was probably in Boston still,” first-year Melina Heroux said.“Six weeks would be two weeks before vacation, which means we were right in the beginning of finals week ... I was probably writing my paper for [TAP] class,” first-year Frankie Lyon said.I couldn’t tell you wh...

Mayor and police standoff

Kate Lipman

January 13, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

More than 25,000 police gathered for the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos in New York City on Dec. 27. While the sheer number of officers that attended the funeral was newsworthy, the funeral made headlines for a moment that came during the speech made by New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio. When the mayor started to s...

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