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Natural disasters: God vs. scientific proof

Natural disasters: God vs. scientific proof

Piper Townsend

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Obviously, natural disasters are going to kill us all. God is clearly angry at the American people for their actions (I mean, Hillary Clinton is a lizard person and she was almost the leader of the free world). As actor Kirk Cameron said, natural disasters are “a spectacular display of G...

Prioritizing mental health services

Prioritizing mental health services

Staff Editorial

September 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Taking care of your mental health is hard. Sitting in front of a professional and vulnerably telling them your worries? Not easy. Getting mental health homework? Some people would rather have four exams in one week. Maybe you think meditation sounds even scarier. Having to sit silently with your o...

Why the University has a moral obligation to divest from TD bank

Why the University has a moral obligation to divest from TD bank

Keely Lyons

September 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

UVM is helping build the Dakota Access Pipeline. UVM invests in three major banks: TD Bank, Citizens Bank and People’s United Bank. It is unclear how much money UVM invests in these banks. However, it is clear how much money these banks give to the companies responsible for constructin...

A nation divided leads to fear and violence

A nation divided leads to fear and violence

James Simpson

September 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The 2016 presidential election seemed to be the peak of the political divide facing the American people. The level of violence that has risen from this divide wreaked havoc across the nation. Both sides of the political spectrum are to blame. From the right, we witnessed the horror ...

University treats FSL community unfairly

University treats FSL community unfairly

Ian Nathan

September 21, 2017


Filed under Opinion

"Alpha Beta Chode” was chalked on the sidewalk outside of the Royall Tyler Theatre in spring 2017. This phrase targeted a population on campus, yet nobody spoke up about it. This University, for some time now, has pushed a hypocritical agenda that preaches awareness and respect, unless...

You can prevent DUIs to save lives

You can prevent DUIs to save lives

Staff Editorial

September 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

One week ago, a member of our staff was at a small party on campus, drinking with eight of her friends in a residential hall. As the night went on, the group got rowdier. At 11 p.m. one of the party attendees, a sophomore with a car on campus, suggested the group drive downtown to look at Lake Cha...

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Counterpoint: But we are obligated to uphold the constitution

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Counterpoint: But we are obligated to uphold the constitution

James Simpson

September 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

I am not going to argue whether it would be just to deport illegal immigrants who came here as children. The fact is deporting every single illegal immigrant would be cost-prohibitive and impossible. I also will not deny that many illegal immigrants contribute to the economy, and removing al...

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Point: We have a moral duty to defend the Dreamers

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Point: We have a moral duty to defend the Dreamers

Matthew Hagberg

September 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Immigrants have been and continue to be the backbone of the nation. Still, Donald Trump announced his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But why? DACA is a just and beneficial program. Rather than judge the undocumented children of undocumented workers, called Dreamer...

VT prepares to face climate change

VT prepares to face climate change

Staff Editorial

September 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Recent worldwide environmental catastrophes have finally forced needed attention on climate change and the negative impact we humans have made on our planet. The magnitudes of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia as well as countless tornadoes and tropical storms are irrefutably correlate...

Conflict between religion and the First Amendment

Conflict between religion and the First Amendment

James Simpson

September 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The issue of gay rights is once again before the Supreme Court. Next month, the justices will hear arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on whether or not those in the wedding service industry may refuse to service same-sex weddings on the grounds of religious libert...

We don’t want your programmed dorms

We don’t want your programmed dorms

Staff Editorial

September 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

While new construction on campus is making our school more aesthetically pleasing, these new buildings designed around programmed housing carry a whole new set of issues. Over the summer, new buildings popped up on campus. One of them was the Central Campus Residence Hall, a dorm built for first-...

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