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Blame guns, not mental health

Blame guns, not mental health

Simon Bupp-Chickering

March 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

One day after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Trump tweeted, “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!” It is not uncommon for pro-gun politicians to bring up mental health in response to mass shootin...

Drag scene redefining femininity

Lilly Sharp

March 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Growing up it was hard for me to find a relatable female role model. I wasn’t raised to be stereotypically feminine. It wasn’t until I found the world of drag that I found “female” role models I could relate to. The Vixen, a drag queen from Chicago, described drag as “the male interpretat...

Vote with compassion

Vote with compassion

Staff Editorial

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Tuesday is Town Meeting Day, which means that UVM students have the day off from classes to get out and vote. We urge all students who are exercising their right to vote to do so with care and commitment. When you cast a vote for the Ward 8 City Council representative and when you choose who will be...

Letter from elected official

Henry Mitchell

March 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Dear Cherished Constituents, It is I, your humble elected official. As you may or may not know, it’s currently an election year. That means that I, as well as many other humble elected officials, have to run for office to maintain our current positions. This is quite stressful for us and o...

The kids are all right: why student movements will save us all

Mills Sparkman

March 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This past week has been contentious, to say the least. NoNames for Justice and other student groups have rallied to support students and faculty of color on campus, and their voices have been heard. UVM administration has also made their voices heard, in the loudest way possible: silence. At...

Democratize UVM

Democratize UVM

Khalid AlMubarak

March 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We need a student’s union; a comprehensive and representative body that is elected by the students to serve the students. While organizations like the Black Student Union and the Asian Student Union are necessary and powerful, we still need one for the whole student body. It is questionable t...

Desensitized to shootings

Desensitized  to shootings

Ariana Arden

March 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Wednesday, Feb. 14 constituted one of the top 10 deadliest shootings in American history, according to a Feb. 19 CNN article. A former student opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17. If you’re like me, you were devastated to read this news. It's h...

LTE: Deans must step up

Letter to the Editor

March 1, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

We strongly believe that students of color and faculty want academic freedom. Faculty members can deliver this freedom, which comes with the responsibility to protect students’ freedom in regard to learning. Students are demanding an action plan for mandatory training of all University faculty. They...

Stay apprised, seek understanding

Staff Editorial

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

We have dedicated this issue to covering the protests, calls for resignation and administrative responses of the past week. In the reporting of activist group NoNames for Justice’s actions, it has become apparent to us that while a few hundred students are protesting, a greater majority of students ...

The NSA is watching us and we should be afraid

Simon Bupp-Chickering

February 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We were warned, but we didn’t listen. In 2013 Edward Snowden exposed how the National Security Agency was surveilling U.S. citizens under the guise of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other counterterrorism measures. Intended to allow intelligence agencies to prevent ...

U.S. should mirror German education

Henry Mitchell

February 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Free college education. Ok, now that I have your attention, I’m going to talk to you about tradition. We’ll get back to the college thing in a second. On Feb. 9, Sen. Bernie Sanders hosted German Ambassador Peter Wittig in Burlington to discuss how Germany governs differently from the U.S. While Sanders tried to encour...

From the editor’s desk

Cynic Staff

February 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Cynic Staff Since “Assault in ‘Safe Spaces’” was published in the Feb. 13 issue of the Cynic, we have heard serious concerns about the reporting and editing of the piece. We are deeply sorry to those who were hurt by the story. We did not intend to portray sexual assault as anything less than a s...

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