The Vermont Cynic

Five Things a Liberal Should Remember

September 11, 2004

5 things to remember going into this presidential election: 1) John Kerry may be a big jerk, but he isn't George W. Bush. There are significant differences between the two men. Imagine what the Supreme Court will look like if G.W. gets another four years. Skalia will die, and another Rhenquist wi...

Ban on Exotic Animal Acts in Burlington

September 10, 2004

Dear Editor,We at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) applaud the Burlington City Council members who made the compassionate, prudent decision to ban exotic animal acts from Burlington. The ruling will not only increase public safety in Burlington, it will also help educate others about the...

Freedom in the Era of the “National Security State”

April 26, 2004

The recent behavior of the current Bush administration has been raising eyebrows, and not only those of the opposition in congress. Particularly over the past year, average citizens have begun to question the strategy, if not the sanity, of the foreign policy initiative taken by President George W. Bu...

Kids So Stoned, Cops So Rude

April 26, 2004

Ahh yes, the 420 controversy continues. Well I for one had a fine time on 420. I hung out on Redstone green with a few hundred of my fellow students and listened to some impressive improv. musicians jamming in the warm sun. This was probably the first time I have ever felt any community unity at UV...

The Only Thing Worse Than A Loud Conservative is a Room Full of Socialists

April 26, 2004

In both this week's and last week's issues of The Cynic, there has been considerable debate about whether there is enough diversity of opinion on the UVM campus. Some students believe that the departure of Professor Kaufman heralds the end of what little conservative voice there was at UVM. Others be...

Stop for the Moment

April 26, 2004

Too often, we think about the past or try to envision the future, but virtually no time is spent experiencing the present tense. About what is happening at this very moment. About being conscious of what is around us. Now meditation may sound a bit hokie to most, but that is what this is. Focusing on...

If You Don’t Listen to Me, I Won’t Listen to You

April 26, 2004

In response to Mary Howland's article, I would like to briefly suggest that being "liberal" and/or "open minded" MIGHT PERHAPS suggest that you listen to those who have opinions that differ from your own. This MIGHT PERHAPS include "conservatives", if you can find one or two on campus. Most have gr...

Could it all be so Simple Then

April 19, 2004

Hey dude, how was your night? Oh, it was ok? That's good. You went out with that girl? That's good. Tell me more, did she put up a fight? Ow, so you mean she was willing, so you didn't have to rape her. That's good.Although this conversation could easily have been one partaken in by some random fr...

If You Got Upset About Our April Fool’s Issue, Then Read This

April 19, 2004

I write this in response to the significant amount of criticism I have heard from among the student body following the Cynic's April Fools' Issue. I address my comments mainly, however, to Heather Kahill, not because I think hers was the most well-presented nor the best-argued commentary; but be...

Phenomenology is for Everybody

April 19, 2004

I have observed throughout my years of reading the Cynic editorial section that much of the complaints rendered against the University have consisted of some sort of consciousness of the enslavement to the totalizing roles that make up our identities. Just last week for instance, there was an ar...

The Real Situation of Political Correctness and Diversity at UVM

April 19, 2004

In last week's issue of the Cynic, there was an editorial mourning the departure of Professor Kaufman from the political science department, and bemoaning the extent to which "political correctness" has taken hold at UVM, supposedly inhibiting diversity and freedom of speech. Losing an ultra-conservative wh...

Dressed to Thrill

April 12, 2004

Why is it that people who wear uniforms think they have figured out the way to be original? Be they patchwork pants, jackets with lots of punk patches, or the emo outfit reminiscent of revenge of the nerds, it seems as though to truly entrench yourself in a group of true "individuals", you need to...

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