The Vermont Cynic

Janelle Monae’s new song empowers women

Janelle Monae’s new song empowers women

Kim Henry

April 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Janelle Monae’s new music video, “PYNK,” paints a radically queer and black sci-fi landscape. And the way things are going right now, I want to jump in the painting with her. For many black, femme oddballs out there, Monae has long been the android queen of our dreams, bopping and singing as her r...

Guilt tripping to save the earth

Guilt tripping to save the earth

John Strek

April 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We live in a world where environmental negligence is commonplace. Just look at what we’ve done. Disasters like the Sanchi oil spill this January or the Keystone Pipeline leak in November 2017  seem more grave than past disasters. Infrastructure, including building construction, transportation and electr...

Technology is changing cognition

Luke Liscio

April 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The negative effects of technology are widely known, yet we refuse to acknowledge them. Instead of just relying on research to understand the effects of technology, such as addiction to our devices and decreased face-to-face interaction, we must also use our own wits to identify these effects in ou...

Learning from a long history of revolutionary action

Learning from a long history of revolutionary action

Gabriel Timberg

April 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

There have been times in my life where everything seemed like a hopeless waste of time, and during these times there has been one comforting thought that makes it all OK: the hope of a year as revolutionary as 1968. 1968 served as the most important social turning point during the Cold War, setting up...

Mandated reporting issue

Mandated reporting issue

Staff Editorial

April 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

For some people it’s a friend, others a family member, sometimes a professor.  We all have someone we trust in our lives who we can turn to with issues or concerns. But when is that person legally obligated to share those conversations with law enforcement? As mandated reporters, all faculty, s...

Students & Government – Part 2

Students & Government – Part 2

Khalid Almubarak, Multimedia Reporter

April 23, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, Opinion, Podcasts

In this episode of Students & Government, we meet Luke and student senator Nicole. We get a sample perspective on the SGA, and what possibly motivates a student to vote. Luke shares his insights, and Nicole talks about the great load of issues that the SGA committees have to deal with, and gives...

New S.55 bill infringes on rights

New S.55 bill infringes on rights

James Simpson

April 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Going back on a campaign promise made to his supporters, Gov. Phil Scott has signed an egregious piece of gun control legislation, S.55, into law. Contained in this law are mandatory background checks for private gun sales and a ban on the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds for rifles ...

SGA needs to represent all students

Khalid AlMubarak

April 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

To build a truly representative students’ union, we can use the government body we already have. I began looking into this with a great degree of skepticism toward SGA. The students’ unions that I witnessed abroad were far more activist-oriented and more representative of their constituents. To solv...

Call out gender bias issue

Call out gender bias issue

Staff Editorial

April 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This week, a discrimination lawsuit four years in the making is finally going to trial. Cindy Ruescher, former UVM Enterprise Technology Services employee, accused the University of gender discrimination, creating a hostile workplace and firing her for complaining of discrimination issues. The cou...

Marriage is not the only option

Marriage is not the only option

Lilly Sharp

April 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A few weeks back, Toys R Us announced that it was closing all of its stores. Rather than blame internet retailers for stealing business in their 2017 annual report, Toys R Us blamed millennials for not having enough kids. While I don’t think the dropping birth rates are the sole reason for Toys R Us clo...

YouTube gun policy is harmful

YouTube gun policy is harmful

Cole Wangsness

April 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

YouTube enacted a new policy on content featuring firearms April 1. How much this policy will affect the firearms community is still to be seen. The policy included banning content related to direct sales and links to third party sellers, certain accessories related to fire rate and high-capacity mag...

SGA demands counselors

SGA demands counselors

Staff Editorial

April 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last week, SGA highlighted a desperate need for a counselor dedicated to the serving students of color at UVM. First-year SGA senator Carter Yee brought up a resolution calling on Counseling and Psychiatry Services to hire a mental health specialist to work specifically with students of color. We agr...

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