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Decriminalizing drugs lessens addiction and incarceration rates

Decriminalizing drugs lessens addiction and incarceration rates

Mills Sparkman

April 24, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

We should decriminalize drugs in the U.S. in order to combat our massive addiction problems and decrease mass incarceration. Since the days of Prohibition, the U.S. has learned that outlawing drugs or other substances will not stop people from using them. Today, politicians talk about legalizing cannabis, but t...

Decriminalizing drugs puts patients at risk of worse problems

Decriminalizing drugs puts patients at risk of worse problems

Henry Mitchell

April 24, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

I am concerned with the decriminalization of drugs in the U.S. because I expect a lack of follow-up to its implementation. To understand this problem, look at Portugal, the country most often pointed at when making the case for complete decriminalization of drugs. Under their system, possession of dru...

4/20 smokers ignore social justice

4/20 smokers ignore social justice

Staff Editorial

April 23, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

So often the fight to legalize cannabis is branded as a fight to have fun, but this ignores the serious repercussions that past cannabis laws have had on people of color. This past weekend saw the campus celebration of 4/20, when students gather on Redstone campus to celebrate cannabis. When the e...

Don’t vote based on brand recognition

Jackson Schilling

April 21, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In the last few weeks, UVM students were bombarded with campaign material for SGA’s presidential election. Junior Jillian Scannell and sophomore Owen Doherty put up posters, covered campus in small campaign cards, made their own Snapchat filter and utilized many other campaign strategies. W...

How to get your own cannabis as a college student

How to get your own cannabis as a college student

Henry Mitchell

April 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The 4/20 Redstone Campus smoke-out is a long-lasting tradition passed down from class to class. It’s an important symbol of UVM culture where students from all backgrounds unite in sharing the joy of cannabis in public, in broad daylight. Many participate every year, but some linger on the sidelines, g...

Drag isn’t exclusive to men

Drag isn’t exclusive to men

Lilly Sharp

April 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” showcases a number of drag queens competing to win the title of America’s Drag Superstar.  It is hosted and created by “the mother of drag,” Rupaul Charles. For years “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has stood as an icon of gay culture and progressive attitudes, but thi...

Support the Young Progressives’ free speech petition

Support the Young Progressives’ free speech petition

Gabby Lescadre

April 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion

If the last SGA elections taught us anything, it’s that UVM students are all about democracy. Seeing how widespread political involvement is on campus, UVM’s rigid policies on political activity are hard to believe. Student advocates believe now is the time for that change. The Young Progressi...

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Staff Editorial

April 18, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

While UVM is very conscious of the environment, we must aim higher and acknowledge our faults to be truly sustainable. Though we tout our lack of plastic water bottles and compost bags available in our residence halls, there are still environmental and sustainable blind spots. For example, the Univer...

Burlington’s undocumented deserve the right to vote

Burlington’s undocumented deserve the right to vote

Chris Harrell

April 17, 2019


Filed under Opinion

It’s a wonder why Burlington is not the first in the state to pass a non-citizen voting measure and why we aren’t actively pushing for it right now. Our city comes in first place in many different measures across the state of Vermont. It’s the largest city in terms of both population and econ...

Don’t be passive, act to make changes

Don’t be passive, act to make changes

Ari Kotler

April 17, 2019


Filed under Opinion

When I decided to attend UVM, I was aware of its status as one of the most “liberal” colleges in the U.S. A friend of mine once characterized it as “a melting pot of crunchy mountain people, Brooklyn, New York, hipsters and ‘socially liberal’ Connecticut rich kids.” Vermont received anot...

Extending dining hall hours is harmful to employees

Extending dining hall hours is harmful to employees

Chris Harrell

April 13, 2019


Filed under Opinion

We’ve all been there: hungry and tired, facing a closed dining hall. It’s easy to say that the dining halls should close later. But there’s more to the picture than simply keeping the lights on for an extra hour. Every extra minute that we keep the dining halls open is an extra minute’s lab...

Extra swipes won’t fix food insecurity

Extra swipes won’t fix food insecurity

Kim Henry

April 12, 2019


Filed under Opinion

When my friend told me about the University’s Swipe Out Hunger program, I thought UVM had finally solved my biggest grievance: eating on campus. I live off campus, so it’s hard to prep enough food to get through long days. I wouldn’t identify as “food insecure,” but I definitely can’t afford...

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