The Vermont Cynic

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...

When we prescribe too quickly

When we prescribe too quickly

Lilly Sharp

April 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Around 36.4 percent of college students suffer from depression, according to the American Psychological Association. Today’s most popular treatment method is antidepressant drugs according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The idea behind antidepressant drugs is that depression is caused by...

The intern generation

Mills Sparkman

April 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“You think kids want to come with their parents and take fox-trot lessons? Trips to Europe, that’s what the kids want. Twenty-two countries in three days.” This line was uttered by hotel owner Max Kellerman in the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing,” and his sentiment of teenagers wanting different ...

How to engage SGA voters

How to engage SGA voters

Staff Editorial

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

If we were to write the staff editorial expected of this paper, we would say that only 20 percent of the student body voted in the SGA presidential election, and isn’t that a shame. We would wag our fingers at our fellow undergrads, and point out that an SGA president elect received only 1,124 votes...

UVM, bring Arabic back

Khalid AlMubarak

March 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

UVM hardly has a diverse student demographic by any measure, and that is why teaching non-European languages is critical to widen students’ perspective. There is a great deficiency of languages being taught at the University and possibly a misunderstanding over the purpose of teaching foreign lan...

Shots fired at absurd proposal

Shots fired at absurd proposal

Henry Mitchell

March 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s 2019, President Trump has successfully supplied firearms to the 20 percent of “highly trained” school teachers to protect students against crazy, armed lunatics. One in every five K-12 teachers have been thoroughly trained to use a wide variety of firearms to deal with multiple types of ...

We can rename buildings

We can rename buildings

Staff Editorial

March 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Two weeks ago, the board of trustees created a committee to discuss renaming buildings on campus. For over a year, students have called for the renaming of Perkins Hall and Bailey/Howe library. The committee will use a list of criteria developed by Yale University to decide whether or not to rename...

Resisting rent control

James Simpson

March 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Due to the high cost of housing here in Burlington, many residents might find the idea of rent control attractive. But rent control is bad economic policy, and would hurt the people it is supposed to help. Rent control is a government-imposed price ceiling on rent. Landlords would not legally be a...

Be skeptical of ResLife changes

Be skeptical of ResLife changes

Isabella Abraham

March 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Living/Learning Communities seem like the way to maximize a residence hall experience, especially for first-year students — that’s definitely what ResLife wants incoming first-year students to think. There are numerous LLCs spanning all of UVM’s campus this year, and ResLife is planning on main...

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...

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