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Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Gabby Lescadre

February 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Power to the pussy is a great mantra — just not for the entire feminist movement. For a sex that is predisposed to oppression at birth and whose sexual anatomy is a synonym for weakness, turning the word pussy into a symbol of strength and resistance is a no-brainer for feminists. Especially in t...

Unpopular Opinion: Cheese is a disgusting comfort food

Unpopular Opinion: Cheese is a disgusting comfort food

Ari Kotler

February 2, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Cheese is gross. Hold on — let me finish before you let out a loud  scoff and turn the page. I’m not saying cheese always tastes bad. I like a bagel with cream cheese or a slice of pizza as much as the next person. Mixed up with other yummy stuff, cheese isn’t so bad. But to all those folks w...

Let’s fix the trend of genderless kids’ names

Erin Powell

February 1, 2019


Filed under Opinion

I absolutely hate boy names on girls. I'm filled with rage when I hear of girls named James, Elliot or Tyler. I don’t think it’s cute: I think it's misogynistic. I’d have no problem with parents giving their daughters boy names if they also did it the other way around. Girls with masculine n...

The state of racism: it’s not geographic

The state of racism: it’s not geographic

Lilly Sharp

January 31, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Every time I tell someone I am from Alabama I get the look. You know the one I am talking about, a mixture of shock at my being in Vermont and my pride towards my home state. I'm not here to say Alabama is the greatest. I know my home state has its issues, but I see a real problem with the way Nor...

Variation is value is CAS

Variation is value is CAS

Staff Editorial

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Not all degrees are created equal. In October 2018, CAS changed degree requirements for all majors, dropping required credit hours to 30 while increasing the maximum amount of credits students can take from 18 to 19. According to English Department Chair Dan Fogel this change lets students take el...

New year, but with the same old issues

Ari Kotler

January 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

What a year it’s been. President Donald Trump’s rotting brain has continued its plunge into insanity. White ethno-nationalists (big shoutout to Iowa Rep. Steve “Grand Wizard” King), “fiscal conservatives” and the super-rich remain in a happy political marriage and maintain  control of our g...

Hopelessness shouldn’t be part of the news

Hopelessness shouldn’t be part of the news

Henry Mitchell

January 26, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Over winter break, I received a 23andMe kit. I thought I would just spit in a tube and wait for my ancestry results. Apparently these kits include a lot of warnings about life, including your risks for untreatable diseases. “Learning that you have a genetic risk factor for a disease can be diffic...

This year, do self-care for you

This year, do self-care for you

Izzy Abraham

January 25, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Mid-way through January, many people have New Years’ resolutions dictating their daily routines and choices. By opting to work out more frequently, eat a healthier diet or cut back on alcohol and drugs, many people are picking up self-care, a significant pop culture trend. However, I want to thro...

Residential Life works to decrease campus drug use

Letter to the Editor

January 24, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Since the establishment of the President’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs, we have worked tirelessly with campus partners to provide a collaborative response to substance use and abuse among the student population. The Department of Residential Life is committed to addressing health and safety...

It’s time for a new Women’s March

It’s time for a new Women’s March

Staff Editorial

January 23, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This past Saturday, Vermonters gathered in Montpelier — and in capitals across the nation — for the third annual Women’s March. The march was first conceived in the light of President Donald Trump’s 2016 election win. It’s well-known for being a symbol of resistance and unity, but it has also prov...

How the hotel industry can hurt developing countries

How the hotel industry can hurt developing countries

Colleen Ward

January 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Students coming back from winter break vacations don’t realize their impact on developing countries might be worse than they expected. The hotel and tourism industries are known for overusing fresh water, preventing local residents from accessing reliable water sources. Developing countries need hotel and to...

Medical amnesty faces conflict in WE

Medical amnesty faces conflict in WE

Jackson Schilling

January 18, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In December of 2018, CBS This Morning released a segment on UVM’s Wellness Environment. The segment praises the Wellness Environment for its ability to create a safer environment in a school that is notorious for partying. According to the segment, students in WE see improved GPAs and reduced bing...

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