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Despite faults in election system, go vote

Despite faults in election system, go vote

Henry Mitchell

March 4, 2020

Today, March 3, is “Super Tuesday” when 14 states will hold their primary elections. Many people are rightfully worried about their preferred candidate not getting nominated as the official Democratic Party nominee. We need to keep fighting and remember our votes do matter. Despite the flaws i...

Climate anxiety goes unspoken

Climate anxiety goes unspoken

Jordan Spindel

March 4, 2020

One of the biggest global issues of our time is climate change. We are just starting to see its effects: droughts, floods and fires. These effects will only get more severe in the future, according to a November 2018 United Nations report. But there is one effect that goes underreported: anxiety an...

Don’t count out Bernie Sanders just yet

Don’t count out Bernie Sanders just yet

Matt Heineman

February 28, 2020

Political experts on the left sometimes argue that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters could present a problem for the Democratic Party’s effort to defeat President Donald Trump in the presidential election. They are wrong. Some notable criticisms have come from figures such as New York Times opinion ...

Burlington City Council ward debate: UVM’s role in BTV housing

Burlington City Council ward debate: UVM’s role in BTV housing

Emily Johnston

February 27, 2020

My main takeaway from the Feb. 21 Burlington Tenants Union City Council debate was that all candidates at the debate agree there is a housing crisis and they all agree UVM plays a role in this crisis. I think UVM students and the campus itself play a large role in the politics of Burlington. I ofte...

Burlington City Council ward debate: We need clear information

Burlington City Council ward debate: We need clear information

Henry Mitchell

February 27, 2020

On Feb. 21, I went to the City Council candidate debate hosted by the Burlington Tenants Union to get a better sense of what to expect from those running. What I found out instead was that Burlington is apparently a very progressive, but not very organized city. In order to get the best perspective o...

Why we should all be reading more news

Why we should all be reading more news

Sophie Oehler

February 26, 2020

When I was younger, my favorite thing to listen to on the radio was “Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR, and my favorite TV show was Rick Steves’ Europe travel review on PBS. I know I must sound like the lamest 7-year-old ever, but my love for NPR and PBS has now helped me appreciate the im...

Students, use your vote wisely

Students, use your vote wisely

Staff Editorial

February 26, 2020

Voting is one of the most direct ways to participate in democracy. This election season, make sure your vote is an educated one. UVM is a politically engaged campus. Democrats, Republicans and Progressives are all represented here through student groups, and it’s not unusual to see a presidential c...

Guest Commentary: When do we succeed at UVM? When our students do.

President Suresh Garimella sits during the board of trustees meeting, Oct. 25, 2019.

Guest Commentary

February 24, 2020

Editor’s Note: This commentary is by Suresh V. Garimella, President, University of Vermont A three-time Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter. The first African American to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Two Nobel Peace Prize winners.  One of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful...

“Impossible Burgers” were made only for meat eaters

“Impossible Burgers” were made only for meat eaters

Erin Powell

February 20, 2020

Recently, plant-based meat substitutes that mimic the taste and texture of meat have popped up in grocery stores, nice restaurants and fast food chains. As a vegetarian, I am thrilled that plant-based foods are becoming more accessible. But I wish the veggie options didn’t taste like real meat. Plant-ba...

Brands shouldn’t be driven by memes

Brands shouldn’t be driven by memes

Henry Mitchell

February 20, 2020

For years, I’ve tried ignoring brands’ attempts at keeping their image up to date. But with “Baby Nut,” I think brands have to stop fixating on social media. Baby Nut is the new image of Planters peanuts. After the tragic “death” of their previous mascot, Mr. Peanut, the company brought...

K-pop artists deserve more than they get

K-pop artists deserve more than they get

Gabby Felitto

February 19, 2020

I’ve loved BTS, a Korean boy band,  since their song “Dope” came out in 2015, my first year of high school. Since then, I’ve watched them grow to become one of the biggest musical acts in the world. While I’m ecstatic that the group I love is gaining attention, American award shows need to reco...

Floor vandalism needs to stop

Floor vandalism needs to stop

Staff Editorial

February 19, 2020

On Thursday night Feb 13, the Cynic sent a photographer to walk around various UVM dorms to get as many photos as possible of the aftermath of vandalism. To be honest, we thought this was going to be a shot in the dark. We were doubtful that he would see anything. But when he came back, we sat at his c...

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