The Vermont Cynic

Success for Democrats is daring to dream

Success for Democrats is daring to dream

Ari Kotler

November 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Over the last month, I’ve had to watch President Donald Trump play dumb over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, stir up hysteria about a nonexistent migrant “invasion” and promise to end birthright citizenship by executive order. So yeah, it felt good to watch Republica...

Be conscious in giving thanks

Be conscious in giving thanks

Staff Editorial

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

It’s November and we’ve made it to the final stretch of the semester. Once we hit the middle of the month, the few remaining weeks melt together in a mess of final exams, projects, readings and essays, then, finally, some rest. But, one week in particular can feel especially long — and that ...

Priority to the people: expanding STEM dept.

Letter to the Editor

November 11, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

The phrase “let’s get this degree” embodies the sentiment many, perhaps most, hold towards university. To respond to last week’s “public school, private donors” editorial, this trend is not just at UVM and is not just the University’s fault. As a group of people, Americans are very focused on ...

Which pressing issues take precedence? Ask the press

Which pressing issues take precedence? Ask the press

Henry Mitchell

November 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In an Oct. 30, 2018 piece I wrote, I tried to defend the benefits that come with a nonpartisan, representative press. I admit that it was a rather optimistic outlook on the state of freedom of speech in our country and one that doesn’t hold up very well in our current political climate. The questio...

When social and fiscal beliefs clash

When social and fiscal beliefs clash

Jackson Schilling

November 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

College is, and should be, a place to openly express your political views. A common stance is the “socially liberal, fiscally conservative” attempt to strike a balance between two very divided parties. While I agree that partisan politics are destructive to our democracy, it must be made clear that clai...

America’s killer obsession comes at a cost

America’s killer obsession comes at a cost

Gabby Felitto

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Everyone is flocking to the newest installment of “Halloween” to see America’s favorite killer, Michael Myers. Unknown to many Americans, there are teenagers across social media romanticizing the real Michaels. They’re the True Crime Community. Many in this community, excluding bloggers who post sole...

“It’s ok to be white” returns

“It’s ok to be white” returns

Staff Editorial

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

When signs saying “It’s OK to be white” went up around campus for the second time last week, many students who saw them online may have thought they were seeing last year’s news. The intense backlash to these signs was both immediate and unsurprising to most of the student body. One would as...

Who is afraid of the opinion section? A conversation

Who is afraid of the opinion section? A conversation

Henry Mitchell

November 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Scene: Person One overhears anguish from Person Two and investigates the source Person Two has read the headline of a New York Times op-ed titled “The Curse of Affirmative Action” and appears to be in a fit of rage. Person One tries to talk it out with Person Two, causing tension. Person One: ...

Your plastic straw is not the problem

Your plastic straw is not the problem

Mills Sparkman

November 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The morning started out like any other. I stopped at the University Marche on my way to class to get my usual: an everything bagel with cream cheese and an iced coffee. Normally, I would fill up my reusable tumbler, but I decided it needed a wash and left it in my room. I went for a plastic cup ins...

Different teaching styles can help students

Different teaching styles can help students

Emily Johnston

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I have only been in college for a couple months and I have already started to notice that some professors teach the same material differently. Neil Fleming, a professor at Lincoln University in New Zealand, popularized the idea that people learn best through auditory, visual, verbal or kinesthetic t...

Public school, private donors

Public school, private donors

Staff Editorial

October 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Over $100 million was designated to campus renovations and construction over the next few years at the most recent board of trustees session, a biannual meeting in which board members discuss and vote on the future of UVM. Despite the spending, the humanities remain in crisis on UVM’s campus. Earl...

Mental health is a long-term investment

Letter to the Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

As someone who was diagnosed with a high-functioning mental illness during early adolescence, I really expected to be overrun with resources in college to handle my feelings and ultimately leave that part of my life behind. Yet, I have seen a frightening institutional trend at UVM: apathy towards st...

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