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Juul, but use common sense

Juul, but use common sense

Staff Editorial

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Growing up, we were all told not to smoke. It would make us wheeze, turn our lungs black, give us cancer. Cigarettes were a relic of the past. Now, few of us can be caught flicking a lighter during a smoke break. We’re puffing away discreetly: Juuling. Look around on campus and you’ll see it — in the l...

Evironmental activism is a step toward social justice

Evironmental activism is a step toward social justice

Emily Johnston

December 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Many people struggle to choose between social justice or environmental justice. They think of them as two separate entities: both righteous, but on two different wavelengths. However, the environmental justice movement has a lot more in common with social justice than initially meets the eye. Both ...

Travel must be simplified for students

Travel must be simplified for students

Mills Sparkman

November 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We’ve all been there: break rolls around and after trying to ride with a friend or join a carpool, you give up and buy a bus ticket. Shivering in the Downtown Transit Center, afraid to get out of line because you might lose your spot, you ponder the choices you have to get home. Surely there’s ...

Identity runs deeper than skin and speech

Identity runs deeper than skin and speech

Gabby Felitto

November 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Latinx community is one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in America, according to a September 2017 Pew Research Center article. But they have issues concerning who is actually a part of their group. Being considered “not Latinx enough” can come from factors like religion and food preferen...

A future threatened by denial

A future threatened by denial

Staff Editorial

November 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last Wednesday, the same day the death toll from wildfires in California reached 83 people with hundreds more missing, President Donald Trump asked on Twitter, “Whatever happened to Global Warming?” The president’s tweet, based on an unusually cold forecast, contradicts not only the most popular under...

Evolution as I learned in Pokémon

Dolly Cupak

November 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Evolution Essay Winner “Woah! My Caterpie evolved into a Metapod,” exclaims every kid who has ever played Pokémon Yellow. I still remember my first time witnessing “evolution.” It took me seven level-ups to gain this excitement on my brother’s Game Boy Color at the age of six. The idea of ev...

UVM mental health professionals: we care about you

Letter to the Editor

November 17, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

We who work to support UVM students’ health and well-being continually seek ways to improve the services we provide that support students’ mental health needs. Like colleges across the country, UVM is experiencing an increase in student need for mental health and disability-related support. Ou...

How has social media changed us?

How has social media changed us?

Olivia Stafford

November 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Social media has consumed young people and has changed the way we communicate. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, we are submerging  ourselves into the digital world, oblivious to what is going on off our screens. Fifty-one percent of people ages 18 to 24 said that it would be ...

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...

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