The Vermont Cynic

Birding combines curiosity and patience

A Hammond's Flycatcher in a tree, New York City. December 18, 2017.

Jordan Spindel, Opinion Columnist

April 24, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to upend our way of life, many people are looking to the outdoors as a way to distract themselves from the relative boredom of our new reality. Although I too have been feeling this boredom, I’ve decided to spend more time doing something I love that connects me to the outdoors...

Pokemon Go brought us outside, Animal Crossing will keep us in

Pokemon Go brought us outside, Animal Crossing will keep us in

Emily Johnston

April 24, 2020

The release of video games in the current era can have a worldwide impact on human behavior. On July 6, 2016, Pokemon Go was released, and for the entire summer, youths across the world went outside to catch pokemon. During the new coronavirus outbreak, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released on ...

Outdoor yoga brings a breath of fresh air

Outdoor yoga brings a breath of fresh air

Tori Scala, Opinion Columnist

April 23, 2020

Dear COVID-19, This may sound completely crazy, but I would like to thank you. This virus has caused immense suffering and pain on a large scale, but as I sit here reflecting on my time during quarantine, I realize it has done some good for my overall wellbeing.  Before the pandemic, I could not recall...

If you go outdoors, don’t go alone

If you go outdoors, don't go alone

Gabby Felitto, Opinion Columnist

April 23, 2020

Many who come to UVM are outdoorsy people looking to experience the exciting skiing and hiking trails Vermont has to offer. Being from New York City, I wouldn't say that I am not an outdoors person, but I am more of an urban outdoors person.  My favorite outdoors activity is walking from my neighbor...

It’s Outdoors Week at the Cynic. Here’s why.

It's Outdoors Week at the Cynic. Here's why.

Staff Editorial

April 20, 2020

Today we begin Outdoors Week at the Vermont Cynic. Our staff had been planning the Cynic’s first-ever Outdoors Issue since January, and though this is not the way we envisioned it would turn out, we are excited to present it to you nonetheless.  Cynic illustrator sophomore Savanah Tebeau-She...

Guest Commentary: Eco-Reps want to help you cope with climate change 

Guest Commentary: Eco-Reps want to help you cope with climate change 

Guest Commentary

April 16, 2020

Editor’s Note: This commentary is by Makayla Salas '20, Eco-Reps writing manager The 50th Earth Day is rapidly approaching, and the UVM Eco-Reps, alongside other partners on campus, are working hard to make the celebration, education, and action events virtual.  This year, Eco-Reps is focusing on a very crucial com...

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April 15, 2020

When editors at the Vermont Cynic aren't working at the paper, we've been keeping ourselves busy in a variety of unique ways. Take these with a grain of salt, and get ready to laugh. Dave Cabrera, Podcast Editor: Watch Lost to remember that all mysteries will be solved During quarantine I’ve been rewatching ...

UVM allowing a pass/fail option is the ethical choice 


Caroline Slack, Opinion columnist

April 10, 2020

While moving classes online was a necessary step for the safety of our student body, online classes are not the ideal learning environment.  There is a reason that students at UVM are attending college in-person: the real-life classroom experience is incredibly valuable. The University of Verm...

Find the silver lining in COVID-19

Find the silver lining in COVID-19

Sophie Oehler

April 9, 2020

It’s fairly easy to write negative opinions. All you have to do is come up with something you’re angry about, channel that fury into coherent sentences and voila! You’re a member of the problematic peanut gallery.  It’s easier still to write negative opinions right now, since 2020 has give...

Without a boredom crush, it’s easy to lose motivation

Without a boredom crush, it's easy to lose motivation

Erin Powell

April 7, 2020

School being remote for the rest of the semester is a real bummer. But all the discussions of why remote learning is terrible have overlooked the backbone of academia: boredom crushes. A boredom crush is a cute person in your class that you have a passive crush on. The crush likely is specific to that...

COVID-19 Dispatch Part 3: In Manhattan, new routines reduce pandemic panic

COVID-19 Dispatch Part 3: In Manhattan, new routines reduce pandemic panic

Jordan Spindel, Opinion columnist

April 2, 2020

COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. It has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization with over 600,000 cases worldwide as of March 27. This event caused a rare closure of the University of Vermont and a chaotic transition to online learning for the rest of the semester. When I ...

COVID-19 Dispatch Part 2: The mental toll of total isolation in New Jersey

Sophomore Emily Johnston stares longingly out the window of her New Jersey home, Mar. 31.

Emily Johnston, Opinion columnist

April 1, 2020

Being alone for extended periods of time sounds like an introvert’s dream, but in actuality, it can be bad for one’s mental health. A quiet life is often depicted as nice, but being confined to one house five hours away from my University and my life indefinitely is taking a toll on me. I ha...

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