The Vermont Cynic

Mental health on campus

Mental health on campus

Staff Editorial

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last semester, a first-year illustrator on staff, Cole Thornton, was struggling with the transition to college. The stresses Thornton experienced were routine: balancing the buffet of social opportunities with new academic expectations. Like many students looking for professional help, he reached out to ...

Celebrities are unqualified for presidency

Celebrities are unqualified for presidency

Isabella Abraham

February 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

College students today recognize Donald Trump (and maybe Oprah Winfrey) as some of the first out-of-their-mind celebrities to consider running for office. While the Trump administration is breaking new ground every day, the mind-boggling trend of Hollywood’s finest moving into national politics i...

Faculty union ad deceives students

Faculty union ad deceives students

Staff Editorial

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Let’s get one thing straight: for what they do, some of the best professors at UVM make nowhere near enough money. Take Rubenstein professor Trish O’Kane, who developed a program that connects young children with nature through birding. Or English professor Major Jackson, poetry editor of the Har...

Ode to a government shutdown

Henry Mitchell

February 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

‘Twas the day before Trump’s next year; there was a chore: Pass a bill, allow the government to spend more; But while Republicans wanted a big wall, Democrats just wanted DACA, that was all!   To pass the bill, Congress couldn’t stay in groups; Democrats should get their DAC...

Drone warfare is unprincipled

Drone warfare is unprincipled

Simon Bupp-Chickering

February 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion

At 10:45 a.m. March 17, 2011 in North Waziristan, a northern region of Pakistan, the first of at least two drone missiles struck the target location, instantly killing everyone within it and sending their mutilated corpses flying. Blood and body parts scattered the ground as more hellfire missiles raine...

Democrats caused this government shutdown

James Simpson

February 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The recent government shutdown was a Democrat-led stunt that prioritized the interests of illegal immigrants over the interests of American citizens. Senate Democrats filibustered the proposed government funding bill — which contained nothing they objected to — because it lacked protections for Defer...

Solve VT’s drug epidemic

Solve VT’s drug epidemic

Staff Editorial

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Thanks to Sen. Dick Sears, a bill legalizing safe injection sites is off the table for 2018. The bill would have legalized the creation of supervised spaces for people to legally use opioid drugs. Vermont legislature’s decision to put the proposal off will result in overdose deaths. The sites, w...

A stream of consciousness regarding today’s politics

A stream of consciousness regarding today’s politics

Henry Mitchell

January 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Ha! Trump called himself a “very stable genius” who is “like, really smart” on his twitter Jan. 6. What an egomaniac; he is totally not qualified to be president. Lemme just tweet at him the excerpt of “Fire and Fury” that says he eats cheeseburgers in bed. Now he will look stupid on Twi...

Feminism has to transcend generational differences

Feminism has to transcend generational differences

Mills Sparkman

January 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

While watching the Golden Globe Awards with my parents, I noticed something interesting. As I cheered on Seth Meyers and his jokes skewering Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen and other male celebrities accused of sexual assault, my parents seemed bored about 10 minutes in. They began questioning the legitimacy ...

Coercion is not consent: the dialogue following the Aziz Ansari scandal fails

Madeleine Cary

January 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It started with women sharing their stories of sexual harassment and assault with #MeToo. The Time’s Up movement focused on the insidious sexual harassment in Hollywood. It has been painful, but also legitimizing, to see perpetrators brought to justice. Harvey Weinstein. Matt Lauer. Kevin Spacey. Wome...

Campus organizations create safe spaces

Campus organizations create safe spaces

Staff Editorial

January 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This week, we got a tip from a student about racist posters posted around the Waterman green. We thought it was old news – two months old, in fact. The front page of the Nov. 14 issue of the Cynic read “Posters highlight racial tensions.” Old news? Unfortunately not. These posters were roun...

Demand for public course evaluations

Demand for public course evaluations

Charlotte Malling

January 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Why aren’t we putting course evaluations online? It’s two days before classes start and my friend is still trying to get into the classes she wanted this semester. Ratemyprofessor.com is open in one tab as she flips through deciding whose section to take a major requirement with. She then asks a...

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