The Vermont Cynic

SGA needs to represent all students

Khalid AlMubarak

April 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

To build a truly representative students’ union, we can use the government body we already have. I began looking into this with a great degree of skepticism toward SGA. The students’ unions that I witnessed abroad were far more activist-oriented and more representative of their constituents. To solv...

Call out gender bias issue

Call out gender bias issue

Staff Editorial

April 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This week, a discrimination lawsuit four years in the making is finally going to trial. Cindy Ruescher, former UVM Enterprise Technology Services employee, accused the University of gender discrimination, creating a hostile workplace and firing her for complaining of discrimination issues. The cou...

Marriage is not the only option

Marriage is not the only option

Lilly Sharp

April 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A few weeks back, Toys R Us announced that it was closing all of its stores. Rather than blame internet retailers for stealing business in their 2017 annual report, Toys R Us blamed millennials for not having enough kids. While I don’t think the dropping birth rates are the sole reason for Toys R Us clo...

YouTube gun policy is harmful

YouTube gun policy is harmful

Cole Wangsness

April 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

YouTube enacted a new policy on content featuring firearms April 1. How much this policy will affect the firearms community is still to be seen. The policy included banning content related to direct sales and links to third party sellers, certain accessories related to fire rate and high-capacity mag...

SGA demands counselors

SGA demands counselors

Staff Editorial

April 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last week, SGA highlighted a desperate need for a counselor dedicated to the serving students of color at UVM. First-year SGA senator Carter Yee brought up a resolution calling on Counseling and Psychiatry Services to hire a mental health specialist to work specifically with students of color. We agr...

When we prescribe too quickly

When we prescribe too quickly

Lilly Sharp

April 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Around 36.4 percent of college students suffer from depression, according to the American Psychological Association. Today’s most popular treatment method is antidepressant drugs according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The idea behind antidepressant drugs is that depression is caused by...

The intern generation

Mills Sparkman

April 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“You think kids want to come with their parents and take fox-trot lessons? Trips to Europe, that’s what the kids want. Twenty-two countries in three days.” This line was uttered by hotel owner Max Kellerman in the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing,” and his sentiment of teenagers wanting different ...

How to engage SGA voters

How to engage SGA voters

Staff Editorial

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

If we were to write the staff editorial expected of this paper, we would say that only 20 percent of the student body voted in the SGA presidential election, and isn’t that a shame. We would wag our fingers at our fellow undergrads, and point out that an SGA president elect received only 1,124 votes...

UVM, bring Arabic back

Khalid AlMubarak

March 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

UVM hardly has a diverse student demographic by any measure, and that is why teaching non-European languages is critical to widen students’ perspective. There is a great deficiency of languages being taught at the University and possibly a misunderstanding over the purpose of teaching foreign lan...

Shots fired at absurd proposal

Shots fired at absurd proposal

Henry Mitchell

March 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s 2019, President Trump has successfully supplied firearms to the 20 percent of “highly trained” school teachers to protect students against crazy, armed lunatics. One in every five K-12 teachers have been thoroughly trained to use a wide variety of firearms to deal with multiple types of ...

We can rename buildings

We can rename buildings

Staff Editorial

March 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Two weeks ago, the board of trustees created a committee to discuss renaming buildings on campus. For over a year, students have called for the renaming of Perkins Hall and Bailey/Howe library. The committee will use a list of criteria developed by Yale University to decide whether or not to rename...

Resisting rent control

James Simpson

March 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Due to the high cost of housing here in Burlington, many residents might find the idea of rent control attractive. But rent control is bad economic policy, and would hurt the people it is supposed to help. Rent control is a government-imposed price ceiling on rent. Landlords would not legally be a...

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