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TikTok brings young creators to the center

TikTok brings young creators to the center

Emily Johnston

January 30, 2020

TikTok, a video-sharing app that is growing in popularity, is exactly what youth culture needs. TikTok is a social network owned by ByteDance and was launched in 2017. Since its initial release, the app has garnered 1 billion active users, according to a June 2019 CNN article. “At first I downlo...

UVM, strive for transparency

UVM, strive for transparency

Letter to the Editor

January 29, 2020

In October 2019, posters went up across campus warning of exclusion on the Incentive Based Budgeting steering committee, pending academic cuts, pay inequality and a worrying New England Commission of Higher Education report. They were born from an op-ed that the Cynic declined to publish earlier tha...

We must force change upon Sodexo

We must force change upon Sodexo

Zoë Kennedy

January 23, 2020

Sodexo is a name well-known on campus, but less known are names like Bronzefield, Addiewell or Melaleuca. These are some of the prisons that Sodexo operates. Sodexo as a multinational corporation is harming the international community through involvement in human rights abuse in the private prison ind...

SGA is scared to talk to you

SGA is scared to talk to you

Staff Editorial

January 22, 2020

Dear SGA senators, If you are afraid to talk to another student you don’t know, you should not be on SGA. In their first meeting back this semester, SGA debated for almost two hours over changes to their election process. One of those changes included a debate over the requirement for senators t...

Guest commentary: UVM’s land grant mission is paramount

An antique wooden desk first belonging to  Vermont Senator Justin Morrill, author of the Morrill Act of 1862 establishing the country’s first land grant universities, sits in President Garimella's office.

Guest Commentary

January 16, 2020

Editor's Note: This commentary is by Suresh V. Garimella, President, University of Vermont Against the back wall of my UVM office sits an antique wooden desk. Its surface is bare of books and paper because it serves no mere utilitarian purpose. As the desk that once belonged to Vermont Sena...

Setting boundaries? Try holding off on holding hands

Setting boundaries? Try holding off on holding hands

Erin Powell

December 12, 2019

During the summer of 2018, I decided to keep myself pure for marriage and save hand-holding for my husband. Only hand-holding. It started off as a joke between me and my friends when we were making fun of fundamentalist Christians like the Duggars who save their first kiss for marriage. In actualit...

Smut lets your imagination run wild

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Gabby Felitto

December 11, 2019

Like many prepubescent awkward teens, I became interested in sex when I was younger. Through reading smut, I was able to explore what sex was. I’ve read smuts about TV shows like “Sherlock,” and bands like 5 Seconds of Summer. Today, as a 19-year-old, smut is still one of my favorite ways to dest...

Letter to the Editor: How UVM’s values align with divestment

Letter to the Editor: How UVM's values align with divestment

Letter to the Editor

December 9, 2019

Letter to the Editor Sophia Smith '21 Chair, SGA Committee on the Environment Member, Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Council Undergraduate Representative, Budget and financing subcommittee of board of trustees The push for divestment from fossil fuels has been an ongoing struggle with...

Democratic state success doesn’t mean national wins

Democratic state success doesn’t mean national wins

Chris Harrell

December 5, 2019

Democrats scored key victories across the country in statewide elections earlier this month. They captured the governorships of Louisiana and Kentucky and flipped the Virginia Senate from red to blue, giving the Democrats control of every branch of government in the state for the first time in decades. ...

Letter to the Editor: Understand bias behind “Perspectives”

Letter to the Editor: Understand bias behind “Perspectives”

Letter to the Editor

December 5, 2019

Last summer, UVM student leaders were invited to attend Maccabee Task Force’s Perspectives Trip, a propaganda campaign designed to obscure the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine. Unfortunately, Hillel at UVM has decided to bring back the Perspectives Trip this year and is once again inviting UVM ...

BPD officers must strive for de-escalation

BPD officers must strive for de-escalation

Meg Trogolo

December 4, 2019

On Nov. 8, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan made an announcement that proved Vermont law enforcement cares more about loyalty to each other than keeping Vermonters safe. Donovan said in a press conference that he would not continue to investigate Burlington police officer Cory Campbell’s invol...

Activists should abide by truth

Activists should abide by truth

Staff Editorial

December 3, 2019

Over this past month, posters have been strewn on tables and tacked to bulletin boards across campus. “DON’T BE THEIR PUPPET,” they read, in white lettering. In the background of the poster, an ominous and dark illustration of a gray hand with red strings tied to each finger holds up a wooden p...

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