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Realistic repercussions of leaving the UN

Nick Vidal, Junior Political Science and Russian Major at UVM
January 25, 2017
Filed under Guest Commentary, Opinion

Let’s clear a few things up here. The United Nations isn’t an obstacle to American “sovereignty.” The idea that the United States would somehow be more powerful or independent were it to relinquish its commitments to the UN is misguided, frightening, and deeply problematic. Not only ...

Women stand for the true America

Women stand for the true America

Staff Editorial
January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Half a million people gathered in our nation’s capitol. There was no service on the blocks they occupied. It was Jan. 21 — a day that will be remembered in history as the day people came together, both physically and metaphorically, to march for humanity, in all its diversity and intersec...

Liberalism’s true legacy

January 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion

We now know that fake news, real Russians and dank memes are all to blame for Clinton losing the election. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Democrats failing to provide a compelling message other than “She’s not Trump.” We should attribute Clinton’s failure in the pr...

The reality of Pence as a president

The reality of Pence as a president

January 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I'd be more comfortable with Mike Pence as president than Donald Trump and you should be too. It’s time to put to rest an oft-overheard saying, that Pence is “worse than Trump”. There are a number of misunderstandings and well-circulated myths that contribute to the liberals’ dreading of the...

The right to choose in “Trump’s America”

The right to choose in “Trump’s America”

Lily Spechler
January 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Ready for some alarming statistics? Planned Parenthood states that 3 out 10 women in the United States will get an abortion before the time they are 45. 18 out 100 people who use condoms will become pregnant every single year. The birth control pill is only 91% effective. In my eyes, as a youn...

Professor watch list: defending free speech

Professor watch list: defending free speech

January 18, 2017
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear UVM Students, We write to inform you that as members of the faculty of the University of Vermont we have signed on to the American Association of University Professors’ “Open Letter Regarding the Professor Watchlist.” You can find the letter and all of its signatories at https://www.aa...

Team shows humanity in tragedy

Team shows humanity in tragedy

January 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

On the afternoon of Jan. 6, a shooter entered Fort Lauderdale International Airport, murdered five innocent people and injured six others. Thirty-six more people faced injuries as a result of the panic that followed, including three members of UVM’s swimming and diving team. [media-credi...

UVM diversity training tackles Midwestern mentality

UVM diversity training tackles Midwestern mentality

December 8, 2016
Filed under Opinion

On Sunday, the University held its first annual diversity training specifically focused on white, midwestern American cultural differences by bringing a team of 10 professional traveling lecturers. Training took place in the Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom, Billings Library and several small...

Santa invests in “clean coal” this Christmas

Santa invests in “clean coal” this Christmas

Lily Spechler
December 8, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s that time of year again: Christmas cheer is in the air. However, it seems we’ve got some bad, bad hombres in this country and as a result we all might be getting coal in our stockings. Thankfully, though, this coal is ... clean? There are two myths I would like to debunk: since we...

Meditation will help ease stress and anxiety

Meditation will help ease stress and anxiety

December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Chances are you dear Cynic readers are just about Trumped out, and would rather not read another thing about Trump and his latest shenanigans. Instead, I want to talk to about the benefits of meditation. I think we could all use some help staying sane in these trying times, especially with ...

Mental health: UVM’s crowning jewel

Mental health: UVM’s crowning jewel

December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Our education goes far beyond what we learn in the classroom. Though the ultimate goal of an undergrad is to earn a degree, there is so much more to gain from a college experience than enhanced knowledge, especially at UVM. College is about the trials and tribulations of learning to overc...

Electoral College undermines the democratic process

Electoral College undermines the democratic process

December 2, 2016
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, The framers of the U.S. Constitution created the Electoral College as a result of a compromise for the presidential election process. During the debate, some delegates felt a direct popular election would lead to the election of each state’s favorite son, and none would emerge with...

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