The Vermont Cynic

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...

Be skeptical of ResLife changes

Be skeptical of ResLife changes

Isabella Abraham

March 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Living/Learning Communities seem like the way to maximize a residence hall experience, especially for first-year students — that’s definitely what ResLife wants incoming first-year students to think. There are numerous LLCs spanning all of UVM’s campus this year, and ResLife is planning on main...

Blame guns, not mental health

Blame guns, not mental health

Simon Bupp-Chickering

March 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

One day after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Trump tweeted, “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!” It is not uncommon for pro-gun politicians to bring up mental health in response to mass shootin...

Drag scene redefining femininity

Lilly Sharp

March 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Growing up it was hard for me to find a relatable female role model. I wasn’t raised to be stereotypically feminine. It wasn’t until I found the world of drag that I found “female” role models I could relate to. The Vixen, a drag queen from Chicago, described drag as “the male interpretat...

Vote with compassion

Vote with compassion

Staff Editorial

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Tuesday is Town Meeting Day, which means that UVM students have the day off from classes to get out and vote. We urge all students who are exercising their right to vote to do so with care and commitment. When you cast a vote for the Ward 8 City Council representative and when you choose who will be...

Letter from elected official

Henry Mitchell

March 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Dear Cherished Constituents, It is I, your humble elected official. As you may or may not know, it’s currently an election year. That means that I, as well as many other humble elected officials, have to run for office to maintain our current positions. This is quite stressful for us and o...

The kids are all right: why student movements will save us all

Mills Sparkman

March 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This past week has been contentious, to say the least. NoNames for Justice and other student groups have rallied to support students and faculty of color on campus, and their voices have been heard. UVM administration has also made their voices heard, in the loudest way possible: silence. At...

Democratize UVM

Democratize UVM

Khalid AlMubarak

March 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We need a student’s union; a comprehensive and representative body that is elected by the students to serve the students. While organizations like the Black Student Union and the Asian Student Union are necessary and powerful, we still need one for the whole student body. It is questionable t...

Desensitized to shootings

Desensitized  to shootings

Ariana Arden

March 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Wednesday, Feb. 14 constituted one of the top 10 deadliest shootings in American history, according to a Feb. 19 CNN article. A former student opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17. If you’re like me, you were devastated to read this news. It's h...

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