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The real nightmare in “Joker” is austerity

The real nightmare in “Joker” is austerity

Chris Harrell, Opinion Columnist

November 1, 2019

If you told me a few years ago that the guy that made the “Hangover” movies was going to make a film about the horrors of economic inequality, I would have laughed at you. But that’s exactly what happened. The new “Joker” movie flips assumptions of the Batman universe. In this version, Bru...

Mentally ill aren’t monstrous

Mentally ill aren’t monstrous

Gabby Felitto, Opinion Columnist

October 31, 2019

On Halloween night, a group of kids walked into the woods, never to be seen again. Some say it was an escaped mental patient who snatched them. Many famous urban legends share this storyline. While variations of these legends all start differently,  the villain often has a mental illness. One of the most famous urb...

Horror movies take a creative look at our deep fears

Horror movies take a creative look at our deep fears

Emily Johnston, Opinion Columnist

October 31, 2019

Every time I go to a movie theater it is to see a horror movie. They are the only movies that intrigue me. As the years go by, horror movies continuously walk the fine line of tolerance, meaning they play with reality without breaking audiences’ suspension of belief. This allows the genre to take creative...

The spookiest costume is gender roles

The spookiest costume is gender roles

Tori Scala, Opinion Columnist

October 30, 2019

Halloween is approaching fast, and to everyone stressing about what costumes to wear, please chill out. This upcoming Halloween, girls and guys should dress the way they want, rather than how society tells them to. In college, Halloween is more than just a one-night holiday. It is two consecutive w...

Give student journalists direct access

Give student journalists direct access

Staff Editorial

October 30, 2019

Over the past month, the Cynic has struggled to obtain interviews with several UVM employees. We’ve hit roadblock after roadblock in our efforts to tell the truth. For our Oct. 8 edition, the Cynic requested an interview with Daphne Wells, director of Student Life. Her email response to the Cynic stated...

There is no primary candidate in the 2020 primaries

There is no primary candidate in the 2020 primaries

Henry Mitchell

October 25, 2019

Trying to follow along with politics doesn’t mean we know what we’re doing. Listen, I’m sure that Democrats have the primary all figured out with their candidate assured to win with a clean track record and excellent policy platform. Now all that’s left is figuring out how to deal with the garbage...

When “you time” takes a toll on time

When “you time” takes a toll on time

Izzy Abraham

October 25, 2019

Mindfulness is entering the mainstream as trendy, cute and healthy, but being mindful can be a chore to those with busy routines. It’s no wonder that because of this, most people monetize the invaluable benefits of mindfulness. Not only are people brushing over the value of mindfulness, but many ...

Mental health care will start with the next generation

Mental health care will start with the next generation

Lucy Gilbert

October 24, 2019

We need to teach our youth to take care of their mental health in order to end the stigma around talking about mental illness. One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, and one in six U.S. youth ages 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year, according to a September 2019 N...

Give public transit back to the public

Give public transit back to the public

Chris Harrell

October 24, 2019

Any good, self-respecting Catamount carries three items with them when they leave their house: an autographed picture of Rally Cat, a flask full of Vermont maple syrup and their CATcard. I’m kidding about the first two, of course, but even if you don’t live in a dorm or eat at the dining halls, you...

Letter to the Editor: Organize UVM to share divesting proposal

Letter to the Editor: Organize UVM to share divesting proposal

Letter to the Editor

October 23, 2019

The climate movement has been gaining necessary momentum over the last few weeks. Climate science doesn’t lie, and people are increasingly acknowledging the urgency of climate change. One of many institutions that are a part of the growing climate crisis is the University of Vermont. UVM prides itself ...

Cynic to Chief Tuomey: what’s your 20?

Cynic to Chief Tuomey: what’s your 20?

Staff Editorial

October 23, 2019

For the last three months, UVM Police Chief Lianne Tuomey has been on paid leave. Deputy Chief Tim Bilodeau has been acting in her place. No one has been hired to take the deputy position, leaving UVM Police short on leadership. The University, to put it plainly, has not been forthcoming in providing...

Discussing Divestment

Emily Johnston and Chris Harrell

October 19, 2019

Chris Harrell: Hello, Cynic friends! Today, my friend Emily and I are talking about divestment. Emily Johnston: The call for divestment is the call to move investments the school makes away from the fossil fuel industry. Around $27 million of UVM’s endowment is in fossil fuel corporations according ...

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