The Vermont Cynic

Girls know good music when they hear it

Girls know good music when they hear it

Sophie Oehler

November 22, 2019

I am a huge fan of the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer. I love them so much that if they all kicked me in the face, I’d say thank you. In 2015, when Rolling Stone magazine announced it was featuring the band in its cover article, I was thrilled. Well, I was until I actually read the piece. The...

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Domestic action has more value

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Domestic action has more value

Chris Harrell

November 21, 2019

I am a dedicated environmentalist. I donate my time and labor to environmental movements, groups and political candidates. But when President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, I did not care in the slightest. And when Trump officially started that...

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Agreement helps accountability

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Agreement helps accountability

Emily Johnston

November 21, 2019

The U.S. officially began its withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Nov. 4. The Paris climate agreement is a landmark accord signed in 2015 by 193 nations in the U.N. General Assembly, with its goal being to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. should stay in the agreement. The U.S.’s ...

In wake of tragedy,Twitter brings empathy

In wake of tragedy,Twitter brings empathy

Chris Harrell

November 20, 2019

Usually, Twitter has the best memes and funny videos in real time. But on Nov. 10, my Twitter feed became overwhelmed by a tragic world event: the coup against President of Bolivia Evo Morales. Regardless of how you feel about Morales and his programs, the situation in Bolivia is a coup nonetheless. ...

Asbestos should not be a secret

Asbestos should not be a secret

Staff Editorial

November 20, 2019

In a Nov. 8 email sent to all residents of McAuley Hall on Trinity campus, UVM sought to “address any concerns and clarify any misinformation,” about the asbestos material in the building. This message was sadly long overdue. The email explained that the project discussed in our article “is i...

Let us make Ward 8 progressive again

Let us make Ward 8 progressive again

Chris Harrell

November 14, 2019

If you’re a progressive-minded individual, it can be hard at times to live peacefully in the Democratic Party. Yes, the party is home to beacons of change and justice like U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal. But it can be hard to face the massive influence of t...

VSCO girls are not embarrassed. Are you?

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Sophie Oehler

November 13, 2019

Sksksksksk and I oop- If you’re wondering, no I didn’t have a stroke. I’m just trying to fit in with the VSCO girls. A VSCO girl is any teenage girl who wears oversized T-shirts, Crocs, seashell necklaces and drinks out of a reusable water bottle, namely a Hydro Flask, according to Urban Dictiona...

Nothing is written in the stars

Nothing is written in the stars

Mills Sparkman, Opinion Editor

November 13, 2019

The bad news: Mercury is in retrograde, according to this year’s Farmer’s Almanac. The good news: it doesn’t matter. In recent years, astrology has gained a new life in memes on social media. We use it to explain the ups and downs of our lives, but we’re playing a dangerous game. The app Co-S...

Don’t blame cattle for climate change

Don’t blame cattle for climate change

Sophie Oehler

November 7, 2019

Recently, people have been cracking down on maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyle, as they should. We carry around trendy metal straws and use biodegradable silverware. We put stickers that say things like “Save the Bees” or “there is no Planet B” on our reusable water bottles. And recently, people have conve...

“Weed-out” classes cut out students’ goals

“Weed-out” classes cut out students’ goals

Emily Johnston, Opinion Columnist

November 6, 2019

On Oct. 28, popular Instagram account uvmbathrooms posted an opinion on the STEM classes at UVM. STEM students, those in science, technology, engineering and math, all must pass sets of classes for their major that are required prerequisites. These classes are known among students and faculty as “weed-out” classes...

More women needed on board

Staff Editorial

November 6, 2019

The student population at UVM is currently 59.9% female, but barely a quarter of the board’s 25 trustees are women. As of fall 2018, 55.9% of faculty and staff combined at UVM were female. The class of 2023 is 61.6% female, according to an Aug. 28 Cynic article. The decisions of the board of trustees...

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...

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