The Vermont Cynic

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...

LTE: Deans must step up

Letter to the Editor

March 1, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

We strongly believe that students of color and faculty want academic freedom. Faculty members can deliver this freedom, which comes with the responsibility to protect students’ freedom in regard to learning. Students are demanding an action plan for mandatory training of all University faculty. They...

Stay apprised, seek understanding

Staff Editorial

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

We have dedicated this issue to covering the protests, calls for resignation and administrative responses of the past week. In the reporting of activist group NoNames for Justice’s actions, it has become apparent to us that while a few hundred students are protesting, a greater majority of students ...

The NSA is watching us and we should be afraid

Simon Bupp-Chickering

February 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We were warned, but we didn’t listen. In 2013 Edward Snowden exposed how the National Security Agency was surveilling U.S. citizens under the guise of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other counterterrorism measures. Intended to allow intelligence agencies to prevent ...

U.S. should mirror German education

Henry Mitchell

February 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Free college education. Ok, now that I have your attention, I’m going to talk to you about tradition. We’ll get back to the college thing in a second. On Feb. 9, Sen. Bernie Sanders hosted German Ambassador Peter Wittig in Burlington to discuss how Germany governs differently from the U.S. While Sanders tried to encour...

From the editor’s desk

Cynic Staff

February 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Cynic Staff Since “Assault in ‘Safe Spaces’” was published in the Feb. 13 issue of the Cynic, we have heard serious concerns about the reporting and editing of the piece. We are deeply sorry to those who were hurt by the story. We did not intend to portray sexual assault as anything less than a s...

So you want to be an activist….

So you want to be an activist….

Staff Editorial

February 21, 2018


Filed under Editor's Picks, Opinion, Staff Editorial

When we heard about the work that several departments and students are doing to address food insecurity in the UVM community, our hearts swelled. Their work, which is rooted in action, is more meaningful than that of sofa protesters upset with the political climate. If the special brand of activists on c...

LTE: Reflections on Blue Penis Gate and the WE Program at UVM

February 20, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Reflections on Blue Penis Gate and the WE Program at UVM As a faculty member who taught human health and disease at UVM for two decades I was both amused and horrified by the saga of Blue Penis Gate at the new WE residence hall. Since UVM is a center of learning, let's ask the obvious: what is a p...

LTE: Responding to the latest UA articles

Letter to the Editor

February 16, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Cynic editors, Thank you for supporting “faculty efforts to raise salaries” and for the two pieces in this week’s Cynic related to United Academics. Both pieces try to summarize UA’s position by pointing to a few numbers in an ad, without any discussion of the hour and a half long forum ...

New ResLife plan fails students

New ResLife plan fails students

Mills Sparkman

February 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Complaints about rooming situations are common on college campuses, but students are especially disgruntled this spring. This year, ResLife required students to select their learning community preferences by November, while last year most students made their selections in March. One argument for thi...

Mental health on campus

Mental health on campus

Staff Editorial

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last semester, a first-year illustrator on staff, Cole Thornton, was struggling with the transition to college. The stresses Thornton experienced were routine: balancing the buffet of social opportunities with new academic expectations. Like many students looking for professional help, he reached out to ...

Celebrities are unqualified for presidency

Celebrities are unqualified for presidency

Isabella Abraham

February 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

College students today recognize Donald Trump (and maybe Oprah Winfrey) as some of the first out-of-their-mind celebrities to consider running for office. While the Trump administration is breaking new ground every day, the mind-boggling trend of Hollywood’s finest moving into national politics i...

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