The Vermont Cynic

University denies stem bias, yet cuts arts

University denies stem bias, yet cuts arts

Staff Editorial

November 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

While the voice of the University says one thing, the hands do the opposite. While assuring students it values the liberal arts, the University has allowed six spring music and dance classes to be cut days before registration. In the Nov. 7 issue of the Cynic, our staff editorial called for increas...

FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

James Simpson and Henry Mitchell

November 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

James After a continuing education student, Wesley Richter, was charged with disorderly conduct after being accused of using racist and threatening language, the debate of free speech versus hate speech is in the spotlight. It is undeniable that the First Amendment protects even the most hateful stateme...

UVM’s international students are feeling ostracized

UVM’s international students are feeling ostracized

Madeleine Cary

November 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

When I spoke to two different friend groups about international students, I was met with the same response: “I want to reach out, but…”  The consensus was that there is a huge divide between international students and everyone else. At best, it’s simply a matter of the general  societal ...

Response to “Humanities Majors Deserve More”

Letter to the Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

November 10, 2017 Letter to the Editor, In my role as Chief Academic Officer of the University of Vermont, I am writing to share my thoughts, some additional context, and to provide a number of important clarifications to the Cynic’s November 7, 2017 editorial entitled “Humanities Majors De...

Students kneeling opens the conversation

Students kneeling opens the conversation

Staff Editorial

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

While the NFL has received national attention as players take a knee during the national anthem, protests have now moved to college basketball courts. Across the country, some college athletes have started to take a stand by taking a knee during the national anthem. That movement came to Burlington last ...

Liberal arts majors supply valuable skills for success

Letter to the Editor

November 10, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor: In a recent edition of the Cynic, sophomore English major Jacob Potts published an eloquent opinion piece fighting back against the flack humanities majors often take from peers convinced that their degrees are unlikely to lead to well-paying jobs. When people hear Mr. Potts say he is a...

No ifs, ands or butts about tobacco-free campus initiative failure

No ifs, ands or butts about tobacco-free campus initiative failure

Mills Sparkman

November 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion

On Oct. 17, sophomore Gabriana Whipple tweeted, “‘UVM is a tobacco-free campus,’ uh first of all the ground is actually littered with cigarette butts,” following a popular meme format. Her tweet went viral in student-run Facebook groups, but the cigarette issue on campus is no meme. Like man...

Humanities majors deserve more

Humanities majors deserve more

Staff Editorial

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

David Foster Wallace has said liberal arts contain “the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with simple awareness.” Humanities degrees have been dismissed as useless. Some say they do not supply students with “real world skills.” O...

SGA president Chris Petrillo on wellness

Letter to the Editor

November 8, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

There have been sweeping changes in higher education as of late. With the introduction  of a more diverse and qualified student population, services provided on college campuses  must adjust to provide suitable resources for the next generation of the American workforce. The University of Vermont ...

Bailey/Howe adds gender-free bathrooms

Bailey/Howe adds gender-free bathrooms

Letter to the Editor

November 5, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, I’m writing on behalf of the UVM Libraries to provide some clarity about the current state of access to gender-free restrooms in Bailey/ Howe Library. John Riedel’s Oct. 11 article “Students Call for Gender Inclusive Bathrooms” featured a graphic indicating that t...

Medicare for All Act can’t last

James Simpson

November 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Vermont's beloved Sen. Bernie Sanders has once again introduced a Medicare for All Act with the hopes of expanding healthcare access to every American. While bringing affordable healthcare to all Americans is a noble cause, a single-payer system is not the way to go. Under a single-payer s...

My turn

Letter to the Editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

  By Thomas J. Gustafson In a letter to the editor last week, some students asserted that UVM “waited four days” to identify the student who allegedly engaged in explicitly racist and threatening language directed toward African American members of our community. This assertion is incorr...

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