The Vermont Cynic

Jokes?

September 1, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Dear editor, It was a low-key night at the bar. New friends I didn't know that well. A couple of rounds. Casual conversation. "Don't worry, I already roofied your drinks," Bill joked innocently to the group with a smile.   My body seized. My stomach turned. I couldn't bring myself to say anyth...

Hitting the books with newfound enthusiasm

September 1, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Hello to you, bittersweet summer's end. Goodbye summertime adventures.  The beginning of school is all about getting back into the swing of things: learning how to read a college text again, how to pretend like you understood that text when called on in class and how to recall the concepts you...

A legacy tarnished

September 1, 2011


Filed under Opinion

It has been a rocky year for Dan Fogel. After announcing in March that he would resign as president in 2012, Fogel resigned abruptly in July when reports surfaced that his wife, Rachel Kahn-Fogel, was engaged in a relationship with Michael Schultz, a UVM vice president. The Board of Trustees later described the relationship a...

The admitted students day facade

May 3, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The Cynic staff is trying to get to the office but there's a group of wide-eyed high schoolers with UVM tote bags blocking the corridor outside WRUV.It's hard to hate on admitted students, for we were once there, too. But for everyone already attending UVM, admitted students days are often a hassle.Tou...

Letter to the editor: Trashed in Burlington

May 3, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor, When I transferred to UVM late last spring to start summer classes, I was delighted to discover that I could collect all the furniture I required from the class of 2010—for free. How many hundreds of dollars I saved I do not know. And I doubt I could even put a dollar value on the...

Smoking Ban Misguided

May 3, 2011


Filed under Opinion

In last week's article "Burlington considers going smoke-free," Brent Summers wrote about the Burlington City Council's proposed resolution to ban smoking downtown.  As a nonsmoker, this resolution is not likely to impact my life whatsoever.  While the idea of being able to walk along Church...

Everyone is sick of Obama’s lies

May 3, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Last week, president Obama released his long-form certificate of live birth to the public, in the hope that it would end years of speculation about his birthplace, telling the White House Press Corps "we don't have time for this silliness." Donald Trump, rightly taking full credit for the president's...

Take English majors out of the punchline

May 3, 2011


Filed under Opinion

What's the difference between an English degree and a box of pizza? A box of pizza can feed a family of four. Never heard that one before? Make sure you add it to your repertoire. I hear it's a big hit in the science social circles. However, those who laugh at the study of English are proving that ignorance...

Agricultural Subsidies Outdated

April 25, 2011


Filed under Opinion

It's deficit-cutting season! Which, I suppose, is the political equivalent of spring-cleaning. In theory, it's supposed to go something like this — the Democrats and Republicans come together with their respective priorities, work out a deal, and then hack off portions of the welfare-state/hegemonic-military...

Tea and Lies

April 25, 2011


Filed under Opinion

People read memoirs for a variety of reasons – curiosity, enlightenment, inspiration. However, the positive benefits of reading a memoir mostly rely upon the fact that the stories, events and characters are all true.  Not all memoirs are entirely non-fiction. Such is the case with Greg Mortenson,...

We Can’t Handle the Truth

April 25, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Politicians all over the world are known for one thing: lying through their teeth. Frankly, I would not have it any other way. Throughout political history, politicians have run elections by making outlandish, partisan, pandering and generally impossible promises to their respective bases. In the past...

Who will pay for our blurps?

April 25, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  Last week, the SGA Senate voted 19-18 against funding Blirpit, the bus tracking system, for another year. The Cynic believes that the SGA made the right call in deciding not to pay for Bliripit, because it shouldn't be their responsibility. Blirpit is not a student club or organization, but a private b...

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883
Opinion