The Vermont Cynic

Successfully Moderating the Gulf Oil Crisis

April 12, 2011


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This past summer, the summer of my eighteenth birthday, I was naturally eager to try my hand at a bit of gambling. So, I went down to the local casino, did some slots with the old ladies, played a couple hands of blackjack and came away quite amused at the whole spectacle. However, upon leaving the...

Those who forget the past…

April 4, 2011


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The New York Times reported March 30 that CIA operatives have been working for weeks to identify leaders of the Libyan opposition and coordinate allied airstrikes. President Obama has authorized the CIA to provide arms to Libyan rebels; though, according to The New York Times, weapons have not been...

Diversity Requirements: Inside and outside the classroom

April 4, 2011


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Each and every student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont is required to experience diversity inside the classroom. Unfortunately, the majority of UVM students will have trouble experiencing diversity outside of their diversity requirement classes. It is no news that the...

Letter to the editor: Major doesn’t fit college

April 4, 2011


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Dear editor, Sustainability. I like the concept, but now hate the word. Unsurprisingly, I hear the word daily as a student in the Community Development and Applied Economics department here at UVM, an admittedly strange fit for someone with no interest in sustainable development. But CDAE includes my...

Letter to the editor: Fogel Gets It

April 4, 2011


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Dear editor, I've heard a lot of rumblings around campus recently, ever since our esteemed President Daniel Mark Fogel announced his impending resignation.  Ungrateful, upper-upper-middle class brats from the Tri-State Area with their plastic-neon sunglasses and Patagonia fleeces see more Stalin...

In defense of the public domain

March 28, 2011


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Do you enjoy legally downloading classical music for free? How about reading some of the most seminal literary works of past times for free online? Okay, fine, so maybe I enjoy those things more than most people, but even if you aren't a big fan of Bach or Shakespeare, you've probably benefited from...

A liberal conundrum

March 28, 2011


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So, Libya, huh? I'm not sure what the record is for number of simultaneous wars in the Middle East, but we sure are gunning for it pretty hard. Now, I don't know about you, but I'm not quite sure what to think about our little North African squabble. Conflicts like these pull — in opposite directions...

Cutting aid to students is counterproductive

March 28, 2011


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Not rich? Still want to go to college? Sorry. A budget proposal drafted by the House of Representatives would cut $61 billion from the federal budget, including deep cuts to need-based financial aid Pell Grants. Pell Grants are need-based federal grants sponsored by the Department of Education. Since...

Letter to the editor: SGA actions biased

March 28, 2011


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Dear editor, President Mensah, the first president of color who identifies with the LGBTQ community, has yet again been censured. According to the SGA, their reasons stems from his failure to sign legislation on time three weeks in a row, one of which he was sick.  Totally understandable yes, but...

Grappling with the nuclear question

March 22, 2011


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  An explosion at the Fukushima I nuclear power plant complex in Fukushima, Japan, which was a result of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the area on March 11has led to the most serious nuclear incident the world has seen since the 1986 Chernobyl incident. As of this writing, cleanup...

Defunding NPR about ideology, not the budget

March 22, 2011


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  Last week, the House of Representatives voted 228-192 to prevent any federal funding of National Public Radio. Previously, the House voted to cut all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which received $432 million for FY 2011. The Cynic is very alarmed by this. As a news...

No News Is Celeb News

March 22, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  For the short time that I have considered myself an adult, I have made an effort to pay attention to the news. I have tried to keep up with current events, however depressing, odd or boring they may be. Yet there is one thing that I have noticed in my days as a news-conscious American. Our news,...

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