The Vermont Cynic

Bookstore Prioritizes Profit Over Students

January 27, 2011


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The bookstore should be a place where students can buy their textbooks at a reasonable price. Yet this is not the case at UVM. Let's be honest, does anyone buy the majority of their textbooks at the bookstore? Instead of being a convenient resource for students, it has become a place that students,...

Tennis Players Get Served

January 26, 2011


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About midway through last semester, upon entering the athletic facilities for my usual Tuesday afternoon intramural tennis league, I was struck with an odd sight. Three of the courts, it seemed, had been covered over with artificial turf, leaving us only three to play on. I would soon find out that,...

Showing some skin, Burlington style

December 9, 2010


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Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to get naked. Again.   In fact, on Dec. 9 at 12:01 a.m. UVM students will be stripping down and participating in the Naked Bike Ride for the 27th time. The tradition owes its existence to Erica Kutcher, a former UVM student and Outing Club member who first biked...

Citations: assets or afflictions?

December 9, 2010


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Citing sources is the most annoying step in composing a research paper. After deciding whether a certain statement qualifies as common knowledge or deserves a citation, and learning which of the many styles of citation a certain professor prefers and whether they expect footnotes or in-text citations,...

Heifers, health and omnivorous insolence

December 9, 2010


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"If you give a man a fish, you have fed him for a day. But teach a man to fish, and you have fed him for a lifetime." These are the confusing words that affront a reader upon visiting the mission page of Heifer International's gut-wrenching website, and not coincidentally my column this week. Rife...

Why the U.S. needs to play more soccer

December 9, 2010


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Last week the U.S. lost its bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar. Yes, Qatar.   We did beat out South Korea, Japan and Australia to make it to the final round but then were beaten by Qatar with an overwhelming 14-8 vote. This loss comes especially hard after our recent loss to Brazil as host fo...

Call a plumber, my Wiki is leaking

December 9, 2010


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  The oil leak in the Gulf Coast of the United States may not in fact be the largest and most destructive leak that we have seen this year. WikiLeaks, a website dedicated to revealing secret government, corporate and military documents, has been spilling more information than BP spilled oil. Previously,...

Korean animosity won’t spark World War III

December 9, 2010


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Put aside your fears of a third world war, a reinstated draft and another endless American troop deployment — there isn't going to be another war in Korea. The North Korea artillery attack came just months after the sinking of the South Korean destroyer Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors. Though...

The death of skiing, murdered by big resorts

November 29, 2010


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Along with many of you, I love skiing. I love to wake up early, pile myself and ski gear into the car and race to the mountain, throwing my boots on in the parking lot, tossing my skis over my shoulder and jumping on the chair lift. Once at the top, taking in the beautiful vistas is almost as sweet...

The trap of fighting for freedom

November 29, 2010


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I'm sick of being told that being a pacifist makes me unpatriotic. I have been told more times than I can count that every freedom I've ever enjoyed can be directly attributed to our fighting soldiers. And while I recognize and appreciate the freedoms the military has earned for the country, failing...

The real meaning of Christmahanukwanzaakah

November 29, 2010


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The holidays are coming round again, and with much merriment, gift giving and gluttony not far off on the soon-to-be-snowy horizon, I'd like to dedicate my column this week to the real meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yulefest, Pancha Ganapati, Hogmanay, HumanLight, Festivus and the like —...

TRI builds for future

November 29, 2010


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The Transdisciplinary Research Initiative — affectionately called TRI by friends and family — is rearing its controversial head again. The three "spires" have been decided upon and faculty lead committees have been organized to run them. TRI is finally set to become a reality. Say hello...

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