The Vermont Cynic

Letter to the editor: The future of UVM

March 22, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  It seems now, as I am getting ready to graduate in May, that my time at UVM has gone by faster than any other period of my life. My time here has transformed my outlook on life, education and what I value in myself. UVM will always have a special place in my heart because of how much the last...

Blackberrys for Brains

March 22, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  While perusing a US Airways magazine on my flight home, I came across a feature article written by a deaf man who suggested that we should be implanting communication technology, like smart phones and the Internet, directly into our brains. In the article, labeled "Must Read" by the all-knowing...

It’s a narcissist race – and Charlie Sheen is winning

March 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  Charlie Sheen has always been known as a Hollywood personality, but now it seems we are getting the first true taste of what happens when you mix extreme narcissism with the ultimate enabler – stardom. Since his most recent string of "epic" partying, and subsequent cancellation of CBS's...

An era of student indifference

March 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  Upcoming elections for next year's Student Government Association are bringing with them a pretty sparse ballot. With only one candidate for vice president, it is apparent that fervor for political activity seems to have died out for our generation. It is saddening to know that out of a student...

Time flies so you better have fun

March 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  It is a bitterly cold weekday. The wind is blowing and the sky is a tepid shade of wintery gray. Flecks of ice and snow fall silently as you and your friends pile into a car, bundled up, towels in hand. As the car pulls up to North Beach, you start to get butterflies in your stomach. You feel...

Letter to the editor: Lockheed Martin

March 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  Dear editor, What do Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Boeing all have in common? They provide advanced weaponry and services to the Israeli military that help sustain the illegal occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem … and they all have the University of Vermont as a shareholder.  Since...

Let’s make it count

March 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  We will elect a new SGA president and vice president next week — well, some of us will. Last year, only 1,400 students voted in the SGA presidential election — a paltry 15 percent of the undergraduate student body. The grim turnout may result from the few resources available to evaluate...

Egypt’s valuable lessons

February 28, 2011


Filed under Opinion

So Mubarak has stepped down.  Now, of course, that's more or less old news.             But the fever for democracy that was spawned in Egypt now looks increasingly contagious, and the wild-eyed optimists who dreamt of a turning point for the...

Seniors get it right this time

February 28, 2011


Filed under Opinion

You are sitting in the library cramming for your biology final, and all of that coffee starts to kick in. Not in the waking-you-up kind of way — you have to pee. Do you go relieve that stabbing pain in your lower abdomen and risk the loss of your most treasured library possession, your electrical...

Tell me what the hell Wisconsin is

February 28, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Glenn Beck needs a geography lesson. Casting his chalk aside and charging furiously across the set Feb 15, Beck made of viewers one very simple, very vexed demand: "Tell me what the hell Madison is!" Aiming one angry finger at a muted video clip of the recent labor union protests, Beck repeated himself...

Vermont getting lessons on how to be green?

February 28, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The proposed partnership between Lockheed Martin and the city of Burlington has not only been plagued by claims of lack of transparency from the city's mayor, but is also one that roundly does not make sense. Last time I checked – which was about five minutes ago  – Burlington did not...

Free stuff is never free

February 28, 2011


Filed under Opinion

When was the last time someone told you that free stuff was bad? What's that? No one ever has? Well, sit back and take this in. I am sure that you all think you love free stuff – I know I sure do. I snag all the free tchochkes, water bottles, t-shirts and coffee I can every time I stroll through...

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