The Vermont Cynic

Another war we don’t need

February 7, 2011


Filed under Opinion

So, I have a question. When, exactly, did we declare war on China? Within the past few weeks it seems like the problem with our economy has changed from "it's not good" to "it's not going to beat China." President Obama most famously echoed the concern during his State of the Union, hinting, not too...

Cheez-Its, huh? Can I see your ID?

February 7, 2011


Filed under Opinion

So, I'm at City Market last week, loading up on Cheez-Its and Coke. I run into a girl from one of my classes; she's picking up some brews. We're in line, making small talk. She hands her ID to the clerk, when the clerk turns around and asks me for my ID. I tell the clerk that I wasn't aware that I needed...

A History of Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Well, Valentine's Day is nearly upon us again and, as a writer for a paper whose title attests to a certain sense of pride in its cynicism, I come to ye readers once more to poo-poo on another holiday. Predictably enough, the grinchy writer has a problem with Valentine's Day. But I confess — I...

Second-classed smokers

February 7, 2011


Filed under Opinion

There is Alianza Latina, the Asian American Student Union, the Black Student Union, Free 2 Be, Hillel, the Muslim Student association and even a white student support group that had a brief stint, but there is still one demographic that suffers from discrimination in silence: smokers. I'm not talking...

Hallmark is a four-letter word

February 7, 2011


Filed under Opinion

With the Middle Eastern world tearing itself apart, Mexico mired in a worsening conflict with organized crime and Mother Nature apparently attempting to bury the East Coast under heaping piles of snow, one may find it difficult to find any hint of love in the world come St. Valentine's Day. As for those...

Professing the Faith in Cyberspace

February 1, 2011


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Finally, Catholics everywhere can rest easy knowing that their Facebook activity isn't going to come at the cost of salvation —not as far as the Pope is concerned, anyway. Pope Benedict XVI,  in his recent message for World Communications Day entitled "Truth, Proclamation, and Authenticity...

Radical Extremism: Now on a console near you

February 1, 2011


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After theterrorist attacks in Moscow's largest airport, not even terrorism experts really have a clue as to who carried out these attacks, or why they occurred. Naturally, as is usually the case when issues of unprovoked or particularly gruesome violence come to pass in the national or international...

Winning the future, in everything

February 1, 2011


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In the State of the Union address January 25, President Obama made one major point: let's kick some ass. Although he didn't put it in quite so crass terms, the president made it clear that the United States will not fall behind China, India, or anyone else without a fight. Throughout his speech he threw...

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,...

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...

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