The Vermont Cynic

Healthcare reform, Obama not to be trusted

October 4, 2010


Filed under Opinion

With all the debate over Barack Obama's recently passed health care bill, one thing that can be agreed upon is that the aforementioned president likes to mix in a little bit of everything with his health care reform, and apparently also loves surprises. The latest lovely surprise close scrutinizers...

Parking wars

October 4, 2010


Filed under Opinion

So there I am, looking for a parking spot just so I can hop out of my car and smack that biker/longboarder/walker — whatever — who cut in front of my car while I was driving.   The trouble is, I cannot find a spot to park. Not a single spot do I spot on my way down the side streets...

India corruption ruins Commonwealth Games

October 4, 2010


Filed under Opinion

After just one day in, the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India have already been labeled a failure. I can see some of you scratching your heads, wondering what "commonwealth" means.  Even as a self-proclaimed senior global studies major, I had to do some research.   The "Commonwealth...

Mountain Day

September 27, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Here at the University of Vermont, students are surrounded by the natural beauty of the Green Mountains. Sadly, most of us have absolutely no time to go anywhere near them. During autumn, the best time of year for hiking, students are ravaged by a heavy workload and a full schedule. Between clubs, homework...

K is for Kosovo

September 27, 2010


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It's time to play "where are they now" with the youngest country in the world — well sort of. The tiny country has made news a variety of times throughout our lives and attracted its fair share of heavy bombardments in the process, but has remained almost entirely free of ethnic cleansing. It...

Dining hall frustration

September 27, 2010


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Walking by the Harris Millis dining hall at 7 p.m., passers-by will be greeted by a symphony of gurgling, grumbling and groaning. The main instrument of these sounds — hungry stomachs. With the crowds growing larger during meal times, brunch and dinner services have slowed down to a crawl leaving...

Of cars, longboards and bikes. Oh my!

September 27, 2010


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Let's talk about driving. Don't drive? OK, we'll talk about longboarding and biking, too. And while we're at it, tossing walking into the ring won't hurt either, because most people can't seem to handle it. I have the unfortunate pleasure of having to drive around this great county called Chittenden...

Police increase weekend pestilence

September 27, 2010


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I hate Sublime. Let me rephrase that: I hate what they have come to represent. Having opened for Badfish on various occasions, the most difficult part of any such performance is not vomiting all over myself when every single audience member puts a middle finger in the air screaming, "one eight seven...

BP: bypassing provisions

September 27, 2010


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BP Amoco PLC is at it again, clearly not satisfied with the environmental trauma they caused this summer with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This time, however, they have set their sights on Alaskan oil; constructing their very own island about three miles off the coast to bypass a ban on offshore drilling...

I’m slightly perturbed, and I’ll do something about it if I get a chance

September 27, 2010


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Many of you caught Jon Stewart's self-proclaimed big announcement last week on "The Daily Show": a Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To regular viewers of "The Daily Show," this type of rhetoric doesn't come as a surprise; a key theme of Stewart's banter is the absurdity...

End of combat phase does not end problems

September 20, 2010


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  Start making the welcome banners, prepare the victory parade and start baking those red, white and blue cookies because, as of Aug. 31, the combat phase in Iraq is over! There's only one catch: Our troops won't be coming home until 2011's end, meaning they won't be safely back in the states for...

Experiments outside the classroom

September 20, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Experimentation with drugs and alcohol happens on every college campus no matter where you go to school. The problem starts when those experiments change from being on the outskirts of academic society to becoming a part of everyday life. At UVM, there is a large percentage of the population that consumes...

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