The Vermont Cynic

Mary Jane to take the Pain Away

April 12, 2011


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When you think of narcotics, which do you think of as worse, marijuana, or heroin? Surprisingly enough, the federal government and many state governments seem to think that marijuana is not only the worst, but the least-useful substance. For decades, cancer patients and patients with chronic pain have...

My sophisticated statement of disagreement

April 12, 2011


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FORMAL COMPLAINT REQUEST FOR SANCTIONS AND DEMAND FOR RELIEF To: David Nestor, Dean of Students Re: Ridiculous Grandstanding that has resulted in the Perpetual Circus that is the Student Government Association on the Seventh of Day of April in this Two Thousand and Eleventh Year of our Lord (or whatever...

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...

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...

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...

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