The Vermont Cynic

Point/Counterpoint

November 8, 2010


Filed under Opinion

It is impossible to be great at everything you do. Very few people have the ability to devote the time and energy needed to excel at every task they take on. This is why we specialize and pick one career to go into. Why, then, does the University of Vermont try and focus its limited resources on so...

Blame the drinker or the drink?

November 8, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Four Loko, the alcoholic energy drink, has caused a stir across the nation — especially on college campuses, where the beverage is popular. After consuming it, nine Central Washington University students were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning last month. Drinking alcohol mixed with caffeine is...

Too much drunken fuss on the magic bus

November 8, 2010


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Drinkers, grab your broomsticks: The witching hour bus rounds from B-town and back may soon be extinct, making a Nimbus 2000 your last suitable alternative to walking. Affectionately and colloquially known as the Drunk Bus, UVM's safe, reliable system of late-night transportation provides students with...

More needed than ‘freeze’ and hope

November 8, 2010


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UVM students are encouraged to participate in a "consumer freeze" and to not buy any food or material goods for the entire day of Nov. 15. The day's mission is to foster a community that supports anti-materialism, according to the movement's Facebook event page. "If we stop consuming for a day, I believe...

A study best left unpublished

November 8, 2010


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According to a study published recently in the British medical journal The Lancet, alcohol is a more harmful drug than heroin or crack cocaine based on how much it affects people and society in general. In other news, sewer rats also have a larger effect on today's society than saber-toothed tigers...

Three strikes and you’re out, France whiffing on a new pension reform

November 1, 2010


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The French people are in the batter's box again, taking swings at pension reform. And they're striking out. It seems as though the year wouldn't be complete without national protests in France. Almost twice a year some sector of the economy is on strike, usually affecting the social services like transportation...

Tea Party hot water burns innocent voters

November 1, 2010


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Midterm elections are here and the Tea Party is boiling over with overzealous "poll watchers." These Tea Party supporters, who are often also a part of the Republican Party, have taken it upon themselves to enforce what they deem "voter fraud." The Tea Party members claim that fraudulent voter registration...

Don’t believe all the hype

November 1, 2010


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Even Vermont — the cradle of small-town democracy, a land devoid of billboards and a champion of third-party candidates — cannot escape the biannual circus that is congressional elections. While often ignored because of its tendency to go blue — it hasn't cast its three electoral votes...

Saturday study sorrows

November 1, 2010


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The Cynic hopes you don't have plans to relax on Saturday, Dec. 11, because, like us, you will probably have to cancel them to take a final exam. This year, the final exam schedule has been changed so that exams fall on a Saturday — a day students used to have as a reading day. The reasoning for...

Calm and sense

November 1, 2010


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Speech is by no means free. There is a terrible price for the words we say — coming at unknown costs to our reputations, job security and safety. Caught in the mire of racial, ethnic, cultural, economic and social boundaries, tiptoeing on political correctness and stereotyping, our communication...

Pot smokers asking for trouble

November 1, 2010


Filed under Opinion

California's Proposition 19, to be voted on as part of the upcoming election, would legalize the small-scale sale and possession of marijuana; but most weed aficionados probably don't realize that this sort of legislation would hurt them more than help. Legalize it. Possibly the clarion call of weed...

A reason to remember who we are

October 25, 2010


Filed under Opinion

In light of recent multicultural and immigration issues in Germany, we Americans must remember our true identity. Last week Prime Minister of Germany, Andrea Merkel, declared the death of German multiculturalism: "At the start of the 60s we invited the guest-workers to Germany. We kidded ourselves for...

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