The Vermont Cynic

Safe spaces prevent University diversity of thought

Safe spaces prevent University diversity of thought

Ian Nathan

October 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Recently, it has seemed that higher education is just a way to delay adulthood. In resident adviser training, we were told to take Trump signs down because of their potential impacts. This is disregarding the First Amendment by censoring views that do not align with the University’s left-...

New club fee collection hurts club members

New club fee collection hurts club members

Letter to the editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, The Student Government Association has been asked, by higher-ups in the controller’s office, to make sure all money coming in to student clubs is routed through University Tickets, a third-party vendor. This includes club membership dues, merchandise sales and ticket sales to members...

Weakening Title IX could hurt University

Weakening Title IX could hurt University

Keely Lyons

October 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced her plan to roll back the Obama-era Title IX guidance Sept. 22. Title IX is a statute which prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded educational institutions. The Supreme Court decided that Title IX protections extend to...

Still tough to be queer on campus

Still tough to be queer on campus

Staff Editorial

October 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Even at what is recognized to be one of the most nationally accepting universities for LGBTQA folks, being queer is still hard. Members of the Cynic staff span the spectrum of genders, sexualities and identities. When many of us showed up to UVM, we were surprised not to feel as welcome and sa...

Trump’s odd tweet marks the beginning of the end

Trump’s odd tweet marks the beginning of the end

Ariana Arden

October 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The Boston Globe reported that North Korea is considering Donald Trump’s tweet Sept. 25 saying “they [North Korea] won’t be around much longer” as a declaration of war, and that they will respond in kind. And I would just like to say, I called it. Some people laughed last Novemb...

Dietary issues ignored at UVM

Dietary issues ignored at UVM

Cammy Schiller

October 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Move-in day came along, and I couldn’t wait to get to the dining hall to eat the wonderful food that I had experienced at orientation. But Sodexo won over my love and then completely let me down. The food and the service were not as I had remembered from my first experience. I recieved...

FEMA still falls short 12 years after Katrina

FEMA still falls short 12 years after Katrina

Matthew Hagberg

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As much as we would like to think they can help, the harsh truth is that more often than not, government agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot adequately provide support. Seeing destruction firsthand in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, I would think relief efforts ...

Myanmar genocide ignored by the media

Myanmar genocide ignored by the media

Madeleine Cary

October 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

We are glued to our Twitter feeds, distracted by meaningless gossip and our anxious anticipation of the latest crisis and catastrophe from Washington like an absent parent looking at her phone while crossing the street with a stroller. We are caught up in a deluge of bull---- while leaving d...

Support your fellow UVM student leaders

Support your fellow UVM student leaders

Staff Editorial

October 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The past two weeks on campus have been filled with protests, marches, rallies and emails about diversity and inclusion at UVM. Student leaders of various diversity organizations on campus delivered a list of demands to president Tom Sullivan asking for the University to take specific action ...

Male entitlement in the academic setting

Male entitlement in the academic setting

Mills Sparkman

October 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Elle Woods, Hermione Granger and Gabriella Montez are fearless female leaders of our time. They’re all female movie characters with strong opinions and academic drive. While their male peers are admired for these traits, these characters are seen as bossy and unlikeable because they’re ...

UVM ought to treat FSL differently

Letter to the Editor

September 30, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, In response to the article “University treats FSL community unfairly,” I will limit my focus to saying that if UVM were to treat fraternity and sorority life fairly, there would be no more FSL. UVM’s Fraternity and Sorority life is a historically problematic emblem of racism ...

Humanities students fight stigma

Humanities students fight stigma

Jacob Potts

September 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I always feel a pang of anxiety when people ask me about my major. Expressions of confusion, pity or even disgust flash across their faces when they hear the answer. When I say I’m an English major, they hear, “I’m a fool who wants to be in debt for the rest of my life.” When I told my...

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