The Vermont Cynic

Don’t wait to speak up

Don’t wait to speak up

Staff Editorial

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The survivors of the Parkland shooting came to speak Oct. 19 in Burlington. While addressing a crowd gathered in the First Universalist Church, David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and Alex Wind spoke about the importance of activism. These individuals, although only 18 years old, have already formed March for O...

Engage in democracy and vote

Engage in democracy and vote

Staff Editorial

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The polls open for many of our state and local midterms Nov. 6. As we enter this election season, people all over the country are starting to feel the pressures of voter turnout. But because news media covers presidential elections extensively, there is a general tendency for people to feel disintereste...

Food insecurity needs solutions

Food insecurity needs solutions

Staff Editorial

October 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

College life is often hectic and stressful. Between studying, a social life, work and extracurriculars, students shouldn’t have to worry about their next meal.     An April 2018 study from the Wisconsin Hope Lab found that 36 percent of university students in the U.S. were food insecure. Hunger ...

Disagreements need discussion

Disagreements need discussion

Staff Editorial

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This past week, the Cynic published an editorial piece by a columnist who argued in favor of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. We try and represent all viewpoints on campus; however, publishing an article does not, in any way, mean we condone or support the viewpoint being ...

Students need helpful advisers

Students need helpful advisers

Staff Editorial

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

For some students, their advisers are the most valuable resource of their UVM experience. They’re open for office hours and let their advisees in on internship opportunities. For far too many students, however, an adviser is inaccessible and unconcerned with each student’s personal experience. It is an u...

Prepare for off-campus living

Prepare for off-campus living

Staff Editorial

September 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

After spending their first two years as an undergraduate in a residence hall enjoying the comforts of accessible laundry, nearby food and no utility bills to worry about paying, most students begin their off-campus housing experience. And in the midst of all the excitement — which place to choose, how ...

Fraternity life & rape culture

Fraternity life & rape culture

Staff Editorial

September 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This story updated at 12:24 September 17 to reflect the correct question on the survey and to include who added it. The fraternity was found not guilty by a University investigation.  A UVM fraternity passed around a survey in 2011 where the question  “if you could rape someone, who would it be...

President fuels media distrust

President fuels media distrust

Staff Editorial

September 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Employees of the Boston Globe had police stationed outside of their newsroom Aug. 30 after receiving threats to their lives. Robert Chain, a 68-year-old California man, was arrested Aug. 30 by the FBI for a series of violent comments to the paper after the Globe published an editorial Aug. 15. The edito...

UVM nurses ought to be heard

UVM nurses ought to be heard

Staff Editorial

August 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This summer, nurses from the UVM Medical Center went on strike to protest unfair wages and insufficient staffing. The issue may feel localized — there are red “patients before profits” posters dotting the neighborhoods and the nurses picketed on Colchester avenue right by campus ...

Education for drug safety

Education for drug safety

Staff Editorial

May 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

College is often depicted as one big party in movies and TV shows. Drugs and alcohol are often glamorized — we’re rarely shown the passing out, blackouts or the overdoses. But, substance use is not always a fun thing to take part in. When party drugs become more than just a carefree experience...

Mandated reporting issue

Mandated reporting issue

Staff Editorial

April 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

For some people it’s a friend, others a family member, sometimes a professor.  We all have someone we trust in our lives who we can turn to with issues or concerns. But when is that person legally obligated to share those conversations with law enforcement? As mandated reporters, all faculty, s...

Call out gender bias issue

Call out gender bias issue

Staff Editorial

April 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This week, a discrimination lawsuit four years in the making is finally going to trial. Cindy Ruescher, former UVM Enterprise Technology Services employee, accused the University of gender discrimination, creating a hostile workplace and firing her for complaining of discrimination issues. The cou...

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