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Staff Editorial

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

We have dedicated this issue to covering the protests, calls for resignation and administrative responses of the past week. In the reporting of activist group NoNames for Justice’s actions, it has become apparent to us that while a few hundred students are protesting, a greater majority of students ...

So you want to be an activist….

So you want to be an activist….

Staff Editorial

February 21, 2018


Filed under Editor's Picks, Opinion, Staff Editorial

When we heard about the work that several departments and students are doing to address food insecurity in the UVM community, our hearts swelled. Their work, which is rooted in action, is more meaningful than that of sofa protesters upset with the political climate. If the special brand of activists on c...

Mental health on campus

Mental health on campus

Staff Editorial

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last semester, a first-year illustrator on staff, Cole Thornton, was struggling with the transition to college. The stresses Thornton experienced were routine: balancing the buffet of social opportunities with new academic expectations. Like many students looking for professional help, he reached out to ...

Faculty union ad deceives students

Faculty union ad deceives students

Staff Editorial

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Let’s get one thing straight: for what they do, some of the best professors at UVM make nowhere near enough money. Take Rubenstein professor Trish O’Kane, who developed a program that connects young children with nature through birding. Or English professor Major Jackson, poetry editor of the Har...

Solve VT’s drug epidemic

Solve VT’s drug epidemic

Staff Editorial

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Thanks to Sen. Dick Sears, a bill legalizing safe injection sites is off the table for 2018. The bill would have legalized the creation of supervised spaces for people to legally use opioid drugs. Vermont legislature’s decision to put the proposal off will result in overdose deaths. The sites, w...

Campus organizations create safe spaces

Campus organizations create safe spaces

Staff Editorial

January 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This week, we got a tip from a student about racist posters posted around the Waterman green. We thought it was old news – two months old, in fact. The front page of the Nov. 14 issue of the Cynic read “Posters highlight racial tensions.” Old news? Unfortunately not. These posters were roun...

Wellness Environment oversteps its realm

Staff Editorial

January 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Although relatively new, the Wellness Environment has made a name for itself on campus. It’s known for its focus on health and wellbeing and its new residence hall, but also infamous for the contract its members must sign upon joining. When a group of WE students crafted a penis from sticky notes ...

It’s hard to stop sexual harassment

It’s hard to stop sexual harassment

Staff Editorial

December 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

We were on a Cynic-sponsored journalism trip to Dallas when a man started masturbating behind us. Four of the five of us – the editor in chief, news editor, and former and current managing editors – are women. We were exhausted after three flights from BTV to DFW. Dallas Area Rapid Transit is ch...

Fighting against the fake news fad

Fighting against the fake news fad

Staff Editorial

December 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Every time Trump tweets, a reporter’s phone pings. This time, it was another attack on one of his favorite long-time targets: news media. “We should have a contest as to which of the networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverag...

University denies stem bias, yet cuts arts

University denies stem bias, yet cuts arts

Staff Editorial

November 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

While the voice of the University says one thing, the hands do the opposite. While assuring students it values the liberal arts, the University has allowed six spring music and dance classes to be cut days before registration. In the Nov. 7 issue of the Cynic, our staff editorial called for increas...

Students kneeling opens the conversation

Students kneeling opens the conversation

Staff Editorial

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

While the NFL has received national attention as players take a knee during the national anthem, protests have now moved to college basketball courts. Across the country, some college athletes have started to take a stand by taking a knee during the national anthem. That movement came to Burlington last ...

Humanities majors deserve more

Humanities majors deserve more

Staff Editorial

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

David Foster Wallace has said liberal arts contain “the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with simple awareness.” Humanities degrees have been dismissed as useless. Some say they do not supply students with “real world skills.” O...

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