The Vermont Cynic

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...

Getting fined by a person in sweats

Getting fined by a person in sweats

Staff Editorial

November 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

In light of the Richter case, we’re taking a closer look at student rights. According to the code of student rights and responsibilities, “the University recognizes the right of all students to engage in discussion, to exchange thought and opinion, and to speak, write, or publish freely on any subjec...

“Me too” demands change

“Me too” demands change

Staff Editorial

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

So many “Me toos” on social media this past week have made us think long and hard. Too many people have been affected by sexual violence; the number of posts is unfathomable. And as post after post of “Me too” appears on social media, survivors of sexual assault are reminded regularly ...

Scout’s honor” inequality

Scout’s honor” inequality

Staff Editorial

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last week, Boy Scouts of America announced that the organization was opening the Eagle Scout rank to girls. We agree that gender is a social construct, and the aim of BSA is to show that anyone should be able to join the scouting organization. We understand that being able to enroll children in...

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...

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 ...

Prioritizing mental health services

Prioritizing mental health services

Staff Editorial

September 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Taking care of your mental health is hard. Sitting in front of a professional and vulnerably telling them your worries? Not easy. Getting mental health homework? Some people would rather have four exams in one week. Maybe you think meditation sounds even scarier. Having to sit silently with your o...

You can prevent DUIs to save lives

You can prevent DUIs to save lives

Staff Editorial

September 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

One week ago, a member of our staff was at a small party on campus, drinking with eight of her friends in a residential hall. As the night went on, the group got rowdier. At 11 p.m. one of the party attendees, a sophomore with a car on campus, suggested the group drive downtown to look at Lake Cha...

VT prepares to face climate change

VT prepares to face climate change

Staff Editorial

September 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Recent worldwide environmental catastrophes have finally forced needed attention on climate change and the negative impact we humans have made on our planet. The magnitudes of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia as well as countless tornadoes and tropical storms are irrefutably correlate...

We don’t want your programmed dorms

We don’t want your programmed dorms

Staff Editorial

September 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

While new construction on campus is making our school more aesthetically pleasing, these new buildings designed around programmed housing carry a whole new set of issues. Over the summer, new buildings popped up on campus. One of them was the Central Campus Residence Hall, a dorm built for first-...

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