The Vermont Cynic

Getting fined by a person in sweats

Getting fined by a person in sweats

Staff Editorial

November 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-...

University needs a heroin antidote

University needs a heroin antidote

Staff Editorial

August 30, 2017

While heroin use isn’t immediately visible on UVM’s campus, it’s here. In 2009, UVM was forced to confront the opioid crisis when senior Will Gates died of a heroin overdose. Last spring, the UVM Humanities Center invited reporter Sam Quinones to speak about the opioid crisis. The m...

The importance of multiple truths

The importance of multiple truths

Staff Editorial

May 3, 2017

Everyone at UVM– from residents all the way up through administrators in Student Affairs– needs to be talking more about what does and does not work in Residential Life. These conversations have been happening for a while. Folks in the residential life sphere as well as those higher up in the Univers...

Equal treatment for organizations

Equal treatment for organizations

Staff Editorial

April 26, 2017

First, let’s be clear: the action of the individual who stole the Black Lives Matter flag was hateful and racist. In our editorial last week, we were not nearly clear enough about this. In fact, race and racism are not explicitly mentioned until the 12th paragraph. Yes, we speak abou...

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