The Vermont Cynic

Policing that which cannot be policed

Policing that which cannot be policed

September 14, 2015

Like the changing leaves, college kids coming back to town in fall, getting drunk, having parties an...

On the amazing first-year experience

On the amazing first-year experience

September 1, 2015

Perhaps the most hectic and unpredictable time in life is the first week of college.Being tossed into a ...

Repeal the 40 percent rule

April 28, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The human appendix is the classic example of a vestigial organ. It doesn’t really do anything, hundreds of people die a year from them exploding and millions of dollars are spent on surgeries to remove it. Unfortunately, we are all born with these vestigial organs. In Vermont, we have a vestigial law. Turn to page 4 and you...

Blowing smoke at freedom

April 21, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

When we all return to campus next semester, the air will most likely be a little cleaner. A tobacco ban, as you all read on the front page and from President Sullivan in your inbox last week, will most likely be in effect.Bans such as this are becoming more pervasive throughout the country, especially at institutions of higher learn...

It’s past time for a pastime

It’s past time for a pastime

April 15, 2015

Just east of campus sits a piece of history. It's fair to assume that many students will never visit C...

Our advising needs a boost

April 7, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This week, students will be making big decisions about their future — they’ll be deciding what classes to take next semester.This series of decisions is never easy.  And, with so many factors at play, it shouldn’t be. Not only do students have to navigate academic requirements, but, increasingly, part-time jobs, inte...

Let’s keep this professional

March 31, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

For almost 60 years, UVM has contracted the same food vendor to coordinate all of its dining needs — Sodexo.As announced a short while ago in an email from Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs, they’ll be around for at least a little longer. The relationship between UVM and Sodexo has been nothing if not cordial...

Extend elections now

Extend elections now

March 24, 2015

We would like to ask a simple question — how short is too short for a political campaign? Two weeks? Th...

Think independently

March 17, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

By the time seniors graduate and summer rolls around, undergraduates at UVM will have a new Student Government Association president.Candidates are already starting their campaigns, and there are many qualified, capable people who could fill the position.Candidates will be asking for endorsements from clubs, prominent individual...

Decade of dismantling

March 10, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

In the world of higher education, few social issues are more pressing than sexual assault.If the casual observer of the media were to make a judgement, few would fault them for believing that many college campuses exist underneath the shadow of rape culture.At UVM, this culture is challenged. The 10th annual Dismantling Rape C...

It’s not new, Vermont

February 24, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The need for ethical political campaigns and government activity has always been on the minds of Americans.With power comes the increased possibility of conflicts of interest. Many states have taken it upon themselves to enact their own independent ethics watchdog bodies.Forty-two states currently have ethics committees with the ...

On the dean’s duties

On the dean’s duties

February 17, 2015

The College of Arts and Sciences is perhaps the University of Vermont’s most important academic divi...

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