The Vermont Cynic

Make registration more user-friendly

Make registration more user-friendly

April 13, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Class registration is, arguably, one of the most stressful times of the semester for students. Between trying to navigate the ever-confusing CATS report, avoiding dreaded 8:30 a.m. time slots, attempting to fulfill graduation requirements and participate in a “Hunger Games”-esque competition for sl...

Giving first-years a choice in housing

Giving first-years a choice in housing

April 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Come August, first-year students arriving at UVM will arguably have a much different experience than what any of the current students reading this remember themselves having.We all remember the awkward and nerve-wracking experience of orientation, the first-year reading we skimmed while on the beach and ma...

Listen to the student body

Listen to the student body

March 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

[media-credit name="ALYSSA HANDELMANN" align="alignnone" width="300"][/media-credit]A reading day has been added back to the final exam schedule after protests from students erupted in response to the faculty senate removing the study day in December.In a staff editorial published Dec. 9, the Cynic ca...

Post course info online to better inform students for registration

March 23, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials, Staff Editorial

On March 20, SGA leadership sent a letter to the administration advocating for course descriptions and syllabi to be made available online for all classes during registration.Professors are “expected” to post expanded course descriptions before registration, but in employee contracts, lines can...

Winter Carnival unites the University

Winter Carnival unites the University

March 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The Cynic’s Enterprise section has spent the past three weeks exploring race at UVM, and has covered the Kake Walk, the current racial climate and the future of diversity at our University. Though this may come as no surprise to UVM students, our University has the one of the lowest diversity rates of all...

The marijuana bill passed in Vermont

The marijuana bill passed in Vermont

March 2, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The Vermont State Senate made history Feb. 24 by becoming the second legislative body to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana, and the first to do so without the use of a referendum.This isn’t the end of the fight, however. The measure will now head to the House, and supporters will be figh...

Kake Walk: Time to right our wrongs

<p>Kake Walk: Time to right our wrongs</p>

February 24, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Forty-seven years ago, the University ended a tradition that involved  fraternity members dancing in blackface and satin tuxedos. It was called the Kake Walk, inspired by  mid-19th century minstrel shows in Vermont.It ended in 1969, the year after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and durin...

An intolerable, anti-Semitic email

<p>An intolerable, anti-Semitic email</p>

February 17, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

A number of UVM students found an unsettling email in their inboxes Feb. 10, claiming that a crematorium at Auschwitz was a hoax, apparently originating from a group of Holocaust revisionists, “The Committee for an Open Debate on the Holocaust.”  The email appears to be malicious spam, and does not s...

Bring it Back: step up to the plate

<p>Bring it Back: step up to the plate</p>

February 10, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

In 2009, UVM cut its varsity baseball and softball programs because of budget cuts.This wasn’t the first time– the same happened in the 1970s, though the program re- turned after seven years.The numbers just don’t add up for the program’s removal. Since being cut in 2009, UVM’s total athle...

Your voice can make a difference

February 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Voting: A simple act that has the potential to change the political landscape of our country.This is especially true during the current election cycle.Though it’s only January, this race is already shaping up to be one for the history books.When the headlines are dominated by Donald Trump’s late...

Student activism falls flat

<p>Student activism falls flat</p>

January 27, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Nearly 350 people RSVP’d “going” to an event titled “Give Us Back Our Reading Days! Student Protest” on Facebook.Only about 10 actually showed up Jan.25.The event was created following a Faculty Senate vote to remove reading days from the academic calendar. This change will take place star...

Reform ignores our needs

December 10, 2015


Filed under Staff Editorial

[UPDATED: Dec. 10 6:20 p.m.]With barely any input from the student body, the University has decided to eliminate reading days beginning in fall 2016.This change was made to allow for a fall break in October, as well as a shift in the timing of spring break to allow for students to participate in Burlington’s Town Meeting Day.Gi...

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