The Vermont Cynic

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...

Let’s better the board

February 10, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Having a stake in the direction of our University should be second-nature to students. Even an understanding would suffice.The standing of the University obviously impacts all of us, but it’s a lifetime commitment, too.Practically speaking, your degree will gain or lose value as the University gains and loses prestige.On a deeper level, your a...

Your town, your vote

February 3, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Over the next four weeks, the race for city council will be on.This is no ordinary city council election, though. The creation of a new, student-majority district gives us a unique chance to elect new representatives for the first time in university and city history.In many ways, a city councilor elected for and by students ...

Remove 40 percent

January 27, 2015

Filed under 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 two pages back and you...

A hard road to pay equity

December 9, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Soon, the administration and the teachers union will sign their new contracts.This year has been marked by slow progress and protests decrying the model of the “corporate university” and the overpaid administration.We have seen a shift in the past thirty years or so from university administrations lead by faculty to profe...

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