The Vermont Cynic

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...

More Vermonters please

November 11, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

There aren’t enough Vermonters in the UVM administration.Our college is comprised of a variety of members. We have both in-state and out-of-state students, and it is great to hear from different perspectives across campus and in classes.This diversity is something we would like to see more of in the leadership of the Univ...

Statue needs new location

April 8, 2014

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last week The Cynic published an article about the University's lack of recognition for its first black graduate in 1838. Since then, President Sullivan has sent an email to the University acknowledging Andrew Harris' contributions and appointed a committee to further recognize him. Despite these efforts, there is a greater issu...

Cynic sees increase in crime

February 11, 2014

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Staff Editorial

Crime on campus seems to be on the rise in the past few weeks. Attempted armed robberies, theft and "peeping toms" are just a few of the crimes that have been reported at UVM lately. The Cynic has found that we are reporting more crimes than we deem usual. There was an attempted armed robbery between the Votey and Cook ...

Student life thrives in cold

January 28, 2014

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Staff Editorial

We might be freezing, but life is great. Last week the Cynic reported that UVM was ranked as one of the top 20 coldest colleges in the country by College Prowler. Winter in Vermont has been especially frigid this year.  It makes us ask the question, who in their right mind would come to college here? The Cynic feels th...

Administrator keeps tweeting

January 14, 2014

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Staff Editorial

The provost of UVM has a Twitter for the first time. Dr. David Rosowsky took the office of provost and senior vice president of the University last August. He began tweeting during his first day on the job. Provost Rosowsky was formerly the dean of the school of engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. UVM has neve...

Football free but still full of sports

December 3, 2013

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Staff Editorial

Most colleges that are known as "sports schools" have a varsity football program. Students at UVM, however, don shirts that say varsity foot- ball has been "undefeated since 1974." That's because we haven't had varsity football here since 1974. But does that mean that we aren't a sports school? Not really, we just ...

Sodexo’s behavior a cause for concern

September 24, 2013

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Staff Editorial

Sodexo's policy change, one that redefines a full-time employee, is a possible violation of federal law and most certainly a breach of moral code. UVM professor and Vermont Sen. Phil Baruth and Vermont Fair Food Campaign organizer Kelly Mangan are leading a charge-both social and legislative-against Sodexo and its new definitio...

Our troublesome inheritance

April 28, 2008

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Staff Editorial

Food prices around the world are on the rise. Riots have broken out in Egypt and Afghanistan because of flour prices that have doubled.California, in some places, is short on rice, and Japan is suffering from major shortages of butter.The dollar is hitting record lows against all manner of currencies and other measures and the...

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