The Vermont Cynic

Winter Carnival unites the University

Winter Carnival unites the University

March 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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...

Our failures to shed light on hate

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November 20, 2015

The media has been buzzing about the recent protests at the University of Missouri. Minority students and faculty across the country said they often are left feeling marginalized, and as outsiders at universities where the majority of the campus population is white. These events may be thousa...

UVM Foundation steps up to the plate

October 7, 2015

As the money for public higher education starts to dry up, public institutions have turned to the successful model of public-private partnerships to stay relevant. This past week, our relationship with the UVM Foundation has never been more public.The UVM Foundation, established in 2011, has been in the s...

Learn about the issues of your school

September 30, 2015

You gotta serve somebody. Bob Dylan’s famous lyrics are blunt, but accurate.There is a pecking order. People have power over the direction of your life.Here at UVM, those people are all around you — friends, professors, administrators and a group of people, many of whom students have never met, ...

On school spirit, and how to get it

On school spirit, and how to get it

September 24, 2015

Good sports programs are vital to American universities. Almost every facet of a university can be touched by good, profitable and inspiring programs.A major sports school, the University of Alabama, made over $45 million in the 2011-2012 school year according to the Department of Education. That’s $45...

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