The Vermont Cynic

UVM Foundation steps up to the plate

October 7, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

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


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

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


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

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...

The international contract of mystery

The international contract of mystery

September 15, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The contract between UVM and Study Group, a private international student recruiting firm, is partially redacted under a public records exemption — something the Cynic believes the campus community should know about [dropcap style="normal"]I[/dropcap]nternational students have been steadily flowing...

Policing that which cannot be policed

Policing that which cannot be policed

September 14, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Like the changing leaves, college kids coming back to town in fall, getting drunk, having parties and annoying their neighbors is as predictable as a pattern of nature. And like nature, it’s constant.This week, the Cynic published a story highlighting the $100,000 per year UVM allocates from the tuitio...

On the amazing first-year experience

On the amazing first-year experience

September 1, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Perhaps the most hectic and unpredictable time in life is the first week of college.Being tossed into a new academic environment and expected to succeed, have a social life and get enough sleep is the “bermuda triangle” of the college experience.But that’s okay. You’re lucky that there’s a se...

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 l...

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 inst...

It’s past time for a pastime

It’s past time for a pastime

April 15, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Just east of campus sits a piece of history. It's fair to assume that many students will never visit Centennial Field, let alone understand what it’s meant to generations of students and Vermonters alike.This isn’t just the school paper waxing poetic — ESPN says it’s one of the top 10 baseba...

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...

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...

Extend elections now

Extend elections now

March 24, 2015


Filed under Staff Editorial

We would like to ask a simple question — how short is too short for a political campaign? Two weeks? Three weeks? How about five days? In case you didn’t know, five days is how long we officially have to elect a new SGA president. According to the campaign schedule, official platforms for al...

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