Editor’s letter

To those of you new to UVM: wel?come! To those who are returning for another year: welcome back! The purpose of this letter is to let you know about The Cynic and how it works. This newspaper does not oper?ate as a static organization, but rather a news organ and a public forum for you, the reader. You can look for new editions each Tuesday of the school year, with only a few exceptions, on newsstands across campus and other locations in Burl?ington. We also publish weekly on our Web site, http://www.vermontcynic.org. This is a site we have developed independently within the last year and are working hard to improve by adding breaking news when it happens. If you can’t pick up the print edition we’re al?ways online! After we get a little further into the school year, we will begin printing two sections, as we did last semester. The A-section houses the news section, the opinion/editorial section and the sports section, as well as crosswords, sudoku and comic strips. Our B-Section, called the B-Side, will contain the weekly cal?endar of events, the arts and entertain?ment section, the life and style section as well as an in-depth feature story. If you’re an aspiring journalist, pho?tographer or salesperson, or even if you just want to see how The Cynic works, we hold weekly meetings on Monday nights at 7 pm. There are many ways to get involved, and we are always wel?coming newcomers interested in writ?ing, photography, Web editing, ad sales and graphic design. The Cynic cannot improve without new ideas and contrib?utors. As we look to report on the world around us, we eagerly look for your re?sponses. We accept letters to the editor via e-mail ([email protected]) or if you want to drop it off in person you can stop by our new home on the first floor of the Davis Center. Yet again, without your feedback and contributions it gets hard to improve our product for you, the reader. We truly value your opinion! We also hope you can take pride in the fact that each issue is put together by your fellow students. With the excep?tion of some letters to the editor, every article, photograph and cartoon is the product of a fellow Catamount. If you’re involved in a club or event and think it’s worth covering, let us know! Generally we stay abreast of what’s happening on campus, but we do miss some things. Any press releases can be submitted to [email protected], just let us know who you are, what’s go?ing on and a person to contact. It’s that easy! In this week’s issue you can find news about the Davis Center, convoca?tion, world news highlights from the summer, an annotated campus map, columns, music and movie reviews, a crossword and sudoku puzzles as well as sports news and opinion. So please, by all means, enjoy this edition and future editions. Be sure that we will be looking to improve our jour?nalism and our presentation every week. And, as always, don’t hesitate to contact us or join the staff – it’s not hard at all and also can be a lot of fun. The Cynic has been around since 1883, making it one of the oldest colle?giate newspapers in the United States, but it is by no means old news! Please help us stay fresh and informative for years to come. Sincerely, E. Austin Danforth III Editor-in-Chief Class of 2008