The Vermont Cynic

How the hotel industry can hurt developing countries

How the hotel industry can hurt developing countries

Colleen Ward

3 days ago


Filed under Opinion

Students coming back from winter break vacations don’t realize their impact on developing countries might be worse than they expected. The hotel and tourism industries are known for overusing fresh water, preventing local residents from accessing reliable water sources. Developing countries need hotel and to...

Medical amnesty faces conflict in WE

Medical amnesty faces conflict in WE

Jackson Schilling

4 days ago


Filed under Opinion

In December of 2018, CBS This Morning released a segment on UVM’s Wellness Environment. The segment praises the Wellness Environment for its ability to create a safer environment in a school that is notorious for partying. According to the segment, students in WE see improved GPAs and reduced bing...

Stay engaged in politics by listening to the other side

Stay engaged in politics by listening to the other side

Charlotte Malling

5 days ago


Filed under Opinion

Election season has ended, and the freshman Congresspeople have been sworn in. Whether you voted for them or not, they're laying out plans for the issues on which they’ve been campaigning. The sense of political urgency this past season set historical records, with 49 percent of eligible voters t...

Governmental actions affect us all

Governmental actions affect us all

Staff Editorial

6 days ago


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

At the date of publication of this article, the government will have been shut down for 25 days. That means 25 days that one third of federal workers have gone without pay. The shutdown is the result of a political disagreement over funds demanded by President Trump for his border wall. And althoug...

The fleeting promise of power

Letter to the Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

The most important belief that unites all of our country as a people is that we agree that corporations and special interest groups steal the focus of the government off its people. I am a 20 year old progressive American, born and raised in the Finger Lakes of New York to a middle class family with...

Human error: bots won’t rid Tumblr of explicit content

Human error: bots won’t rid Tumblr of explicit content

Emily Johnston

December 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Tumblr announced a decision to ban adult content on their website Dec. 17 after a plague of child porn and other illegal content flooded the website. The reasoning behind this ban is that Tumblr went off the App Store, and in order to go back on they have to fix this issue. Instead of hiring moder...

When image control goes too far

When image control goes too far

Letter to the Editor

December 16, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

As a lead resident adviser and writing center tutor, the wellbeing of my community matters to me. As an Honors College student and critical thinker, honesty and academic integrity do as well. I feel I must speak out against the problematic email sent by Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs, to t...

How to take control of your sex life: reflect and repeat

How to take control of your sex life: reflect and repeat

Izzy Abraham

December 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Sometimes a hookup happens so quickly that we don’t take the time to reflect. I think it’s important now more than ever that we, meaning everyone, reflect on our sexual encounters. It’s important to maintain healthy self-talk, to reflect often and to reflect on ideas other than sex and romanc...

Don’t tune out when you’re turned on

Don’t tune out when you’re turned on

Gabby Felitto

December 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Porn is an outlet for everyone to witness their fantasies. However, it is still racist, there are still tropes and white men are still running it, according to the documentary “The Racist History Of Pornography.” Porn exploits women of color, portraying them as unrealistic stereotypes. Asian women are...

Ending the stigma of female masturbation

Ending the stigma of female masturbation

Gabby Lescadre

December 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Masturbation: in our culture, it’s often seen as the “she-who-must-not-be-named” of all actions. At the drop of the “M-bomb,” you may experience an array of reactions: wonderful, gross, desperate, pleasurable, shameful. It might even make your shoulders tight and your face hot. Regardless ...

No second chances in #MeToo

No second chances in #MeToo

Staff Editorial

December 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This time last year, #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement were in full swing. Hollywood actresses came together and spoke up about the abuse and power plays rampant in the industry, proving that even women who we perceive as more privileged are not safe. It was a venture into uncharted territory to see wom...

Dude, where’s my Juul?

Dude, where’s my Juul?

Olivia Stafford

December 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The company Juul was created to help people quit smoking cigarettes, but the product has become a dangerous trend. While the Food and Drug Administration has begun cracking down on this issue by banning flavors kids enjoy, more action needs to be taken to educate kids about the risks of Juul. Accor...

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