The Vermont Cynic

Activists should abide by truth

Activists should abide by truth

Staff Editorial

December 3, 2019

Over this past month, posters have been strewn on tables and tacked to bulletin boards across campus. “DON’T BE THEIR PUPPET,” they read, in white lettering. In the background of the poster, an ominous and dark illustration of a gray hand with red strings tied to each finger holds up a wooden p...

Rapper sheds light on decolonization

 Mona Haydar speaks in front of an assembled crowd, Nov. 4. Haydar was invited to speak by the Muslim Student Association.

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

A woman with bright brown eyes, electric pink lipstick and a white hijab made her way through rows of chairs, smiling widely. Around 6 p.m. Nov. 4, the president of the Mulim Student Association, sophomore Lena Ginawi, handed Mona Haydar the microphone. A Syrian American artist from Flint, Mic...

Discussing Divestment

Emily Johnston and Chris Harrell

October 19, 2019

Chris Harrell: Hello, Cynic friends! Today, my friend Emily and I are talking about divestment. Emily Johnston: The call for divestment is the call to move investments the school makes away from the fossil fuel industry. Around $27 million of UVM’s endowment is in fossil fuel corporations according ...

Spread environmentalism on campus

Spread environmentalism on campus

Izzy Abraham

May 5, 2019

As conscious newsreaders and tree-huggers UVM students are some of the most environmentally-friendly in the country. Our everyday habits are notably green, and we both boast and joke about how UVM is one of the most compost-friendly campuses around. But how do we spread our impact? How do we make up for the commu...

Union blocked out of admin office

First-year Jordyn King delivers a speech at the March 26 United Academics rally on the Waterman Green, which was attended by 40 faculty and students. The rally was to support the UA's petition which demands for the reinstatement of two lecturers and support for students who received conduct hearing notices following participation in a Feb. 26 rally hosted by NoNames for Justice.

Emma Pinezich and Lee Hughes

April 2, 2019

The faculty union and student activists were locked out of the executive offices when they tried to deliver a petition. United Academics, the faculty union, hosted a 2:30 p.m. March 26 rally on the Waterman Green. It was attended by 40 faculty and students, including members from the Coalition for ...

Make change: vote in SGA elections

Make change: vote in SGA elections

Staff Editorial

March 27, 2019

No matter who you’re voting for, we should all vote in SGA elections. In recent weeks, there have been parallel student movements: a wave of protests and the arrival of SGA presidential campaigns. We must recognize that these movements are two sides of the same coin — accurate representation for...

The Waterman Takeover: A tradition of protest at UVM

Posters wrap the marble columns of the Waterman building the student activist group NoNames For Justice take-over of the building Feb. 26, 2018.

Meg Trogolo, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019

One year ago, student activist group NoNames for Justice staged a takeover of the Waterman building Feb. 26 in order to protest racial injustice in the University’s administration. The takeover, in which over 250 students spent the day hanging banners, soliciting signatures from administrators on a list o...

Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Gabby Lescadre

February 3, 2019

Power to the pussy is a great mantra — just not for the entire feminist movement. For a sex that is predisposed to oppression at birth and whose sexual anatomy is a synonym for weakness, turning the word pussy into a symbol of strength and resistance is a no-brainer for feminists. Especially in t...

It’s time for a new Women’s March

It's time for a new Women's March

Staff Editorial

January 23, 2019

This past Saturday, Vermonters gathered in Montpelier — and in capitals across the nation — for the third annual Women’s March. The march was first conceived in the light of President Donald Trump’s 2016 election win. It’s well-known for being a symbol of resistance and unity, but it has also prov...

Evironmental activism is a step toward social justice

Evironmental activism is a step toward social justice

Emily Johnston

December 1, 2018

Many people struggle to choose between social justice or environmental justice. They think of them as two separate entities: both righteous, but on two different wavelengths. However, the environmental justice movement has a lot more in common with social justice than initially meets the eye. Both ...

Guerrilla Girls UNMASKED: Donna Kaz

Guerrilla Girls UNMASKED: Donna Kaz

Amanda Martino, Multimedia Reporter

November 5, 2018

The undercover feminist group the Guerrilla Girls formed in 1985 and has since been fighting against racism and sexism in the arts. Donna Kaz put down the mask and gave a talk to the Burlington community about her life as an activist and artist.

Use your anger to fuel activism

Use your anger to fuel activism

Letter to the Editor

October 25, 2018

Three weeks ago, almost 1,000 students walked out of classes to protest the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, to support heroes Christine Blasey Ford and Anita Hill and to stand with survivors of sexual assault. We stood to oppose the political threats that Kavanaugh poses – the er...

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