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Staff Editorial

October 30, 2019

Over the past month, the Cynic has struggled to obtain interviews with several UVM employees. We’ve hit roadblock after roadblock in our efforts to tell the truth. For our Oct. 8 edition, the Cynic requested an interview with Daphne Wells, director of Student Life. Her email response to the Cynic stated...

Don’t give hateful speech attention it doesn’t deserve

Don’t give hateful speech attention it doesn’t deserve

Meg Trogolo

October 10, 2019

An evangelical preacher stands in a high-traffic area of campus, spewing homophobic language and surrounded by angry students. Sadly, this is not an unexpected sight at UVM. Evangelicals have set up shop on UVM campus at least four times in the past four years, according to Cynic articles from Octo...

Controversial preacher raises First Amendment questions

Controversial preacher raises First Amendment questions

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

October 9, 2019

Preacher Keith Darrell stood, Bible in hand, just after noon, Sept. 30, in the middle of Andrew Harris Commons. As students passed by, a small group stopped to listen. “Binary thinking is inescapable, you’re either serving the will of God or the will of Satan,” Darrell said. “Homosexuality ...

Support the Young Progressives’ free speech petition

Support the Young Progressives’ free speech petition

Gabby Lescadre

April 19, 2019

If the last SGA elections taught us anything, it’s that UVM students are all about democracy. Seeing how widespread political involvement is on campus, UVM’s rigid policies on political activity are hard to believe. Student advocates believe now is the time for that change. The Young Progressi...

Administration restricts free speech by punishing student activists

Administration restricts free speech by punishing student activists

Letter to the Editor

March 30, 2019

Administrators seek to discipline me and eight other students for speaking during a protest at Waterman. Their actions are baseless, hypocritical and an assault to freedom of speech. Administrators claim our protest harmed the community, citing the definition of “disruption” under UVM’s poli...

Who is afraid of the opinion section? A conversation

Who is afraid of the opinion section? A conversation

Henry Mitchell

November 3, 2018

Scene: Person One overhears anguish from Person Two and investigates the source Person Two has read the headline of a New York Times op-ed titled “The Curse of Affirmative Action” and appears to be in a fit of rage. Person One tries to talk it out with Person Two, causing tension. Person One: ...

Disagreements need discussion

Disagreements need discussion

Staff Editorial

October 3, 2018

This past week, the Cynic published an editorial piece by a columnist who argued in favor of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. We try and represent all viewpoints on campus; however, publishing an article does not, in any way, mean we condone or support the viewpoint being ...

Wellness Environment oversteps its realm

Staff Editorial

January 18, 2018

Although relatively new, the Wellness Environment has made a name for itself on campus. It’s known for its focus on health and wellbeing and its new residence hall, but also infamous for the contract its members must sign upon joining. When a group of WE students crafted a penis from sticky notes ...

FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

James Simpson and Henry Mitchell

November 17, 2017

James After a continuing education student, Wesley Richter, was charged with disorderly conduct after being accused of using racist and threatening language, the debate of free speech versus hate speech is in the spotlight. It is undeniable that the First Amendment protects even the most hateful stateme...

Safe spaces prevent University diversity of thought

Safe spaces prevent University diversity of thought

Ian Nathan

October 14, 2017

Recently, it has seemed that higher education is just a way to delay adulthood. In resident adviser training, we were told to take Trump signs down because of their potential impacts. This is disregarding the First Amendment by censoring views that do not align with the University’s left-...

Colleges must stand for free speech

Colleges must stand for free speech

Kate Lipman

April 16, 2017

Middlebury College recently received author Charles Murray to speak at an event hosted by a student group and co-sponsored by the school’s political science department. I had never heard of Murray before the event became a national news story; he is a conservative author and social scient...

Sullivan announces book about free speech

Sullivan announces book about free speech

Greta Brown, Staff Writer

April 15, 2017

President Tom Sullivan thinks it necessary to value free speech on college campuses, according to a new book he is writing, which has yet to be named.   Sullivan’s book will outline the challenges of interpreting the First Amendment and emphasize the necessity for college campuses to cultivate a civica...

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