The Vermont Cynic

Who is afraid of the opinion section? A conversation

Who is afraid of the opinion section? A conversation

Henry Mitchell

November 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

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


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

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


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Campus, News

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...

Diversity forum educates faculty and staff

Diversity forum educates faculty and staff

Joey Waldinger, Staff Writer

April 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

A crowd of scholars, faculty and students sat in the Silver Maple ballroom waiting to hear a presentation related to diversity at UVM. UVM held its 10th annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium March 30 and 31. The symposium was hosted by Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity an...

Listen, don’t dismiss other opinions

Listen, don’t dismiss other opinions

September 21, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last Friday, a pro concealed carry organization tabled outside the Davis Center. On our undeniably liberal campus, the conservative voice is often lost in a majority population of pro-Bernie Sanders, social justice warriors. As a result, conservative students, who are clearly outnumbered by...

The future of print news in a multimedia-crazed world

September 15, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Those of you who are reading this article are participating in the dying art of journalism.Journalism has been considered sacred since the war for independence, but recent trends have shown this revered check on society no longer holds the importance it used to.Newspaper sales are abysmal at best, with ma...

Senator Sanders and political speech

Joey Brown

September 23, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

One of the most salient talking points pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders — and his state’s most prominent ice cream manufacturer, Ben and Jerry’s — is that the United States would benefit as a republic to “keep money out of politics” in order to prevent the “billionaire class” from “buyin...

The triggered campus tyrants

Joey Brown

April 21, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

Last Thursday, American Enterprise Institute scholar and author of “Who Stole Feminism?” Christina Hoff Summers spoke at Georgetown University, at the invitation of a campus conservative group. She was greeted by GU students who held up signs warning that Ms. Sommers’ speech may “contain discussions o...

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