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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Prescription drugs aren’t a miracle cure

Prescription drugs aren’t a miracle cure

Christophe Meunier, Opinion Columnist September 13, 2022

I don’t have feelings anymore. I can’t remember the last time I truly felt happy, the last time I truly felt sad, the last time I truly felt bothered by something.  My life now is just an unending...

A student studies in the Davis Center atrium.

Students deal with post-spring break stress

Caroline Hess, Features Staff Writer April 1, 2022

The return from spring break marks the beginning of the final stretch to the end of the semester. Days off this semester include Town Meeting Day and President’s Day, according to the 2021-22 Academic...

Take mental health days when needed

Take mental health days when needed

Emily Johnston, Opinion Editor March 21, 2022

An alarm blares at 8:30 a.m. sharp, starting a typical day on campus. Yet, as I roll over to hit snooze, I realize I don’t feel like my usual self. I’m sluggish, overwhelmed and in need of a break. Mental...

The Living Well office is located on the first floor of the Davis Center.

Living Well space re-opens

Sabine Foerg, Features Staff Writer October 20, 2021

In a whirlwind return to in-person campus events and packed lecture halls, students can find peace in the calm, welcoming space of Living Well. Living Well reclaimed its space on the bottom floor of...

Climate anxiety plagues students

Climate anxiety plagues students

Emily Johnston, Opinion Columnist September 22, 2021

Every year of inaction on climate is another year the average environmental UVM student feels a burden of responsibility. A burden that the school does little to alleviate. Younger generations bear...

Analyzing the effect of online learning on college students

Analyzing the effect of online learning on college students

Ellie Scott, Layout Editor May 22, 2021

This past school year was unlike any other. The Cynic wanted to know what students felt about this year, so we asked students a series of questions about several topics ranging from mental health to online...

Racism isnt a mental illness and bigotry isnt a disability

Racism isn’t a mental illness and bigotry isn’t a disability

Moirha Smith, Staff Writer September 9, 2020

In the discussion of racial violence in the US, there’s a common claim that racism and bigotry are mental illnesses. I cannot count how many times I have heard that racists are mentally ill or...

Trustees gather for their Oct. 26, 2019 meeting. The board met virtually for their last meeting of the school year May 15.

Four takeaways from October 2019’s board of trustees meeting

Staff Report October 29, 2019

The group that governs UVM met Oct. 25-26 on the University’s campus to discuss and vote on UVM’s future. The group, the board of trustees, meets three times per academic year in October, February...

When “you time” takes a toll on time

When “you time” takes a toll on time

Izzy Abraham October 25, 2019

Mindfulness is entering the mainstream as trendy, cute and healthy, but being mindful can be a chore to those with busy routines. It’s no wonder that because of this, most people monetize the invaluable...

How to find comfort in being uncomfortable: breathe

How to find comfort in being uncomfortable: breathe

Valerie Davis September 21, 2019

Breathe. Just breathe.Ever since the first day of classes as a first-year just four weeks ago, these three words have been crucial to almost every aspect of my life. Since arriving at UVM, my life has...

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor April 24, 2019

Though psychedelics are often portrayed in popular culture as recreational drugs, psychedelics like ayahuasca have played a role in religious ceremonies and alternative medicine. Josh — not his real...

The Jacob’s House is home to UVM’s Counselling and Psychiatry Services where students can set up appointments with counsellors for their mental health needs.

Students seek mental health help in winter months

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer February 13, 2019

Vermont’s dark winters, with their bluster and shadow, leave many studetns struggling with their mental health. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs in nine percent...

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