The Vermont Cynic

Reform criminal justice and legalize

Reform criminal justice and legalize

Chris Harrell

April 26, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Cannabis is all the rage in  Washington, D.C., right now. Politicians, especially Democrats, are increasingly jumping on the “legalize cannabis” bandwagon. Out of the top Democrats leading the polls for 2020, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris hav...

Decriminalizing drugs lessens addiction and incarceration rates

Decriminalizing drugs lessens addiction and incarceration rates

Mills Sparkman

April 24, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

We should decriminalize drugs in the U.S. in order to combat our massive addiction problems and decrease mass incarceration. Since the days of Prohibition, the U.S. has learned that outlawing drugs or other substances will not stop people from using them. Today, politicians talk about legalizing cannabis, but t...

4/20 smokers ignore social justice

4/20 smokers ignore social justice

Staff Editorial

April 23, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

So often the fight to legalize cannabis is branded as a fight to have fun, but this ignores the serious repercussions that past cannabis laws have had on people of color. This past weekend saw the campus celebration of 4/20, when students gather on Redstone campus to celebrate cannabis. When the e...

Drag isn’t exclusive to men

Drag isn’t exclusive to men

Lilly Sharp

April 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” showcases a number of drag queens competing to win the title of America’s Drag Superstar.  It is hosted and created by “the mother of drag,” Rupaul Charles. For years “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has stood as an icon of gay culture and progressive attitudes, but thi...

We need higher standards in 2020

We need higher standards in 2020

Staff Editorial

April 10, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Although we’re still on year three of President Donald Trump’s term, everyone seems to be looking at the Democratic Party for what their next step is in the 2020 race. And until very recently, former Vice President Joe Biden was a likely front-runner, although he has yet to announce his bid for...

Nine student activists could face consequences following rally

Nine student activists could face consequences following rally

Sawyer Loftus, Contributor

March 19, 2019


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

Students who spoke at a social justice rally last month could soon face disciplinary actions, according to letters obtained by the Cynic. Leaders from NoNames for Justice and other social justice groups have received letters from the University asking them to admit they violated student conduct polic...

Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Gabby Lescadre

February 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

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...

New year, but with the same old issues

Ari Kotler

January 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

What a year it’s been. President Donald Trump’s rotting brain has continued its plunge into insanity. White ethno-nationalists (big shoutout to Iowa Rep. Steve “Grand Wizard” King), “fiscal conservatives” and the super-rich remain in a happy political marriage and maintain  control of our g...

Evironmental activism is a step toward social justice

Evironmental activism is a step toward social justice

Emily Johnston

December 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

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 ...

NoNames closes out semester and reflects

NoNames closes out semester and reflects

Brandon Arcari, Assistant Breaking News Editor

May 1, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News

NoNames for Justice is planning a sit-in at the board of trustees meeting May 18. The student-activist group held a teach-in April 22 to update students on the progress of their social justice demands. Following the Main Street blockade Feb. 22 and the Waterman takeover by students Feb. 26, adminis...

The story behind UVM Black Out

Camilla Broccolo

October 5, 2016


Filed under Life

Sophomore Akilah Ho-Young never thought her Facebook post of the “Black Lives Matter” flag flying outside the Davis Center would become as viral as it did. Her post was shared over 14,000 times from people across the nation.   The response to the flag left her “shocked, extremely happy an...

UVM to offer new minors

UVM to offer new minors

March 20, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

Three new minors in social justice, writing and Jewish studies may soon be available to students. The new social justice minor was proposed by the department of social work. It will consist of 18 credit hours for social work, social work service learning as well as social, economic or environmental justice ...

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