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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Art is important, even for STEM students

Art is important, even for STEM students

Max Akom, Opinion Columnist April 20, 2023

I often find that dedicated STEM nerds such as myself do not understand art. We slip into this uber-rationality where statistics, natural laws and facts dominate our thinking on every issue.  As an...

Gender gaps still prevalent in CEMS

Gender gaps still prevalent in CEMS

Avery Delisle, Culture Staff Writer February 18, 2022

Since Ellen Hamilton and Lida Mason were the first women to graduate from UVM in 1875, there have been advancements in the gender ratios on campus but STEM fields are still unequal. In the college 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...

Junior Dia Brown poses in the UVM FabLab, Nov. 20. The FabLab makes rapid-prototyping tools available to UVM students and faculty.

Meet Dia Brown: engineer and leader

Emma Shapera, Staff Writer December 4, 2019

Despite the STEM community making up most of UVM’s majors, there was no National Society for Black Engineers at the University until last year. Junior Dia Brown, the club’s president and founder,...

“Weed-out” classes cut out students’ goals

“Weed-out” classes cut out students’ goals

Emily Johnston, Opinion Columnist November 6, 2019

On Oct. 28, popular Instagram account uvmbathrooms posted an opinion on the STEM classes at UVM. STEM students, those in science, technology, engineering and math, all must pass sets of classes for...

The satirical view: Cynic headlines to watch out for this semester

Henry Mitchell May 13, 2019

“Fraternity vows not to screw up like last time, again” “Business majors have it good for too long” “Administration unable to eliminate cannabis from campus” “UVM receives funding...

Promotional banners for STEM are displayed in front of Discovery Hall. A public debate held Feb. 27 in the Davis Centers Sugar Maple Ballroom focused on whether prioritization toward STEM in higher education is appropriate or not.

Debate team disputes conflict

Maeve Gurnis and Lee Hughes March 7, 2019

Following student outcry and protests in response to faculty cuts, UVM’s Lawrence Debate Union held a debate about the importance of STEM and the liberal arts. The union hosted the public debate Feb....

A portrait of UVM graduate John Dewey, a philosopher and proponent of an education as a means of social reform, overlooks the John Dewey Lounge as sophomore Charlotte Looby delivers an impassioned speech Feb. 5 at a United Academics meeting.

The Changing Face of UVM: Students and faculty take a stand against budget cuts

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes February 19, 2019

Faculty and student outcry has followed cuts in certain College of Arts and Sciences’ programs due to declining enrollment. The faculty union, United Academics, held a teach-in Feb. 14 in front of Howe...

Scientist’s story reveals sexism in field

Lindsey Imhoff, Staff Writer December 8, 2018

“I thought I couldn’t do what I wanted to do in life, which was be a scientist, because I wasn’t good at school,” Donna Toufexis, associate professor of biobehavioral psychology, said. This...

Passion is the key to true success

Passion is the key to true success

Jackson Schilling December 7, 2018

A common myth at college is that the only way to get a high-paying job is by majoring in a STEM field. In reality, students who dedicate themselves to their passion will be happier overall with their...

President Tom Sullivan and trustees convene at the board of trustees fall meeting Oct. 27. An anonymous email sent to UVM promises rallies and riots over the universitys lack of funding for arts and humanities.

Anonymous letter calls for more humanities funding

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor December 7, 2018

An anonymous email has been sent to UVM promising rallies and riots over funding for arts and humanities. Several pictures of an email were posted Nov. 29 on a popular UVM parents Facebook page. The...

Priority to the people: expanding STEM dept.

Letter to the Editor November 11, 2018

The phrase “let’s get this degree” embodies the sentiment many, perhaps most, hold towards university. To respond to last week’s “public school, private donors” editorial, this trend is not...

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