The Vermont Cynic

UVM allowing a pass/fail option is the ethical choice 

COLE FEKERT

Caroline Slack, Opinion columnist

April 10, 2020

While moving classes online was a necessary step for the safety of our student body, online classes are not the ideal learning environment.  There is a reason that students at UVM are attending college in-person: the real-life classroom experience is incredibly valuable. The University of Verm...

Without a boredom crush, it’s easy to lose motivation

Without a boredom crush, it's easy to lose motivation

Erin Powell

April 7, 2020

School being remote for the rest of the semester is a real bummer. But all the discussions of why remote learning is terrible have overlooked the backbone of academia: boredom crushes. A boredom crush is a cute person in your class that you have a passive crush on. The crush likely is specific to that...

Floor vandalism needs to stop

Floor vandalism needs to stop

Staff Editorial

February 19, 2020

On Thursday night Feb 13, the Cynic sent a photographer to walk around various UVM dorms to get as many photos as possible of the aftermath of vandalism. To be honest, we thought this was going to be a shot in the dark. We were doubtful that he would see anything. But when he came back, we sat at his c...

Why skiing uphill isn’t for the faint of heart

Why skiing uphill isn’t for the faint of heart

Sophie Oehler

February 7, 2020

When I was eight, my family went on vacation to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. It was great, until I got steamrolled by a snowboarder. The pileup that followed marked the end of my eventful, although short, alpine career. Since then, I have committed to Nordic skiing. Being a Nordic skier at UVM is...

VSCO girls are not embarrassed. Are you?

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Sophie Oehler

November 13, 2019

Sksksksksk and I oop- If you’re wondering, no I didn’t have a stroke. I’m just trying to fit in with the VSCO girls. A VSCO girl is any teenage girl who wears oversized T-shirts, Crocs, seashell necklaces and drinks out of a reusable water bottle, namely a Hydro Flask, according to Urban Dictiona...

Nothing is written in the stars

Nothing is written in the stars

Mills Sparkman, Opinion Editor

November 13, 2019

The bad news: Mercury is in retrograde, according to this year’s Farmer’s Almanac. The good news: it doesn’t matter. In recent years, astrology has gained a new life in memes on social media. We use it to explain the ups and downs of our lives, but we’re playing a dangerous game. The app Co-S...

The spookiest costume is gender roles

The spookiest costume is gender roles

Tori Scala, Opinion Columnist

October 30, 2019

Halloween is approaching fast, and to everyone stressing about what costumes to wear, please chill out. This upcoming Halloween, girls and guys should dress the way they want, rather than how society tells them to. In college, Halloween is more than just a one-night holiday. It is two consecutive w...

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 benefits of mindfulness. Not only are people brushing over the value of mindfulness, but many ...

Give public transit back to the public

Give public transit back to the public

Chris Harrell

October 24, 2019

Any good, self-respecting Catamount carries three items with them when they leave their house: an autographed picture of Rally Cat, a flask full of Vermont maple syrup and their CATcard. I’m kidding about the first two, of course, but even if you don’t live in a dorm or eat at the dining halls, you...

How a Brit experiences the wonders of American college life

How a Brit experiences the wonders of American college life

Anna Rees

October 17, 2019

Some might say the transition from rural Wales to the U.S. wouldn’t come with many adjustments, but you couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve been here for just over a month and it’s fair to say my visit in Trumpyland has been an experience. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve got their similarities; w...

Don’t pretend to be broke if it hurts others

Don’t pretend to be broke if it hurts others

Mills Sparkman

October 17, 2019

There’s a big division on campus that no one talks about. It’s not in-state or out-of-state, it’s not Yerba Mate versus kombucha, it’s fake broke versus actually broke. Someone who’s fake broke has beer money but can’t Venmo you back for the time you bought them groceries. They go out eve...

Students, take back your data

Students, take back your data

Staff Editorial

October 16, 2019

Since 2018, UVM has softly rolled out its new advising software called Navigate, but how much say have students had in this process? Zero. According to the University’s own webpage detailing the project’s history, there is no indication students were a part of the leadership team for this projec...

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