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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

Environmentalism: Where imperfect is the new perfect

Environmentalism: Where imperfect is the new perfect

Olivia Langlan, Opinion Columnist September 29, 2022

Surrounded by a world experiencing climate change at a rapid and unnatural rate, it is only human that we want to be superheroes.  All around us are scary facts about the piles of waste in the oceans...

Junior Grace Kreitler and junior Casey McKay hold up a quilt in the Davis Center Dec. 3.

Student-run thrift shop provides accessible art and clothing

Meryl Callaway, Features Staff Writer December 3, 2021

Vermont Students Toward Environmental Protection is the student-run organization behind the weekly pop-up thrift shop in the Davis Center. VSTEP sells clothes donated by UVM students at the Davis Center....

Illustration by Eleni Pappas.

Act sustainably this Halloween

Henry Figler, Opinion Columnist October 28, 2021

It’s no secret that Halloween is a capitalist holiday, but that doesn’t mean it has to be so unsustainable. The sugar-filled, spooky holiday serves no religious or nationalistic function, yet research...

Sustainability students denied housing requests

Sustainability students denied housing requests

Kate Germain, Culture Staff March 18, 2021

As the weather warms and UVM students make their plans for Fall 2021 housing, Sustainability students grapple with major changes in their learning community.   The UVM Department of Residential Life’s...

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

Board of trustees affirms zero tuition increase in last meeting of the year

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter May 20, 2020

The UVM board of trustees will not increase tuition for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year despite mounting COVID-19 related expenses.  The board, led by Chair Ron Lumbra, also discussed UVM’s monetary...

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter April 27, 2020

A meeting that was supposed to include discussion about campus input on divestment resulted in the members scarcely touching the topic, before moving on to the next step in their agenda. The second...

Members of the board of trustees prepare for the March 2 meeting where they selected Ron Lumbra to be the new chair and established the new sustainability work group.

UVM asks for student input on divestment amidst pressure from campus groups

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter April 5, 2020

On a Friday afternoon when many students might be gearing up for the weekend, over 100 others chose to pack themselves behind a partition in the Silver Maple Ballroom.  They came to ask the board of...

Just say no to overconsumption

Just say no to overconsumption

Lucy Gilbert February 6, 2020

It’s normal to see someone with a closet the size of your apartment and want that lifestyle. However, we need to remember that overconsumption causes harm to the fashion industry, the workers behind...

$1.6M of green fund unused

$1.6M of green fund unused

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor November 22, 2019

Despite the fact that over 10,000 students are eligible to submit proposals to the Clean Energy Fund, only four did last semester. Due to the lack of participation, SGA is hoping to restructure the language...

Exploring the local food in UVMs dining halls

Exploring the local food in UVM’s dining halls

George Weed, Feature Writer October 22, 2019

A small truck steered around the corner and backed into the loading dock. In its refrigerated compartment, 1,500 pounds of diced potatoes sat alongside cases of local produce. This week’s shipment...

Divestment not our only option

Divestment not our only option

Letter to the Editor October 9, 2019

By Richard Cate, vice president for finance and University Treasurer  Global climate challenges are capturing headlines around the world, and rightly so, as environmental concerns are among the most...

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Staff Editorial April 18, 2019

While UVM is very conscious of the environment, we must aim higher and acknowledge our faults to be truly sustainable. Though we tout our lack of plastic water bottles and compost bags available in our...

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