The Vermont Cynic

Grooving with the Mountain Goats

Grooving with the Mountain Goats

Caroline Slack, Features Editor

April 29, 2018


Filed under Features, Reviews

Four men in suits ran on stage, looking like a band of dads  hurrying from a business meeting to this gig. For a second I wondered what I was getting myself into. Then I felt the pulse of the bass and heard the hearty strums of a guitar. On Wednesday, April 18, the Mountain Goats grac...

SGA needs to represent all students

Khalid AlMubarak

April 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

To build a truly representative students’ union, we can use the government body we already have. I began looking into this with a great degree of skepticism toward SGA. The students’ unions that I witnessed abroad were far more activist-oriented and more representative of their constituents. To solv...

Call out gender bias issue

Call out gender bias issue

Staff Editorial

April 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This week, a discrimination lawsuit four years in the making is finally going to trial. Cindy Ruescher, former UVM Enterprise Technology Services employee, accused the University of gender discrimination, creating a hostile workplace and firing her for complaining of discrimination issues. The cou...

Reclaiming Identities of Addiction

Reclaiming Identities of Addiction

Kian Deshler, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Features

Language is a powerful form of representation, and one that is largely absent on this campus for our students in recovery. Professors banter about the consumption of alcoholic beverages in class, students openly recount drunken evenings on the bus and people jokingly self-identify as “alcoholics.” Comments...

SGA demands counselors

SGA demands counselors

Staff Editorial

April 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last week, SGA highlighted a desperate need for a counselor dedicated to the serving students of color at UVM. First-year SGA senator Carter Yee brought up a resolution calling on Counseling and Psychiatry Services to hire a mental health specialist to work specifically with students of color. We agr...

How to engage SGA voters

How to engage SGA voters

Staff Editorial

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

If we were to write the staff editorial expected of this paper, we would say that only 20 percent of the student body voted in the SGA presidential election, and isn’t that a shame. We would wag our fingers at our fellow undergrads, and point out that an SGA president elect received only 1,124 votes...

UVM, bring Arabic back

Khalid AlMubarak

March 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

UVM hardly has a diverse student demographic by any measure, and that is why teaching non-European languages is critical to widen students’ perspective. There is a great deficiency of languages being taught at the University and possibly a misunderstanding over the purpose of teaching foreign lan...

We can rename buildings

We can rename buildings

Staff Editorial

March 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Two weeks ago, the board of trustees created a committee to discuss renaming buildings on campus. For over a year, students have called for the renaming of Perkins Hall and Bailey/Howe library. The committee will use a list of criteria developed by Yale University to decide whether or not to rename...

Be skeptical of ResLife changes

Be skeptical of ResLife changes

Isabella Abraham

March 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Living/Learning Communities seem like the way to maximize a residence hall experience, especially for first-year students — that’s definitely what ResLife wants incoming first-year students to think. There are numerous LLCs spanning all of UVM’s campus this year, and ResLife is planning on main...

Eggplants: Cooking and Connecting with the Old World

Eggplants: Cooking and Connecting with the Old World

Brigitte Riordan, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under Features, Food

Food is culture. I am a first-generation Romanian-American, but I don’t know much about Romanian food. My father fled the country in the height of Ceausescu’s dictatorship, and once he moved to the United States, he was dedicated to being an American. He won’t speak Romanian around my brother...

The kids are all right: why student movements will save us all

Mills Sparkman

March 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This past week has been contentious, to say the least. NoNames for Justice and other student groups have rallied to support students and faculty of color on campus, and their voices have been heard. UVM administration has also made their voices heard, in the loudest way possible: silence. At...

Democratize UVM

Democratize UVM

Khalid AlMubarak

March 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We need a student’s union; a comprehensive and representative body that is elected by the students to serve the students. While organizations like the Black Student Union and the Asian Student Union are necessary and powerful, we still need one for the whole student body. It is questionable t...

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