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UVM student looks to quell quarantine concerns through TikTok

Sophomore Sam Joyner posted a video on TikTok for his second day in isolation after going to his sister's wedding, sharing what food UVM gave him.
Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter October 14, 2020

It’s almost a normal weekday for Sophomore Sam Joyner, except today he’s sitting alone in a hallway of empty dorm rooms accompanied only by people in hazmat suits, making TikToks to offer a glimpse...

White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator praises UVM, cautions potential outbreaks

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, addresses gathered media in the Grand Maple Ball Room at UVM Oct. 10. Birx praised the University and Vermont's response to the virus.
Alek Fleury, Managing Editor October 10, 2020

In a visit to the University of Vermont’s campus Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Response Coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force praised the University and the states’ handling of the...

Proposed Spring calendar pushes back start date to Feb. 1, eliminates Spring break

Signage on the door of a UVM residence hall reminds community members of the school's COVID-19 rules, including social distancing and the buildings' new no-guest policy.
Ella Ruehsen and Emma Pinezich September 18, 2020

Students may not have spring break and classes could start as late as Feb. 1, according to a proposed Spring calendar approved by the academic branch of UVM’s coronavirus task force. UVMStrong’s...

Weekly COVID testing to continue through November, UVM President says

UVM students stand in a long line outside of the Davis center Covid testing site, Sept. 10.
Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor September 17, 2020

UVM will continue mandatory COVID-19 testing for students through the beginning of November, the University announced just days before student testing was set to expire. Before UVM President Suresh...

Dr. Fauci applauds Vermont’s response to pandemic, calls on nation to follow its lead

Dr. Anthony Fauci joined Vermont Gov. Phil Scott's coronavirus press briefing Sept. 14, where he applauded the state's low COVID-19 positivity rate.
Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter September 16, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious disease, called Vermont’s handling of COVID-19 some of the best in the country, at a press briefing with Vermont reporters Sept. 15.  Fauci...

Call out the administration, not students

Call out the administration, not students
Emily Johnston, Assistant Opinion Editor September 16, 2020

Instagram accounts have cropped up to showcase students without masks, @catswearmasks having one video of the Redstone Green with nearly 2,000 views. It is easy in a pandemic to start an ‘us vs. them’...

‘You can’t put reins on kids’: Hundreds gather on Redstone Green as cops watch, unsure how to act

A group of students sit together on the Redstone Green, Sept. 11. Students had gathered in large groups several days before over Labor Day weekend, drawing UVM Police to the scene.
Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter September 16, 2020

As the midnight moon cast down on the Redstone Green Sept. 6, two UVM police officers watched as a group of 150 students openly violated the University’s strict COVID-19 social conduct policy.  Despite...

Students manage COVID inconveniences

Junior Claire Smith poses for a photo Sept. 10. “If I see people out and about downtown, it’s not strange because everyone’s living there, but when I go to campus it’s a weird in-between,” Smith said.
Cyrus Oswald September 15, 2020

As students return to campus with the oppurtunity for in-person classes, some  don’t feel that the University is totally on their side. On Mar. 11, the UVM department of Residential Life...

COVID-19 impacts BTV bar scene

COVID-19 impacts BTV bar scene
Rebecca Holt, Staff Writer September 14, 2020

On Aug. 20th, the City of Burlington instituted new policies limiting gathering sizes and alcohol sales to prevent the spread of COVID-19, right before University of Vermont students flooded back into...

First-year athletes confront semester of unknowns as they await first week of practice

Fans fill the bleachers of Patrick Gym to watch the men’s basketball team play against Brown University in Oct. 2019.
Hayley Rosen, Assistant Sports Editor September 10, 2020

Under normal circumstances, first-year soccer player Jake Vitale and his team would have been practicing and conditioning for weeks, and have already played at least a few games.  But, Vitale said...

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