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How transparent is UVM's COVID data compared to other colleges'?

How transparent is UVM’s COVID data compared to other colleges’?

Sierra Byrne and Lila Cumming April 7, 2021

Eight months after UVM created a COVID-19 dashboard to share data on testing and positive cases in the UVM community, administrators have not budged in their decision to only update information once a...

Students pack up their dorm belongings outside Harris-Millis Hall March 18.

Harsh COVID sanctions exacerbate confusion and anxiety among students

Will Guisbond, Cynic Staff Writer April 6, 2021

Following two semesters of strict COVID-19 rules and shifting punishments for policy violations, fear and isolation have left some students feeling anxious, tired and confused.  After sharp increases...

The UVM testing hours have been updated starting the week of April 5 to accommodate the twice-a-week testing.

Campus reopens for tours as COVID cases continue to rise

Ella Ruehsen, Assistant News Editor April 6, 2021

Despite nearly 100 students testing positive for COVID-19 this past week, UVM announced it has restarted in-person admissions tours again for prospective students and their families. UVM reported 54...

Sophomore Miles Mccallum stands in front of Harris-Millis Hall where he works as an RA.

Caught between students and admin, RAs voice frustration and guilt about conduct enforcement

Irene Choi and Nicole Hardy April 6, 2021

Editor’s note: Some RAs interviewed for this piece have had their names changed to first name pseudonyms due to fears that UVM would take action against them for speaking out.  Jamie, an RA living...

UVM Senior Emma Einhorn watches Professor Aaron Kindsvatter's first video titled “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont,

Professor who spoke out about white discrimination has history of fraught relationship with admin and students

Kate Vanni, Assistant Managing Editor April 5, 2021

As UVM professor Aaron Kindsvatter continues to post videos to his YouTube and make appearances on conservative radio and tv shows, his message — against what he perceives as anti-whiteness — has gone...

Gov. Phil Scott discusses his past at UVM and his path to the Vermont Statehouse in 2017.

Out-of-state students continue to get vaccinated despite ineligibility and confusion

Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter April 1, 2021

Some — but not all — of UVM’s nearly 8,000 out-of-state students could get a vaccine in Vermont, but only if they intend to stay for the entire summer, according to Governor Phil Scott. Despite...

Presidential candidates Aidan Fleming and Ian Lynch and VP candidate Olivija Stephens talk about their plans if elected during the SGA debate March 31.

SGA candidates for president and VP face off in debates before election

Angelika Hillios, Cynic News Contributor April 1, 2021

One ambitious first-year, one write-in candidate and one uncontested VP candidate faced off Monday and Wednesday night at the Student Government Association’s president and VP election debates.  First-year...

Wanda Heading-Grant, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, sits in her office in the Waterman building.

Longtime diversity advocate departs UVM for historic new role at Carnegie Mellon

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 31, 2021

Wanda Heading-Grant, UVM’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, plans to take her talents to a new institution after 37 years of fond memories with UVM. Heading-Grant began her relationship...

UVM students stand in the testing line March 29 to comply with UVM's mandatory twice a week testing requirement.

COVID cases remain high despite continued twice-weekly testing

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 30, 2021

COVID-19 cases remain high with 80 positive cases identified in the last week, despite continued twice-weekly testing.  UVM’s COVID-19 dashboard was updated Monday, showing of the nearly 20,000 tests...

The religion department building was built in 1891 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

‘What it means to be human:’ religion department defends value to the community following CAS cuts

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 29, 2021

Despite thousands worldwide expressing their anger, UVM has announced its intention to cut one of its core liberal arts departments: religion. During finals week of fall 2021, the UVM community received...

Akes' Place sits on Church street March 25.

Gov. Scott reopens bars despite concern from Burlington and UVM officials

Angelika Hillios, Cynic News Contributor March 29, 2021

Last week, Vermont officials reopened bars state-wide despite growing concerns from the Burlington and UVM community following a week of record high off-campus COVID-19 cases.  As of Wednesday March...

A testing vial sits in a makeshift distribution pipe at UVM's COVID-19 testing site.

COVID-19 at UVM: Off-campus cases rise sharply, UK variant detected

Ella Ruehsen , Assistant News Editor March 23, 2021

UVM reported nearly 100 new COVID-19 cases in the last week, nearly 70 of which were off-campus, marking an all-time high in UVM’s weekly case-count since the start of the pandemic.  Additionally,...

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