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ResLife dismisses RAs’ plea for hazard pay and more COVID-19 protection

ResLife dismisses RAs' plea for hazard pay and more COVID-19 protection

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

September 18, 2020

Frustrated with the lack of protection and guidelines for COVID-19 situations, a group of anonymous RAs sent a list of demands to the director of ResLife.   Three days later, they received a response that was “vague and frustrating,” according to one RA, that made no commitments to change any ResLife ru...

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 Faculty and Academic Affairs working group unanimously endorsed a proposed resolution for the Sprin...

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 Garimella announced the extension in a Sept. 16 email, weekly testing was slated to end Friday, Sept. 18...

COVID-19 at UVM: Despite new cases among students, overall positivity rate remains low

In the second week of the semester, students trickle into the Davis Center for their mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.

Staff Report

September 17, 2020

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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 joined Governor Phil Scott’s biweekly press briefing remotely for 30 minutes Tuesday to s...

‘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 UVM’s Green and Gold Promise which mandates 6-foot social distancing and caps outdoor gathe...

In first meeting of the year, SGA considers BLM demands for police reform

SGA council members socially distance in their first in person meeting of the year, Sept. 8.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

September 15, 2020

In the Student Government Association’s first meeting of the semester, several members pressed leadership on what the group is doing to address demands for racial justice reform from the campus community.  The group met on the fourth floor of the Davis Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 for their first soc...

Protesters remain committed to demands despite inaction from City

Protesters gather around the amphitheater at Battery Park Sept. 11 in the 18th consecutive night of protest.

Meredith Rathburn, Cynic News Reporter

September 15, 2020

As community members marched in black attire down Battery Street on their fifteenth consecutive day of protest last week, the mayor of Burlington spoke at an emergency meeting, unable to take action on protesters’ demands. At 6 p.m. Sept. 8, Mayor Miro Weinberger, City Attorney Eileen Blackwood,...

UVM alum chosen to serve as first VT woman of color in electoral college

Kesha Ram speaks at the Women in Leadership Summit in 2017. Ram is set to be the first woman of color in the Vt. State Senate and will vote in the electoral college this November.

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

September 15, 2020

The UVM alum set to be the first woman of color in the Vermont State Senate will also serve as one of three Vermont electors for the 2020 presidential election. Kesha Ram, a democratic congressional candidate from Chittenden County, is slated to be the first woman of color in the Vermont State Senate...

“I see it as an environment for student change:” UVM’s new SGA president talks about her role and goals for the year

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

September 10, 2020

After a rollercoaster of an SGA presidential election this past March, Iraqi-American and first generation college student Lana Al-Namee has started her tenure as president of the organization.  As Al-Namee has taken her seat at the head of SGA, she entered into a school year marked by a global ...

Despite promise of daily test results, UVM, city and state cannot produce numbers

In the second week of the semester, students trickle into the Davis Center for their mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

September 9, 2020

The University of Vermont will not release comprehensive data each day about the deadly virus’ spread throughout the UVM community, despite claims that they are committed to a 24-hour test result turn around. And contrary to reassurance that the University is delivering on this front, neither t...

Students stage die-in on Waterman Green in protest of UVM admin

Students march from the Davis Center to Waterman Green Sept. 3, carrying a large black coffin and wielding tombstone-shaped signs representing the death of Black Americans and potential death of UVM's reopening plan.

Anna Morrill, Cynic News Reporter

September 8, 2020

As students shuffled between classes on UVM’s Central Campus Sept. 3, a line of students dressed in black, carrying tombstones and a coffin began their somber march to the site of their “death.”  Late Thursday, the students along with other members of the UVM community including professors and...

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