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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 COVID-19 pandemic, while warning of how quickly low positivity rates can change if the state becomes...

Students and professors speak out about environmental racism in BTV panel

Panelists from the Burlington and UVM community discuss environmental racism at a Battery Park event Sept. 21.

Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter

October 1, 2020

As the afternoon sun beamed down on the tents for the 29th day of the Black Lives Matter encampment in Battery Park, organizers set up chairs to talk about environmental racism. Organized by student activist groups The Black Perspective and Organize UVM, the Sept. 21  event attracted a group of roughly 75...

In win for protesters, one Burlington Police officer agrees to resign

Protesters march down Church Street Sept. 4 holding signs with the names of three police officers involved in use of force incidents.

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor

September 25, 2020

One police officer involved in a controversial use of force incident will leave his post at Burlington Police Department after 29 days of relentless protest by activists demanding his firing outside Battery Park.  Sergeant Jason Bellavance, who was involved in a Sept. 2018 use of force incident, ...

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...

Two weeks, three officers, zero action.

Two weeks, three officers, zero action.

Emma Pinezich, News Editor

September 8, 2020

For 13 consecutive days, UVM students have blocked roads, marched down streets and disrupted downtown Burlington as part of a multi-day non-stop protest calling for the firing of three Burlington Police officers. As the protests continue and stretch into the third week, UVM students have rout...

UVM alum slated to be first woman of color in Vermont State Senate

Kesha Ram, pictured in Randolph, VT, won her democratic primary Aug. 11 and will face other candidates in the general election this November.

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

September 8, 2020

As the first person of color from Burlington in the state legislature and at one time the youngest legislator in the country, Kesha Ram has never been afraid of ambition.  The UVM and Harvard alum is set to be the first woman of color in the Vermont State Senate and has broken numerous barriers ...

BREAKING: At least one UVM student has been suspended after breaking COVID policies, says mayor

Mayor Miro Weinberger (left) and Brian Lowe, Burlington’s Chief Innovation Officer (right), discuss UVM's disciplinary policies for breaking COVID-19 rules during a Sept. 2 press briefing over Zoom.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

September 2, 2020

At least one UVM student has been removed from campus for violating state and city COVID-19 policies, the city of Burlington announced in a press briefing today.  At 2 p.m. Sept. 2 Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Brian Lowe, Burlington’s Chief Innovation Officer announced that all Burlington ...

UVM pushes ahead with plans to reopen as Burlington officials, residents and students decry plan

UVM's President Suresh Garimella wears his mask while he waits for the press conference to begin, Aug. 18.

Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich

August 18, 2020

Despite outcry and concerns expressed by Burlington officials, students, and community members, UVM will continue with its reopening plan. At a press conference on Aug. 18, UVM President Suresh Garimella praised the school's reopening plan describing it as one of the most "rigorous and comprehensive plan...

Community protests UVM’s reopening plan, criticizes off-campus parties and lack of clarity from admin

Burlington City Councilor Zoraya Hightower speaks  outside Waterman Building at a protest against UVM's reopening plan Friday, Aug. 14.

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

August 15, 2020

On the same day that some UVM students returned to campus in preparation for the fall semester, roughly 30 people stood outside UVM’s Waterman building to protest the school’s plans to reopen. Organized by UVM staff, alumni, students and Burlington City Councilors, many speakers expressed disma...

UVM Athletics confirms multiple positive COVID-19 tests and at least one active case

Anthony Lamb making a basket

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

August 4, 2020

Two unidentified members of UVM Athletics have tested positive for COVID-19 and one case remains active, according to an Aug. 4 UVM Athletics press release. Although UVM Athletics did not provide further detail on who has tested positive, only two teams can currently practice— Men's and Women's...

Hundreds protest police brutality in Burlington as part of nation-wide outcry

Protest organizer Harmony Edosomwan stands on top of a blue pick-up truck speaking to the crowd with a megaphone at the May 30 protest.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2020

As cities across the nation protest racial injustice, hundreds gathered in Burlington to speak out against the city’s Police Department and its treatment of black people. The protesters gathered at 6 p.m. May 30 in Battery Park to support the Black Lives Matter movement in wake of the murder of Ge...

UVM junior dies unexpectedly

UVM junior dies unexpectedly

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

May 18, 2020

UVM junior Sarah “Sas” Starion has died unexpectedly in her Burlington apartment May 14, according to an email to the UVM community.  Starion was a junior studying Food Systems in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Starion was an active member of the Sustainability Learning Community,...

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