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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,...

On a quiet campus, UVM Police take on new roles

UVM Police cars sit outside the department's headquarters May 2, nearly two months after most students have vacated campus.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

May 15, 2020

UVM Police received only a third of their average number of calls this April compared with the previous five years.  Typically UVM Police receive about 300 calls in April. In April 2020, UVM Police received only 100.  With a near-empty campus and fraction of their typical call volume, policing change...

Faculty, staff and students protest looming budget cuts imposed by UVM leadership

Protestors gather in the Waterman Parking lot May 14. Waterman is home to the offices of UVM executives including President Suresh Garimella.

Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich

May 14, 2020

A nearly empty UVM campus erupted with the blasting of car horns as protestors drove their cars around campus, showing solidarity against imposed budget cuts. The rally held May 14 was led by UVM United Against Cuts, a coalition of UVM students, faculty and community members who stand in solidarity...

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

April 27, 2020

A meeting that was supposed to include discussion about campus input on divestment resulted in the members scarcely touching the topic, before moving on to the next step in their agenda. The second meeting of the UVM board of trustees’ sustainability workgroup included a half an hour slot for the...

UVM professor and ER doctor removed from class following arrest

Assistant Professor Eike Blohm was charged with possession and production of child pornography May 22, a month after he was arrested for voyeurism.

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter

April 26, 2020

A UVM professor and doctor at UVM Medical Center who was arrested for voyeurism will not continue to teach for the rest of the semester.  However, the question still looms of what will happen to the course he is slated to teach in the fall. Eike Blohm, assistant professor and emergency medicine p...

UVM appoints new police chief following job search

Tim Bilodeau was named the chief of UVM Police in March 2020. Previously, Bilodeau served as Deputy Chief before stepping into the role of interim Chief following Lianne Tuomey's retirement.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

April 23, 2020

Despite there being no formal announcement to the campus community on who was appointed as the new police chief, UVM recently removed their public job listings for the position.  Tim Bilodeau was officially selected as UVM’s new police chief March 6 after several months of searching. Since ...

Student pushes UVM for a more substantial refund for all UVM students

Sophomore Finlay Buchanan-Jacobs created a petition demanding partial student reimbursement for housing and tuition. As of April 21, the petition has more than 7,800 signatures.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

April 21, 2020

When UVM first transitioned to online classes in mid-March due to COVID-19, administrators were met with backlash from students for not providing housing and tuition reimbursement. This was due to a policy stated in the student housing contract. Demands for reimbursement continue to rise, persisting...

UVM asks Vermont for millions in relief due to COVID-19 stresses

UVM President shakes former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas' hand outside of Ira Allen Chapel following his installation ceremony.

Irene Choi and Sawyer Loftus

April 16, 2020

UVM has called on the state of Vermont to give the University $25 million in additional funds to confront “serious challenges” facing the University due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UVM President Suresh Garimella stated in an April 15 letter to Gov. Phil Scott that the University has faced millions...

UVM community innovates to save lives in fight against COVID-19

From emergency ventilators to personal protective equipment, members of the UVM community have stepped up to aid in the fight against COVID-19. Left, a portion of an emergency ventilator is made (Photo by Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist). Right, Than Moore stand in front of the UVMMC Emergency Room (Photo by Taran Catania SI-MBA'20).

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

April 16, 2020

Despite bleak circumstances, many UVM community members have stepped up to face the COVID-19 crisis head-on. From creating life-saving devices for coronavirus patients to protecting medical professionals in the workplace and helping students with mental health struggles, the UVM community is working...

Your latest COVID-19 updates

Your latest COVID-19 updates

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

April 7, 2020

Graduation ceremony uncertain, new grading options and a makeover for the Patrick Gym.

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