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Wards 1 and 8 candidates debate one last time

Ward 8 candidates Adam Roof and Jane Stromberg and Ward 1 candidates Sharon Bushor, Zoraya Hightower and Jillian Scannell gathered in the Livak Ballroom Feb. 27 for their last debate.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

March 2, 2020

In the final days before election day, the city council candidates from Wards 1 and 8 gathered at UVM to make their voices heard to potential student voters.  On Feb. 27, Ward 1 candidates Sharon Bushor, Zoraya Hightower and SGA President Jillian Scannell, a senior, and Ward 8 candidates Adam Roof ...

“A gerrymandered student ward.” How Burlington’s Ward 8 got its shape

Left: a map of the wards the city of Burlington used from 1993 until 2015. 
Right: The new wards adopted by the city.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

February 26, 2020

Five years after the city of Burlington redrew its voting districts, a city councilor who helped make that decision said she’s left with regret. “It felt gross to be a part of it,” said Rachel Siegel, who was a city councilor for Ward 3 at the time. “It was one of the worst experiences of...

Student food pantry opens its doors to all UVM students

Student food pantry opens its doors to all UVM students

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

February 25, 2020

A low barrier, on-campus food pantry for UVM students has opened its doors after nearly two years in the making. Rally Cat’s Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry, opened Feb. 24 in the Hills Agricultural building. The project was started by former SGA President Ethan Foley, a senior, after a study...

Vandalism spikes throughout UVM’s campus

A sign welcoming students to Harris Hall, seen Feb. 13. On the right hand side of the sign a painting of a penis can be seen.

Maryann Makosiej, Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2020

On Thursday, Feb. 13 members of the Cynic staff observed more than 40 ceiling tiles missing from several dorms, trash left in halls and graffiti on the walls. Walking into Harris Hall, Cynic staff were greeted by a penis painted on a “welcome to Harris sign.” For the month of January and first hal...

Coronavirus halts student’s China study abroad trip

Sophomore Shannon Murphy works on her Chinese homework in a coffee shop, Feb. 9. Murphy was one of two students intending to study abroad in China spring 2020.

Maryann Makosiej, Assistant News Editor

February 13, 2020

Despite a flight booked and bags packed, sophomore Shannon Murphy’s study abroad trip to China was canceled due to deepening concerns about the new, 2019 coronavirus. Murphy was one of two UVM students slated to go to China. Hesitation over the decision to cancel the trips was met with anger as stu...

UVM seeks new research vice president

Richard Galbraith, UVM vice president of research, stands before a board of trustees meeting, Jan. 31. Galbraith will continue his work at the UVM Cancer Center.

Emma Burnham, Cynic News Reporter

February 12, 2020

UVM has been searching for a new vice president of research since November 2019, but only notified the UVM community about the change in leadership Feb. 5. Dr. Richard Galbraith, current vice president of research at UVM, will step down once the University finds a replacement, he said. Additionally, Galibrai...

UVM unveils new breastfeeding spaces

Mamava employee Erica Hutchins holds her 1-year-old son at the lactation station reveal, Feb. 4. Mamava is a women-owned company with all products made within the U.S.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

February 11, 2020

A year after nursing mothers told UVM Staff Council they were having difficulties finding clean places to pump breast milk, the University has added two new lactation stations. UVM unveiled two new Mamava lactation pods, Feb. 4 in Discovery Hall and Patrick Gym. Mamava is a company with UVM roots, as...

This woman’s research saves lives: meet the director of UVM’s Center on Rural Addiction

Stacey Sigmon holds a “medi wheel” device in her clinic in the Vermont Center for Behavior and Health, Feb. 3. The new UVM Center on Rural Addiction is dedicated to addressing the opioid issue within rural communities through developed research.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

February 11, 2020

At Christmas this past December, Dr. Stacey Sigmon and her brother sat down together in their hometown of Faith, North Carolina, and made a list. Together, the two came up with at least 30 people they knew personally who died from either a heroin or prescription opioid overdose. Sigmon is a clinical...

UVM men’s hockey coach to retire at end of season

After 17 years at UVM, men’s hockey coach Kevin Sneddon announced he would be retiring after this season.

Aryanna Ramsaran and Hayley Rosen

February 10, 2020

UVM athletics announced that men’s hockey head coach Kevin Sneddon is retiring after this season. Sneddon announced he will not be returning for the 2020-21 season Feb. 4 at a media press conference. “The decision to retire from college hockey coaching and announce this now has been a difficult one, b...

Student petition calls on UVM admin to give leave day back to employees who called out during snowstorm

A UVM Physical Plant employee plows snow with a pickup truck as students navigate around him, Feb. 8. UVM’s snow removal equipment is housed under the old bleachers at Centennial Field.

Cynic News Staff

February 10, 2020

A UVM student is calling on the administration to give faculty and staff  who took a personal or sick day due to a snowstorm that day back. On Feb. 7 the Cynic broke the news that UVM would remain open despite “difficult driving conditions,” according to a Feb. 6 email sent to UVM deans, directors an...

UPDATE: State’s Attorney’s Office declines to prosecute five first-years charged with arson

Paper decorations and a notice of room inspections show the lingering marks of fire. Five first-years were charged with arson after setting paper decorations on several doors on fire, according to UVM Police Services.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

February 10, 2020

UPDATE: One day after UVM Police announced it had cited five UVM first-year students into court for arson, the Chittenden County State's Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute the students. Interim UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau said the state's attorney handed the case back to UVM to handle...

UVM Foundation kicks off “Epic Event Challenge”

UVM Foundation kicks off

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

February 7, 2020

A project aimed to connect current UVM students and alumni that has been 15 years in the making is kicking off this February.  The UVM Alumni Association is accepting submissions for its UVM Epic Event Challenge throughout the month.  “I think its a bridge. I think that what we’ve wanted,...

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