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UPDATE: UVM to shut down campus at 1:30 due to hazardous conditions

Pictured here is the snow sleet risk for Vermont from the National Weather Service from Feb. 7 through Feb. 8.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

February 7, 2020

Update: UVM President Suresh Garimella has declared a "state of campus emergency" due to hazardous weather. All classes starting at 1:10 p.m. and later are cancelled. All academic and administrative offices will close at 1:30 p.m. Earlier story below: UVM employees and faculty are still required to...

Three takeaways from last week’s BOT meeting

Richard Cate, vice president for finance and UVM treasurer, walks to his seat during the board of trustees meeting, Jan. 31. Cate became vice president for finance and treasurer in 2013.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

February 5, 2020

Here are three takeaways from the board of trustees’ Budget, Finance and Investment Committee meeting Jan. 31. 1. A motion to freeze next academic year’s tuition rate was discussed by the committee. UVM President Suresh Garimella unveiled a plan to freeze tuition last November. Both tuition a...

Tensions grow on board of trustees over gender equity and diversity

Tensions grow on board of trustees over gender equity and diversity

Sawyer Loftus and Emma Burnham

February 4, 2020

Despite a push from the Vermont Legislature to make half of the UVM board of trustees members female or nonbinary, the board has signaled its resistance. The potential new law, which is currently being weighed in both the Vermont Statehouse and Senate, have left some on the board to call the mandat...

Following student action, trustee says he’s ready to divest

Student protesters hold hand-painted signs following the end of public comment. The group then began to sing,

Cynic News Staff

February 3, 2020

After two demonstrations by student activists over the span of three months, at least one UVM trustee has said he’s ready to divest. Students from organizations including SGA, the Sunrise Movement and Organize, a group advocating against UVM’s $27 million investment in fossil fuel companies, fille...

Students protest UVM board’s refusal to divest UVM millions from fossil fuels

Junior Lowell Deschenes brandishes a sign reading

Cynic News Staff, News Staff

January 31, 2020

At least 100 students, faculty and community members filled the final session of the February 2020 board of trustees meeting to call for UVM to divest from fossil fuels. Students from organizations including SGA, Sunrise and Organize, a group advocating against UVM's $27 million investment in fossil fuel...

BREAKING: UVM board of trustees update policy to encourage diversity among members

Pictured above are the 25 members of the board of trustees in alphabetical order by last name. The photos of the 19 men on the board are converted to grayscale, leaving only the six women – 24% of the board – in color.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

January 31, 2020

The UVM board of trustees has approved a new rule that would further prioritize diversity among future board members, according to a Jan. 31 UVM press release. In November 2019, the Vermont Cynic reported that the board of trustees lacks female representation, despite the University having a majority fema...

UVM goes full send: Ski and Snowboard Club hosts “Pipe Dreams” event

UVM goes full send: Ski and Snowboard Club hosts

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

January 31, 2020

UVM’s Andrew Harris Common was transformed into a high flying, skiing and snowboarding arena Jan. 24 for  the Ski and Snowboard Club’s annual winter sports competition. Members of the club donned their boards and skis to send it down the homemade ramps and test their skills on the rails.  ...

UVM ROTC program instills community and leadership in students

Sophomore Joey Henrikson stands in the parking lot of the Army ROTC building, Jan. 16. Army ROTC has scholarships available for both college-bound highschool students and currently enrolled college students.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

January 30, 2020

On any given Wednesday, as students shuffle from class to class, a group of students stand out.  Clad in camouflage fatigues, these students make up UVM’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.  While balancing the classes and extra-circulars every other UVM student does, these students are also t...

UVM student takes the helm for alumna’s VT senate campaign

 Junior Skyler Nash is the campaign manager for Kesha Ram’s run for a seat on the Vermont State Senate.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

January 30, 2020

Junior Skyler Nash is not just balancing a busy school schedule; he’s also managing a campaign for a UVM alumna’s run for a seat on the Vermont State Senate. For Nash, a typical day means plenty of meetings, radio interviews and traveling around the state with Kesha Ram ‘08. Together, they ma...

SGA again requests UVM divest from fossil fuels

Junior Sophie Smith, chair of the Committee on the Environment, reads aloud a resolution urging the board of trustees to divest from fossil fuels at an SGA meeting, Jan. 21. Organize President Kieran Edraney, a senior, was also at the meeting.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

January 29, 2020

To thundering applause and a standing ovation, SGA emphasized the importance of UVM’s divestment at their Jan. 21 meeting.  During their weekly meeting, junior Sophie Smith, chair of the Committee on the Environment, introduced a resolution urging the board of trustees to divest from fossil fuels....

Student food pantry finds a home on Central Campus

 Snow melts in front of the Hills Agricultural Building, Jan. 25. The building is set to become the home of Rally Cat’s Cupboard and Closet, an on-campus food pantry and thrift store.

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

January 29, 2020

A project that was started last year to address food insecurity on campus has found a place to open.  Rally Cat’s Cupboard, a food pantry created by SGA, is designed to help food insecure undergraduate, graduate and medical students.  It will be will open Feb. 24 and is located in Hills Ag...

UVM health director quietly resigns after a year on the job

Dr. Harry Chen, Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

January 29, 2020

The executive director of UVM’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and the University’s chief public health officer has stepped down from his role.  Harry Chen, former Commissioner of Health for the state of Vermont, is “transitioning” from his role as executive director of the Center for Health and Wellb...

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