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From the news desk: a look back at our top stories from 2019

From the news desk: a look back at our top stories from 2019

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

January 2, 2020

The Vermont Cynic News team is often on the ground running. Our reporters are out gathering information, crafting stories, developing sources and editing content. There isn't always a moment to reflect on the work we've done, but as 2019 comes to a close and we welcome 2020, this seems like the perfect...

UVM Police Chief returns from unexplained leave in new position

UVM Police Chief returns from unexplained leave in new position

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

December 18, 2019

Former UVM Police Chief Lianne Tuomey has been back on campus for over a month, but in a new role, following an unexplained four-month leave.  Tuomey took a voluntary leave of absence on July 11 from the force. She has now retired from her position as police chief to take on a new role as a senior a...

Sexual assault awareness group seeks new members

Sexual assault awareness group seeks new members

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

December 17, 2019

A group of men dedicated to raising awareness around sexual assault was de-recognized by SGA and struggles to fill its ranks on campus. One in Four is a men’s group that supports sexual assault awareness and teaching prevention strategies, particularly to other men. The group began on campus in 2012 foll...

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

December 10, 2019

SGA is working to assess the role of blue lights on UVM’s campus and determine if they should be removed and be replaced with an app.  But not all UVM students approve the idea, and UVM Emergency Management has yet to fully commit to the project. Blue lights are a series of alarm or panic s...

Plastic water bottle ban remains sore spot

Plastic water bottle ban remains sore spot

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

December 6, 2019

Despite six years passing since UVM banned the sale of bottled water, the ban’s origin and impact remains controversial. The ban, intended as an act of investment into local water, may have caused students to drink more sugary beverages and buy more plastic, single-use containers, according to the UV...

A campus divided: students split over free trip to Israel and Palestinian territories

A campus divided: students split over free trip to Israel and Palestinian territories

Emma Pinezich and Sawyer Loftus

December 5, 2019

One year ago, UVM Hillel, a Jewish student group, was offered funds for a trip to Israel and Palestine territories.  The source of that funding came under fire from student activists supportive of Palestine and remains criticized a year later.   

SGA explores adding a third branch of student government

SGA explores adding a third branch of student government

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

December 4, 2019

SGA’s Constitution Committee will explore how to add an additional judicial branch to handle internal SGA conflicts.  Senior Zach Merson, speaker of the senate and chair of the Constitution Committee, brought the idea of the addition to the entire SGA Nov. 19. Merson said currently there are on...

SGA senator selected to represent students and Burlington residents

SGA senator selected to represent students and Burlington residents

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

December 4, 2019

An SGA senator will now represent both UVM students and other Burlingtontonians as a member of the Ward 8 Steering Committee.  Sophomore Hannah King, senator on the Committee on Legislative and Community Affairs, was the second elected member from Ward 8. “Each ward has their own Neighborhood ...

Environmentalist Bill McKibben tells UVM to divest

Environmentalist Bill McKibben tells UVM to divest

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

December 3, 2019

One of the most famous American environmentalists urged UVM to divest from fossil fuels during a talk to hundreds at UVM about the climate crisis.  Over 200 students and members of the community gathered at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Davis Center to hear author and environmentalist Bill McKibben dis...

Fact check: is UVM cutting classes?

Fact check: is UVM cutting classes?

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

December 3, 2019

Posted on a cluttered Davis Center board, a poster with the image of a hand maneuvering a puppet has a message in white text with a red background strewn across its top. “Don’t be their puppet,” lays across the top, written in all capital letters , waiting for wandering student eyes. This poster and ...

UVM President unveils plan to freeze tuition

UVM President unveils plan to freeze tuition

Sawyer Loftus, News & Sports Editor

November 18, 2019

UVM President Suresh Garimella said he plans to push the board of trustees to approve a tuition freeze for the 2020-21 school year.  This would be the first move of its kind in 40 years of UVM history, Garimella said at a Nov. 14 press conference.  The freeze would leave UVM’s tuition sticker price as it is right now. Costs would rema...

What we know about the fire in Discovery Hall

What we know about the fire in Discovery Hall

Cynic News Staff

November 18, 2019

A chemical fire in one of UVM’s newest STEM buildings left a student injured and a portion of Central campus at a standstill, Nov. 15.  A “flash fire” erupted inside a chemical fume hood in a Discovery Hall lab just before 10 a.m. A team of graduate student researchers were working with chemi...

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