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Students pack up their dorm belongings outside Harris-Millis Hall March 18.

Harsh COVID sanctions exacerbate confusion and anxiety among students

Will Guisbond, Cynic Staff Writer April 6, 2021

Following two semesters of strict COVID-19 rules and shifting punishments for policy violations, fear and isolation have left some students feeling anxious, tired and confused.  After sharp increases...

The UVM testing hours have been updated starting the week of April 5 to accommodate the twice-a-week testing.

Campus reopens for tours as COVID cases continue to rise

Ella Ruehsen, Assistant News Editor April 6, 2021

Despite nearly 100 students testing positive for COVID-19 this past week, UVM announced it has restarted in-person admissions tours again for prospective students and their families. UVM reported 54...

Sophomore Miles Mccallum stands in front of Harris-Millis Hall where he works as an RA.

Caught between students and admin, RAs voice frustration and guilt about conduct enforcement

Irene Choi and Nicole Hardy April 6, 2021

Editor’s note: Some RAs interviewed for this piece have had their names changed to first name pseudonyms due to fears that UVM would take action against them for speaking out.  Jamie, an RA living...

UVM Senior Emma Einhorn watches Professor Aaron Kindsvatter's first video titled “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont,

Professor who spoke out about white discrimination has history of fraught relationship with admin and students

Kate Vanni, Assistant Managing Editor April 5, 2021

As UVM professor Aaron Kindsvatter continues to post videos to his YouTube and make appearances on conservative radio and tv shows, his message — against what he perceives as anti-whiteness — has gone...

Wanda Heading-Grant, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, sits in her office in the Waterman building.

Longtime diversity advocate departs UVM for historic new role at Carnegie Mellon

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 31, 2021

Wanda Heading-Grant, UVM’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, plans to take her talents to a new institution after 37 years of fond memories with UVM. Heading-Grant began her relationship...

UVM students stand in the testing line March 29 to comply with UVM's mandatory twice a week testing requirement.

COVID cases remain high despite continued twice-weekly testing

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 30, 2021

COVID-19 cases remain high with 80 positive cases identified in the last week, despite continued twice-weekly testing.  UVM’s COVID-19 dashboard was updated Monday, showing of the nearly 20,000 tests...

The religion department building was built in 1891 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

‘What it means to be human:’ religion department defends value to the community following CAS cuts

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 29, 2021

Despite thousands worldwide expressing their anger, UVM has announced its intention to cut one of its core liberal arts departments: religion. During finals week of fall 2021, the UVM community received...

A testing vial sits in a makeshift distribution pipe at UVM's COVID-19 testing site.

COVID-19 at UVM: Off-campus cases rise sharply, UK variant detected

Ella Ruehsen , Assistant News Editor March 23, 2021

UVM reported nearly 100 new COVID-19 cases in the last week, nearly 70 of which were off-campus, marking an all-time high in UVM’s weekly case-count since the start of the pandemic.  Additionally,...

SGA met for their March 10 meeting at 7:00 p.m. over Microsoft Teams.

SGA lowers barriers for students to run in upcoming elections

Sierra Byrne, Cynic News Reporter March 17, 2021

UVM’s Student Government Association lowered the signatures required for students to run for SGA president and VP and removed them altogether for senators after lengthy discussion last week.   Following...

'No, not a chance,': Professor says he won't resign despite thousands calling for action following 'racist' videos

‘No, not a chance,’: Professor says he won’t resign despite thousands calling for action following ‘racist’ videos

Kate Vanni, Assistant Managing Editor March 16, 2021

Following mounting calls for his resignation, a UVM professor that posted a video on the internet decrying supposed white discrimination on campus a week ago says, he’s not leaving. The new video...

UVM Professor Aaron Kindsvatter records himself inside his home for his first video titled “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont.”

Students call for professor to resign over his video claiming white discrimination

Kate Vanni, Assistant Managing Editor March 15, 2021

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 3:05 p.m. March 16. UPDATE: March 16 In a third video Kindsvatter responded to the call for his resignation, “No, nope, not a chance, never gonna happen,...

The monitor in Billings-Ira Allen lecture hall displays a UVM screen saver Feb. 24. The empty lecture hall is where Associate professor and Directory of Graduate Studies Jacques Bailly teaches his in-person classes this semester.

An academic ‘persecution:’ The death of classics at UVM

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 15, 2021

When UVM was founded in 1791, the study of classics was a cornerstone of every student's academic experience.  Now,  200 years later, UVM plans to terminate the department, saying goodbye to one of...

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