The Vermont Cynic

Proposed Spring calendar pushes back start date to Feb. 1, eliminates Spring break

Signage on the door of a UVM residence hall reminds community members of the school's COVID-19 rules, including social distancing and the buildings' new no-guest policy.

Ella Ruehsen and Emma Pinezich

September 18, 2020

Students may not have spring break and classes could start as late as Feb. 1, according to a proposed Spring calendar approved by the academic branch of UVM’s coronavirus task force. UVMStrong’s Faculty and Academic Affairs working group unanimously endorsed a proposed resolution for the Sprin...

Weekly COVID testing to continue through November, UVM President says

UVM students stand in a long line outside of the Davis center Covid testing site, Sept. 10.

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

September 17, 2020

UVM will continue mandatory COVID-19 testing for students through the beginning of November, the University announced just days before student testing was set to expire. Before UVM President Suresh Garimella announced the extension in a Sept. 16 email, weekly testing was slated to end Friday, Sept. 18...

COVID-19 at UVM: Despite new cases among students, overall positivity rate remains low

In the second week of the semester, students trickle into the Davis Center for their mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.

Staff Report

September 17, 2020

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‘You can’t put reins on kids’: Hundreds gather on Redstone Green as cops watch, unsure how to act

A group of students sit together on the Redstone Green, Sept. 11. Students had gathered in large groups several days before over Labor Day weekend, drawing UVM Police to the scene.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

September 16, 2020

As the midnight moon cast down on the Redstone Green Sept. 6, two UVM police officers watched as a group of 150 students openly violated the University’s strict COVID-19 social conduct policy.  Despite UVM’s Green and Gold Promise which mandates 6-foot social distancing and caps outdoor gathe...

Protesters remain committed to demands despite inaction from City

Protesters gather around the amphitheater at Battery Park Sept. 11 in the 18th consecutive night of protest.

Meredith Rathburn, Cynic News Reporter

September 15, 2020

As community members marched in black attire down Battery Street on their fifteenth consecutive day of protest last week, the mayor of Burlington spoke at an emergency meeting, unable to take action on protesters’ demands. At 6 p.m. Sept. 8, Mayor Miro Weinberger, City Attorney Eileen Blackwood,...

Despite promise of daily test results, UVM, city and state cannot produce numbers

In the second week of the semester, students trickle into the Davis Center for their mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

September 9, 2020

The University of Vermont will not release comprehensive data each day about the deadly virus’ spread throughout the UVM community, despite claims that they are committed to a 24-hour test result turn around. And contrary to reassurance that the University is delivering on this front, neither t...

Students stage die-in on Waterman Green in protest of UVM admin

Students march from the Davis Center to Waterman Green Sept. 3, carrying a large black coffin and wielding tombstone-shaped signs representing the death of Black Americans and potential death of UVM's reopening plan.

Anna Morrill, Cynic News Reporter

September 8, 2020

As students shuffled between classes on UVM’s Central Campus Sept. 3, a line of students dressed in black, carrying tombstones and a coffin began their somber march to the site of their “death.”  Late Thursday, the students along with other members of the UVM community including professors and...

Two weeks, three officers, zero action.

Two weeks, three officers, zero action.

Emma Pinezich, News Editor

September 8, 2020

For 13 consecutive days, UVM students have blocked roads, marched down streets and disrupted downtown Burlington as part of a multi-day non-stop protest calling for the firing of three Burlington Police officers. As the protests continue and stretch into the third week, UVM students have rout...

UVM alum slated to be first woman of color in Vermont State Senate

Kesha Ram, pictured in Randolph, VT, won her democratic primary Aug. 11 and will face other candidates in the general election this November.

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

September 8, 2020

As the first person of color from Burlington in the state legislature and at one time the youngest legislator in the country, Kesha Ram has never been afraid of ambition.  The UVM and Harvard alum is set to be the first woman of color in the Vermont State Senate and has broken numerous barriers ...

From getting tested to getting coffee: A UVM students’ guide to campus this semester

From getting tested to getting coffee: A UVM students' guide to campus this semester

Anna Morrill, Cynic News Reporter

September 4, 2020

UVM students are scrambling to adapt to all the new rules and regulations put in place due to COVID-19 this fall semester.  UVM is striving to provide students with that in-person learning as well as a comfortable living experience, said Annie Stevens, the Vice Provost of Student Affairs in an email se...

Hundreds of UVM students joined Burlington protest in outcry for firing of BPD cops

Hundreds of protesters raised their right fist as organizers spoke outside Burlington City Hall Wednesday night in a call for racial justice and an end to police violence.

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor

September 3, 2020

Masses of UVM students joined community members as they marched down Church street wearing all black Wednesday night chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ in the eighth day of protest calling for police reform in Burlington. Hundreds of young Burlington community members joined the multi-day protest dur...

Patrick gym now requires reservations for students to use facilities, among other COVID-19 changes

The Gucciardi Fitness center, usually bustling with students, sits empty days before students arrive to campus.

Hayley Rosen, Cynic Sports Reporter

September 3, 2020

The University of Vermont athletic complex will be open for students this semester, but will now require reservations, in addition to social distancing and masks at all times.  Campus Recreation has updated the rules for all fitness areas on campus to comply with Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s set of ...

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