The Vermont Cynic

VT considers new tobacco restrictions

The ban on flavored tobacco products will go to vote in either late April or mid-May. UVM offers resources to students trying to quit nicotine products, with information available at Living Well.

Maryann Makosiej, Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2020

A controversial push to ban all flavored tobacco products in Vermont has been met with mixed reactions from students, health professionals and tobacco shops alike. The bill, introduced Jan. 14, proposes to ban the sale or possession of flavored cigarettes, flavored electronic cigarettes and flavored substan...

What’s that water tower?

The watertower on Redstone campus sits on land owned by the city of Burlington, Feb. 22. The tower doubles as an AT&T cell tower.

Emma Burnham, Cynic News Reporter

March 5, 2020

Looking across UVM’s Redstone campus, the horizon is obstructed by an elevated water tower with metal rods that extend above the top of the tower. What are they for? The water tower is accompanied by a cylindrical, brick building and an assortment of cables that extend from the top of the tower t...

Program encourages staff to ditch their cars

 A UVM employee parking pass hangs from the rearview mirror of a car in Jeffords parking lot. Parking permits are assigned according to the workplace of the employee.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

March 4, 2020

A program aimed to decrease the use of cars has drawn over 30 UVM faculty and staff to turn in their parking passes this year. During the 6-month program, that starts in September and goes through May, participants take the bus, carpool, bike or walk instead of driving. “The University realized they didn...

Sounds from the polling places: what Ward 8 voters had to say

Seen here is the ward 8 polling place at the Fletcher Free Library.

Staff Report

March 3, 2020

Voters throughout the city of Burlington took to the polls March 3 to make their voices heard. In Ward 8, Democrat incumbent Adam Roof faced off against Jane Stromberg in the race for city council. Here are what the voters had to say on the ground at the Ward 8 polling place, the Fletcher Free Li...

UVM upgrades campus clock

UVM upgrades campus clock

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

March 3, 2020

Since April 2019, all four faces of the Ira Allen Clock Tower displayed incorrect times. After a renovation of the clock mechanics, almost a year later, the clock now displays the correct time on every side. Though the project to renovate the Ira Allen Clock Tower began in October, the internal mechan...

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...

Environmental lobbying group sets up chapter on campus

(Left to Right) Sophomore Talia Crowley and junior Lily Seward sit during an interview, Feb. 18. Crowley and Seward are co-presidents of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group club.

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

February 25, 2020

With the help of SGA, a statewide environmental lobbying group has established a branch on UVM’s campus.  Vermont Public Interest Research Group, a self-described environmental advocacy group, will set up camp on UVM’s campus as an SGA recognized club, following its approval at SGA’s Feb. 11 m...

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...

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