The Vermont Cynic

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...

UVM unveils new breastfeeding spaces

Mamava employee Erica Hutchins holds her 1-year-old son at the lactation station reveal, Feb. 4. Mamava is a women-owned company with all products made within the U.S.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

February 11, 2020

A year after nursing mothers told UVM Staff Council they were having difficulties finding clean places to pump breast milk, the University has added two new lactation stations. UVM unveiled two new Mamava lactation pods, Feb. 4 in Discovery Hall and Patrick Gym. Mamava is a company with UVM roots, as...

This woman’s research saves lives: meet the director of UVM’s Center on Rural Addiction

Stacey Sigmon holds a “medi wheel” device in her clinic in the Vermont Center for Behavior and Health, Feb. 3. The new UVM Center on Rural Addiction is dedicated to addressing the opioid issue within rural communities through developed research.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

February 11, 2020

At Christmas this past December, Dr. Stacey Sigmon and her brother sat down together in their hometown of Faith, North Carolina, and made a list. Together, the two came up with at least 30 people they knew personally who died from either a heroin or prescription opioid overdose. Sigmon is a clinical...

UVM men’s hockey coach to retire at end of season

After 17 years at UVM, men’s hockey coach Kevin Sneddon announced he would be retiring after this season.

Aryanna Ramsaran and Hayley Rosen

February 10, 2020

UVM athletics announced that men’s hockey head coach Kevin Sneddon is retiring after this season. Sneddon announced he will not be returning for the 2020-21 season Feb. 4 at a media press conference. “The decision to retire from college hockey coaching and announce this now has been a difficult one, b...

Student petition calls on UVM admin to give leave day back to employees who called out during snowstorm

A UVM Physical Plant employee plows snow with a pickup truck as students navigate around him, Feb. 8. UVM’s snow removal equipment is housed under the old bleachers at Centennial Field.

Cynic News Staff

February 10, 2020

A UVM student is calling on the administration to give faculty and staff  who took a personal or sick day due to a snowstorm that day back. On Feb. 7 the Cynic broke the news that UVM would remain open despite “difficult driving conditions,” according to a Feb. 6 email sent to UVM deans, directors an...

UPDATE: State’s Attorney’s Office declines to prosecute five first-years charged with arson

Paper decorations and a notice of room inspections show the lingering marks of fire. Five first-years were charged with arson after setting paper decorations on several doors on fire, according to UVM Police Services.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

February 10, 2020

UPDATE: One day after UVM Police announced it had cited five UVM first-year students into court for arson, the Chittenden County State's Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute the students. Interim UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau said the state's attorney handed the case back to UVM to handle...

UVM Foundation kicks off “Epic Event Challenge”

UVM Foundation kicks off

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

February 7, 2020

A project aimed to connect current UVM students and alumni that has been 15 years in the making is kicking off this February.  The UVM Alumni Association is accepting submissions for its UVM Epic Event Challenge throughout the month.  “I think its a bridge. I think that what we’ve wanted,...

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...

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...

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