The Vermont Cynic

Student demand for CAPS services rises

Jacob’s House on Main Street is one location that offers counseling hours for students. The locations that offer drop-in hours during the school year are the Prism Center and the Davis Center.

Irene Choi, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

An increase in student demand for mental health services has led to the creation of two new drop-in programs, Let’sTalk and THRIVE, from UVM’s Counseling and Psychiatry Services. At UVM, there has been a 5.6% average increase in student enrollment, but a 29.6% average increase in demand for ment...

McAuley Hall’s “hazardous” material removal delayed

McAuley Hall basks in the sunshine on Trinity campus, Nov. 1. Asbestos, one of the hazardous materials used in the construction of the building, was outlawed in the ‘70s because it causes cancer.

Lilly Page, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

Renovations planned for McAuley Hall that would remove hazardous materials and other problems has been pushed back another year.  Students living in the hall right now are frustrated that the building contains hazardous materials, but a University official said there is no need to worry.  The 15-...

Board of trustees lacks female representation despite majority female student population

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.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2019

Nineteen of the 25 individuals that sit on UVM’s board of trustees are men at a university where women make up the majority. UVM’s board of trustees met Oct. 24-25 in the Davis Center for its third and final meeting of 2019. Less than 25% of the members that met were women. The student body ...

Developing: UVM President hires communications officer to improve messaging

President Suresh Garimella delivers an opening statement at his public Q&A February, 14 2019. He will took on the position of president July 1.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

November 2, 2019

President Suresh Garimella has created a new communications position within his administration to improve UVM’s profile and to oversee all communication efforts at the University. Garimella announced Nicci Brown’s appointment to the newly created position of chief communications officer in a Nov....

UVM commissions new replica of seal to replace one commissioned by eugenicist

 President Suresh Garimella speaks at convocation, Aug. 25. The University seal hangs on the podium and is projected on the curtain behind him.

Lilly Young, Cynic News Reporter

October 31, 2019

A new replica of UVM’s seal is set to replace the current one that was commissioned nearly 100 years ago by a leading Vermont eugenicist. Gary Derr, vice president of executive operations, is in the process of creating a new seal. It will replace the seal commissioned by Vermont eugenicist Henry...

Muslim Student Association secures funding to bring rapper, poet, activist to UVM

Sophomore Lena Ginawi, the president of the Muslim Student Association, helped secure funding to bring activist Mona Haydar to campus.

Lilly Page, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

The Muslim Student Association successfully secured more than $3,000 to fund an event with a Muslim American poet and activist, at the Oct. 22 SGA meeting. The activist, Mona Haydar, will be at Fleming Museum Nov. 4 to discuss her work and how she ties art and activism together. In the SGA meeting,...

UVM Police Services loses only female sergeant

A UVM police car sits in the Davis Center circle, Oct. 25. Police chief Leanne Tuomey has been on paid leave since July 11.

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

UVM Police Services is now looking to fill a supervisory position after one of their sergeants left for a position in a federal agency. UVM police posted the position on UVM’s job website Oct. 23 and have had a separate job posting up since 2014 for regular patrol officer positions. Former UVM...

Four takeaways from October 2019’s board of trustees meeting

Trustees gather for their Oct. 26, 2019 meeting. The board met virtually for their last meeting of the school year May 15.

Staff Report

October 29, 2019

The group that governs UVM met Oct. 25-26 on the University’s campus to discuss and vote on UVM’s future. The group, the board of trustees, meets three times per academic year in October, February and May. This will be President Suresh Garimella’s first board meeting. Here are four takeaways...

UVM moves to invest millions more in sustainability projects

 Richard Cate, University treasurer and vice president for finance, sits among over 50 student protesters at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26. Despite the protest, the board made no indication that UVM would divest from fossil fuels.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 29, 2019

UVM’s vice president of finance has agreed to double the amount of cash UVM has invested in environmentally friendly bonds at the SGA president’s request. Richard Cate, UVM treasurer and vice president of finance, will increase UVM’s investments in green bonds from $10 million to $20 million. Cate...

Students urge board of trustees to divest with little movement from the board

Students protest silently during a board of trustees meeting in Livak Ballroom, Oct. 26. The meeting was one of several that took place over the course of Oct. 25-26.

Zoe Stern and Julianne Lesch

October 28, 2019

More than 50 students filled the last session of the board of trustees to make their voices heard. The students occupied all the seats in Livak Ballroom, leaving standing room only. They lined the walls of the room with signs. One student’s sign read, “We are all accountable.” Students...

Board of trustees chair skips out on last meeting

David Daigle meets with the Board of Trustees, Oct. 25. The Board meets in person three times a year.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 28, 2019

The most powerful individual on the board of trustees was absent from Saturday’s public comment meeting.  The comment meeting was the students’ only opportunity to voice their opinions to the board.  The board of trustees met at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 27 in Livak Ballroom for the last time before Jan. 30, 2020...

Student protestors fill last session of board of trustees to push divestment

Students protest silently during a board of trustees meeting in Livak Ballroom, Oct. 26. The meeting was one of several that took place over the course of Oct. 25-26.

Zoe Stern and Julianne Lesch

October 26, 2019

Student protestors filled the seats in the Livak Ballroom, leaving standing room only Oct. 26, at the last session of the UVM board of trustees’ annual October meeting. Student group Organize, a group focused on pushing UVM to divest from fossil fuels used the period of public comment Oct. 26 to...

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