The Vermont Cynic

Happening Now: UVM board of trustees hold annual meeting and discuss changes to come

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

Cynic News Staff

October 25, 2019

The group that governs UVM is meeting all day Oct. 25-26 on the University's campus to discuss and vote on changes to come. 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 BOT meeting. Throughout...

SGA looks at tax break for FSL

SGA looks at tax break for FSL

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

October 24, 2019

The vice president of SGA and an SGA senator are exploring the possibility of returning fraternities and sororities back to property tax-exemption status in Vermont. The state bill which overturned their tax exemption status was passed in 2014 and took effect January 2017, according to the bill. Before...

10 years later, no sign of DI baseball coming back to UVM

Junior Pat Brennan throws a baseball in midair during a club baseball practice, Oct. 17. Brennan is one of the 18 members of the team, according to UVM Clubs.

Hayley Rosen, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

You could hear a pin drop after the 48 UVM Division I baseball and softball players were informed their teams were being cut in 2009. After suffering from the 2008 recession the UVM athletic department had to make $1 million in cuts. This included cutting the varsity baseball and softball teams, ea...

Student safety concerns go unaddressed

Pedestrians cross Main Street at the corner of University Heights, Oct. 19. The intersection is among the busiest in Vermont.

Maryann Makosiej and Sawyer Loftus

October 23, 2019

Here's what the city of Burlington and UVM are doing to address safety concerns at the U-Heights, Main Street intersection.

UVM Police Chief remains on leave three months later with no end in sight

UVM Police Officer Kariym Azeez walks towards the UVM Police Services building, Oct. 20. Azeez is one of 19 officers who have been operating without Chief Leanne Tuomey for the past three months.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 22, 2019

The head of UVM Police Services remains on paid leave for the third consecutive month, without any explanation of why from anyone, including the police chief herself.

UVM celebrates Vermont’s first Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Members of the Abenaki Tribe and Burlington community participate in Indigenous People’s Day celebrations, Oct. 15. Two Abenaki Chiefs, Chief Don Stevens and Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan, as well as Lt. Governor David Zuckerman and President Suresh Garimella, were present at the event.

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

Chief Don Stevens and Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan stood at an altar with sweetgrass and a pipe for the Oct. 15 healing ceremony. They had not performed a ceremony on this land for decades. The Abenaki have been in Vermont for thousands of years, but are not a federally recognized tribe. Additionally,...

Here’s why UVM’s timepiece can’t tell time

The clocktower of the Ira Allen Chapel stands in front of a background of cloudless sky, Oct. 5. The clock currently does not keep the correct time because of mechanical issues.

Irene Choi, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

It is a brisk fall afternoon at UVM. The Ira Allen clock tower stands tall against the blue sky, its bells ringing as students hurry to their next classes. The time is 3:23 p.m. The clock reads noon. Currently, all four sides of Ira Allen Chapel’s clock tower have different times displayed, none...

SGA places UVM employee in charge of how much SGA members get paid

SGA Senators indicate with a

Staff Report, Cynic News Staff

October 17, 2019

SGA passed a resolution that gives their business manager, a UVM employee, the power to change the amount executive members are paid at their weekly meeting Oct. 15. Blanka Caha, the SGA business manager, now has the power to raise or lower the amount of pay for the treasurer, president, vice president...

A look at UVM’s Boulder Society

The UVM boulder sits on its base outside Old Mill, Oct. 11. The boulder, being perfectly round, symbolises well-roundedness at the University.

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

Over a century ago, UVM students came together and decided they needed a way for the student body to directly communicate with the administration. To answer this call, the students founded the Boulder Society in 1905. More than a hundred years later, the SGA has taken over the original role of the...

Who controls your privacy? Students left in the dark over who has access to their data at UVM

Who controls your privacy? Students left in the dark over who has access to their data at UVM

Julianne Lesch and Sawyer Loftus

October 16, 2019

“Under the current configuration, even faculty using the system for legitimate purposes may inadvertently see the information that can cause adverse effects for students, including unconscious bias,” the letter stated.

Breaking: Student journalists barred from official meeting with city and University officials

Behind this door, Burlington and UVM officials met to discuss proposal for an intersection a student research group deemed unsafe. Student Journalists were barred from that meeting.

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

October 16, 2019

Two student journalists were barred from attending a meeting between Burlington public works officials, UVM officials and Student Government representatives, Wednesday, Oct. 16. The Cynic along with a student journalist in the developing Community News Service were told by UVM and DPW officials that...

SGA weighs increasing their pay and who controls it

SGA Treasurer Taylor Gauthier, a junior, speaks during an SGA meeting, Oct. 8. A resolution granting the power to increase stipends to the business manager will be voted on next week.

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

October 15, 2019

SGA is weighing the possibility of handing over the power of determining how much members get paid to a UVM employee. A proposed SGA resolution would allow their professional business manager, Blanka Caha, to increase student stipends, as opposed to retaining that power within SGA. The only stipend m...

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