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

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

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...

From the news desk: a look back at our top stories from 2019

From the news desk: a look back at our top stories from 2019

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

January 2, 2020

The Vermont Cynic News team is often on the ground running. Our reporters are out gathering information, crafting stories, developing sources and editing content. There isn't always a moment to reflect on the work we've done, but as 2019 comes to a close and we welcome 2020, this seems like the perfect...

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

December 10, 2019

SGA is working to assess the role of blue lights on UVM’s campus and determine if they should be removed and be replaced with an app.  But not all UVM students approve the idea, and UVM Emergency Management has yet to fully commit to the project. Blue lights are a series of alarm or panic s...

Stranger attempts to sleep in student’s bed in Millis

Stranger attempts to sleep in student’s bed in Millis

Maryann Makoslej, Cynic News Reporter

November 19, 2019

An unidentified man attempted to sleep in a bed already occupied with a resident at Millis Hall Nov. 3, according to UVM Police Services. The man was believed to have been intoxicated, disoriented and possibly a resident of the building, said Acting UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau. UVM police have not ...

Scammers target UVM students again

Scammers target UVM students again

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

November 14, 2019

UVM Police Services struggles to combat increasing phone and email scams that target students, despite admitting they don’t have the answers. The UVM community received an email from UVM Police Nov. 6 warning about ongoing phone and email scams that pretend to be UVM Police or Burlington Police ask...

No charges for Burlington police officer in use of force case

No charges for Burlington police officer in use of force case

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

November 11, 2019

A Burlington police officer will not face charges after he punched a man in the head, resulting in the man’s death, ruled the Vermont Attorney General. Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced Nov. 8 that Burlington police officer Cory Campbell would not be held responsible for the death of...

UVM Police Services loses only female sergeant

UVM Police Services loses only female sergeant

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...

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

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

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.

Students plan to push divestment once again at UVM

Students plan to push divestment once again at UVM

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 8, 2019

A student group is again pushing for UVM to divest from fossil fuels and plans to submit a proposal to the board of trustees this month. The board of trustees, who has control over UVM’s endowment, has previously not supported divestment. Organize, a newly formed environmental club, hopes their proposal will...

BREAKING: Student protestors rally against preacher on campus

BREAKING: Student protestors rally against preacher on campus

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

A group of 150-200 students gathered to protest against a preacher that was yelling anti-gay messages and quoting biblical verses on the middle of UVM's Central campus. He preached for about an hour and gathered a small crowd. As he entered the second hour, a group of counter-protesters gathered around...

Student emails hit with scams once again

Student emails hit with scams once again

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

UVM students were once again targeted by email scams that aimed to steal their money, according to UVM Police Services. UVM students received an email alert from UVM Police Services Sept. 6, warning them of fake emails that offered them employment assisting a doctor in supporting students with disabilities...

Help wanted: UVM Police remain understaffed despite-five year search

Help wanted: UVM Police remain understaffed despite-five year search

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

September 16, 2019

With their contract expired, UVM Police Services is using the opportunity to negotiate a new contract with the University to help recruit and retain officers. But, as UVM Police Services remains understaffed, some on campus remain alarmed over the department’s ability to keep UVM safe. UVM Police...

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