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UVM announces detailed fall 2020 plan where students can choose between online learning and in person learning

Cars drive on College Street as Lake Champlain reflects the last rays of the sun, all seen from the belfry of Old Mill, Oct. 24. The journey up to the top of the building starts with a locked door, and after many steps, ends with walking up through the floor of the belfry.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 3, 2020

UVM is allowing students to choose between returning to on-campus learning and strictly at home online learning for fall 2020 by July 15. In an email sent out July 2 Patricia Prelock, UVM’s Provost, explained in detail what the return to campus will look like in fall 2020. The email describes how ...

UPDATE: After 36 days of emails gone unheard, Physical Plant and ResLife provide air conditioning

Shuvan Shrestha standing outside of University Heights North June 24.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 2, 2020

After one UVM student spent 36 days emailing Physical Plant and ResLife, UVM will be providing air conditioning for students in emergency housing. A Physical Plant employee arrived at Shuvan Shrestha's room at 8:17 p.m. to install an air conditioning unit. "For now, I'm a bit worried if the AC ...

Students sleeping outside, custodial staff throwing up: the story of UVM emergency housing without air conditioning

Shuvan Shrestha a senior standing in front of his dorm room June 24. He is the only student living in University Heights North.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 1, 2020

 After three months of living in emergency housing, the 30 students who remain on campus have begun sleeping outside to escape what one UVM employee described as “life-threatening” heat. “The Physical Plant employee who I spoke with on the phone said my condition was life-threatening because...

Students demand UVM to abolish campus police and sever ties with City police in call for racial justice

Students demand UVM to abolish campus police and sever ties with City police in call for racial justice

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2020

Backed by lawmakers, faculty members and student organizations, five UVM students demanded the administration make institutional and systemic change before a community member becomes the next hashtag.   Nyria “RiRi” Stuart-Thompson ‘20, Hannah Lefevre ‘21, Dia Brown ‘21, Emmanuella Boateng ‘22...

UVM’s men’s basketball game spread COVID-19 to 16 fans

UVM's men's basketball game spread COVID-19 to 16 fans

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

June 29, 2020

COVID-19’s spread throughout Vermont may have been aided by A March 10 UVM basketball game, according to a VTDigger article.  According to the Jun 10 article, 16 people had COVID-19 symptoms after attending the game, three of which later died from the virus. Among those three was Dave Reissig, a...

Larner College of Medicine student dies unexpectedly

Larner College of Medicine student dies unexpectedly

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

June 25, 2020

Collins Oguejiofor, a UVM sophomore in the Larner College of Medicine, has died unexpectedly.  Oguejiofor was about to begin a clinical clerkship at Larner’s Connecticut branch campus when he died, according to a June 24 email to the Larner community from Richard Page, dean of the Larner College....

Director of Student Life posts harsh words about student activists on Facebook

Director of Student Life posts harsh words about student activists on Facebook

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

June 21, 2020

UVM’s Director of Student life cursed out a group of students on her Facebook account Friday after they emailed her and other UVM administrators a list of demands.   Four hours after receiving an email from a coalition of student activists Director of Student Life Daphne Wells stated in a Facebook p...

Extra patrols of Burlington Police in UVM student neighborhoods terminated by UVM

Extra patrols of Burlington Police in UVM student neighborhoods terminated by UVM

Lilly Page and Kate Vanni

June 19, 2020

UVM canceled the extra Burlington Police patrols of UVM student neighborhoods that were initially created for COVID-19 awareness and noise complaints. As of June 11 the extra patrols for noise and COVID-19 awareness have been terminated at the request of UVM, Shannon Trammell, Executive Assistant to t...

UVM announces plan for a safe return to on-campus operations in Fall 2020

Screenshot of email from Surseh Garimella

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

June 15, 2020

UVM is making preparations for a full return to campus for the fall 2020 semester despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  The UVM Board of Trustees has approved recommended strategies made by the UVMStrong Fall 2020 Advisory Committee, a committee working towards a safe return to campus in Augu...

Staff Council admits serious failings in an email entitled “Racism and Inequity at UVM”

Staff Council Monthly Meeting Microsoft Teams group chat.

Kate Vanni and Irene Choi

June 15, 2020

Staff Council issued an apology email to Suresh Garimella after some staff members voiced accusations of racial insensitivity that occurred in the monthly Staff Council meeting. Richard Wolburk, a member of the Compensation, Benefits and Budget Committee shared an email titled “Racism and inequity at ...

Staff members discuss vote of no confidence for Vice President of Finance

(left to right) Trustee Don McCree, VP of Finance Richard Cate and University Budget Director Shari Bergquist sit at the Oct. 26 board of trustees meeting.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

June 10, 2020

A vote of no confidence could be held for a top UVM administrator after he was accused of voicing an all lives matter narrative at a Staff Council meeting. In a June 9 Staff Council meeting meant to discuss the most recent round of budget cuts due to COVID-19 shortfalls, staff raised questions abou...

Finance VP accused of making decisions that comply with a racist system

Richard Cate, University treasurer and vice president for finance, sits in his office, Sept. 26. Cate was tasked to handle all sustainability and climate action issues by President Suresh Garimella at the beginning of September.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

June 9, 2020

In a tense Staff Council meeting, UVM’s vice president of finance was accused of defending a racist system after steering away from questions regarding race at UVM.  The June 9 meeting was meant to discuss the latest round of budget cuts announced in a June 4 email. It was attended by 250 peop...

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