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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...

Student demand for CAPS services rises

Student demand for CAPS services rises

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...

UVM forced to add 25 general education requirements

UVM forced to add 25 general education requirements

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

UVM will be forced to triple its number of distribution requirements for students because they are not meeting standards for accreditation.  Students will need to take 40 general education credit requirements in order for UVM to continue being reaccredited with the New England Commission for Hig...

Day in the life of UVM’s Rally Cat

Day in the life of UVM’s Rally Cat

Hayley Rosen, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

An ordinary cat sleeps most of the day, but Rally Cat is far too busy for that.  This past Friday, Nov. 1, Rally Cat had many duties to attend to, including a women’s field hockey game, a men’s ice hockey game and VCat Friday.  One Rally  Cat employee, who wishes to remain anonymous to keep the spirit alive, ...

McAuley Hall’s “hazardous” material removal delayed

McAuley Hall’s “hazardous” material removal delayed

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

Board of trustees lacks female representation despite majority female student population

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

Developing: UVM President hires communications officer to improve messaging

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Four takeaways from October 2019’s board of trustees meeting

Four takeaways from October 2019’s board of trustees meeting

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

UVM moves to invest millions more in sustainability projects

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...

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