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UVM asks Vermont for millions in relief due to COVID-19 stresses

UVM President shakes former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas' hand outside of Ira Allen Chapel following his installation ceremony.

Irene Choi and Sawyer Loftus

April 16, 2020

UVM has called on the state of Vermont to give the University $25 million in additional funds to confront “serious challenges” facing the University due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UVM President Suresh Garimella stated in an April 15 letter to Gov. Phil Scott that the University has faced millions...

UVM community innovates to save lives in fight against COVID-19

From emergency ventilators to personal protective equipment, members of the UVM community have stepped up to aid in the fight against COVID-19. Left, a portion of an emergency ventilator is made (Photo by Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist). Right, Than Moore stand in front of the UVMMC Emergency Room (Photo by Taran Catania SI-MBA'20).

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

April 16, 2020

Despite bleak circumstances, many UVM community members have stepped up to face the COVID-19 crisis head-on. From creating life-saving devices for coronavirus patients to protecting medical professionals in the workplace and helping students with mental health struggles, the UVM community is working...

SGA president-elect declines nomination, runner-up selected as new SGA president

Junior Ben Bieri was elected as the next president of SGA March 28. Prior to being sworn in April 14, he said he's stepping down.

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter

April 14, 2020

The SGA president-elect announced he is stepping down two weeks after he was nominated to the position. Junior Ben Bieri, who was elected to be next year’s SGA president March 28, said he will decline the presidential nomination at tonight’s SGA meeting. “It’s something that has been weighing...

Following his election, new SGA president faces backlash for past tweets

Following his election, new SGA president faces backlash for past tweets

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter

April 13, 2020

After facing backlash for controversial tweets, the SGA president-elect apologized and said he hopes to mend his relationship with people that were hurt by his comments. Junior Ben Bieri, who won the election for SGA president March 28, apologized later that day on social media for tweets of his that...

In response to pandemic, UVM president forgoes salary

(Left to Right) President Suresh Garimella, Chair Ron Lumbra and Provost Patricia Prelock sit at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26. Prelock was appointed Provost this afternoon by President Garimella.

Alek Fleury and Irene Choi

April 10, 2020

UVM President Suresh Garimella has requested to forgo his salary for the month of April and has asked that it be contributed to a special university fund to help during this crisis. “The board has approved his generous request with our thanks and deep respect during this uniquely challenging and ...

Supporters of student union now hold a majority on SGA following elections

34 UVM students were elected to serve on SGA for the 2020-2021 academic year Thursday, April 9. The majority of students elected ran on a platform that supports the creation of student union. Of the 34 SGA senators elected 19 are new to the organization while 15 will keep their seats.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

April 10, 2020

Following the election of an SGA President who ran on a platform to create a student union, 20 SGA senators that ran on the same platform were elected Thursday night. Junior Ben Bieri, the SGA president-elect won the presidential race on a platform to get rid of SGA. Now, his supporters hold a majority...

UVM trustee dies from COIVD-19 complications

Bernie Juskiewicz died April 8 due to complications from COVID-19. The trustee and former state representative will be honored by Vermont Monday, April 15 with flags flying at half-mast.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

April 9, 2020

A member of UVM's board of trustees and former state representative died Wednesday from complications relating to COVID-19. Bernie Juskiewicz, 77, died April 8, according to a UVM webpage that contains a letter to the University community. Juskiewicz had served as the chair of the audit committee...

Your latest COVID-19 updates

Your latest COVID-19 updates

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

April 7, 2020

Graduation ceremony uncertain, new grading options and a makeover for the Patrick Gym.

UVM Admissions makes virtual moves to continue recruiting prospective students

Two Advocat tour guides give a virtual tour to prospective students. UVM's campus remains closed except for essential operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

April 7, 2020

Typically this time of year, hundreds of admitted students and families flock to UVM to see campus, connect with current students and ask questions. Now, six Admitted Student Visit Days are taking place as virtually broadcasted events. The first remote Admitted Students Day was Monday, March 30, Advocat...

SGA and Department of Student Life at odds over new committee

In this screenshot from the live streaming of the meeting on Youtube, SGA senators comments can be seen on the right.

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2020

After attempting to make changes within SGA to better respond to internal issues, the student organization ran into resistance from UVM administrators. At SGA’s first virtual meeting, March 31, held on Microsoft Teams, senators planned to make changes to the SGA Constitution by creating a protoc...

UVM asks for student input on divestment amidst pressure from campus groups

Members of the board of trustees prepare for the March 2 meeting where they selected Ron Lumbra to be the new chair and established the new sustainability work group.

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter

April 5, 2020

On a Friday afternoon when many students might be gearing up for the weekend, over 100 others chose to pack themselves behind a partition in the Silver Maple Ballroom.  They came to ask the board of trustees one thing: which side of history did they want to be on? Over the last two semesters, stu...

UVM President reflects on leadership amid COVID-19 pandemic

UVM President Suresh Garimella addresses a gathered crowd of media and UVM community members at press conference Nov. 14, 2019.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

April 2, 2020

UVM President Suresh Garimella said a year ago, he would have never thought he’d be leading a University through a pandemic. Now, as his first year as president nears its finish line, he’s had to make tough decisions as students, faculty, staff and parents have all asked, what’s next during...

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