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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Junior Sam Pasqualoni stands outside Williams Hall April 3. Pasqualoni won the presidential election for SGA April 1 as a write-in candidate.

New SGA president and VP elected as tensions between admin and students remain high

Angelika Hillios, Cynic News Contributor April 15, 2021

On Friday April 2,  junior write-in candidate Samuel Pasqualoni and uncontested sophomore candidate Olivija Stephens secured their elected positions as SGA President and Vice President, respectively.  Pasqualoni...

The family of a prospective student walks through Andrew Harris Commons without observing proper masking protocols April 10.

UVM reopens Visitor Center despite continued student restrictions

Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter April 13, 2021

Despite strict COVID-19 policies for the student body, UVM is welcoming out-of-state visitors back on campus, with plans to allow them to access UVM buildings.  As UVM’s May 1 decision deadline looms,...

President Suresh Garimella is the 27th president of UVM. His presidency began July 2019.

Thousands voice no confidence in Garimella administration as grievances mount

Ella Ruehsen, Assistant News Editor April 13, 2021

Over 3,000 people have voiced their lack of confidence in UVM President Suresh Garimella and his administration following a series of budget cuts and other perceived administrative failures.  On March...

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COVID cases remain high while large gatherings raise concerns among UVM admin

Staff Report April 13, 2021

In a marked decrease from the last round of COVID-19 testing numbers, UVM’s latest numbers show that 59 students and one staff member tested positive for the virus. According to UVM’s COVID-19 dashboard,...

How transparent is UVMs COVID data compared to other colleges?

How transparent is UVM’s COVID data compared to other colleges’?

Sierra Byrne and Lila Cumming April 7, 2021

Eight months after UVM created a COVID-19 dashboard to share data on testing and positive cases in the UVM community, administrators have not budged in their decision to only update information once a...

Students pack up their dorm belongings outside Harris-Millis Hall March 18.

Harsh COVID sanctions exacerbate confusion and anxiety among students

Will Guisbond, Cynic Staff Writer April 6, 2021

Following two semesters of strict COVID-19 rules and shifting punishments for policy violations, fear and isolation have left some students feeling anxious, tired and confused.  After sharp increases...

The UVM testing hours have been updated starting the week of April 5 to accommodate the twice-a-week testing.

Campus reopens for tours as COVID cases continue to rise

Ella Ruehsen, Assistant News Editor April 6, 2021

Despite nearly 100 students testing positive for COVID-19 this past week, UVM announced it has restarted in-person admissions tours again for prospective students and their families. UVM reported 54...

Sophomore Miles Mccallum stands in front of Harris-Millis Hall where he works as an RA.

Caught between students and admin, RAs voice frustration and guilt about conduct enforcement

Irene Choi and Nicole Hardy April 6, 2021

Editor’s note: Some RAs interviewed for this piece have had their names changed to first name pseudonyms due to fears that UVM would take action against them for speaking out.  Jamie, an RA living...

UVM Senior Emma Einhorn watches Professor Aaron Kindsvatters first video titled “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont, March 9.

Professor who spoke out about white discrimination has history of fraught relationship with admin and students

Kate Vanni, Assistant Managing Editor April 5, 2021

As UVM professor Aaron Kindsvatter continues to post videos to his YouTube and make appearances on conservative radio and tv shows, his message — against what he perceives as anti-whiteness — has gone...

Gov. Phil Scott discusses his past at UVM and his path to the Vermont Statehouse in 2017.

Out-of-state students continue to get vaccinated despite ineligibility and confusion

Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter April 1, 2021

Some — but not all — of UVM’s nearly 8,000 out-of-state students could get a vaccine in Vermont, but only if they intend to stay for the entire summer, according to Governor Phil Scott. Despite...

Presidential candidates Aidan Fleming and Ian Lynch and VP candidate Olivija Stephens talk about their plans if elected during the SGA debate March 31.

SGA candidates for president and VP face off in debates before election

Angelika Hillios, Cynic News Contributor April 1, 2021

One ambitious first-year, one write-in candidate and one uncontested VP candidate faced off Monday and Wednesday night at the Student Government Association’s president and VP election debates.  First-year...

Wanda Heading-Grant, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, sits in her office in the Waterman building.

Longtime diversity advocate departs UVM for historic new role at Carnegie Mellon

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 31, 2021

Wanda Heading-Grant, UVM’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, plans to take her talents to a new institution after 37 years of fond memories with UVM. Heading-Grant began her relationship...

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