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The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Photo Illustration: First-years Ethan Wolfe and Thomas Didier demonstrate the difficulty of adjusting one’s routine when a roommate tests positive for COVID-19.

“I have to avoid the room at all times now:” No COVID isolation housing poses problems for on-campus students

Molly Yeska, Cynic News Reporter November 10, 2022

UVM’s lack of isolation housing for students who test positive for COVID-19 has created logistical troubles and uneasiness for some living on campus as they navigate sharing rooms with others, several...

A sign promoting a midterm election watch party by the UVM Political Science Club in Lafayette Hall Nov. 5.

Abortion rights, Congressional representation dominate midterm election discussions

Andrew Gould, Cynic News Reporter November 7, 2022

The 2022 midterms on Nov. 8 hold vital importance for the state of the country, according to student political leaders and two UVM political science professors.  Races for Vermont’s Congressional...

The Waterman building seen Nov. 3. UVM administration recently released updates concerning their work to support Jewish students on campus.

Provost provides updates on supporting UVM’s Jewish community

Halsey McLaen, News Editor November 3, 2022

Patricia Prelock, provost and senior vice president, identified several new updates from UVM administration concerning the ongoing work the University is engaging in to support Jewish students on campus...

Remnants of Greek letters on the side of fraternity Phi Gamma Delta’s former house on 158 South Willard St. Oct. 7. The house was lost at the time of the fraternity’s suspension in 2017.

Formerly suspended fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, seeking re-recognition

Andrew Gould, Cynic News Reporter November 2, 2022

A UVM fraternity is on track for re-recognition by the end of the fall semester after a four-year hazing and alcohol suspension, according to Lina Balcom, director of Student Life. Phi Gamma Delta,...

Jonathan D’Amore, special assistant to the President, and Amer Ahmed, vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion, present the University’s new land acknowledgement statement during the board of trustees’ full board meeting Oct. 29.

What to know from the fall 2022 board of trustees meeting

Halsey McLaen, News Editor October 31, 2022

The full board of trustees meeting approved a land acknowledgement statement for official University use as well as a consent agenda containing several updates for UVM on Oct. 29. The acknowledgement...

Alex Yin, executive director of UVM’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, presenting at SGA’s meeting Oct. 18.

UVM promotes student participation in national survey

Noah Diedrich, Cynic News Reporter October 25, 2022

UVM is seeking to increase student participation in a survey on student participation and activity in spring 2023, said Alex Yin, executive director of UVM’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.   The...

Katherine Elmer, lead negotiator for the part-time faculty bargaining team, before the faculty union’s rally on the Howe Library steps Oct. 20.

Faculty union sees minimal progress after nine months of contract negotiations

Ethan Brodie, Cynic News Reporter October 24, 2022

Negotiations between UVM’s faculty union, United Academics, and the University administration over a new part-time faculty contract are at a standstill, said Union President Eleanor Miller. The impasse...

An SGA senator following a demonstration of the new learning management system Brightspace, during SGA’s weekly meeting in the Livak Ballroom Sept. 20. Brightspace will be partially implemented in spring 2023, with a full implementation in the fall of next year.

UVM to start trial period with new learning management system next semester

Noah Diedrich, Cynic News Reporter September 27, 2022

UVM will begin to transition to the learning management system Brightspace in the spring 2023 semester, said Wendy Verrei-Berenback, assistant director at the Center for Teaching and Learning and co-leader...

A protester at the Vermonters for Justice in Palestine protest in support of Palestine in front of Waterman building, the building that houses most of the University’s administrative offices, Sept. 21.

Local advocacy group hosts rally on campus in support of Palestine

Andrew Gould, Cynic News Reporter September 26, 2022

Approximately two dozen people assembled in front of the Waterman building Sept. 21 to show their support for Palestine at a rally organized by local advocacy organization Vermonters for Justice in Palestine.  Organizers...

The Waterman building sits on S Prospect Street March 2022.

Several Jewish organizations criticize UVM’s response to federal antisemitism investigation

Halsey McLaen, News Editor September 26, 2022

Twenty Jewish organizations expressed concerns in response to UVM President Suresh Garimella’s denial of mishandling antisemitism in the midst of a federal investigation, according to a Sept. 16 press...

A few of the faces of UVM’s Staff Union, including (clockwise from left) Matt Rooney, Rachel Wallace-Brodeur, Ellen Kaye, and Kelli Joyce outside the Waterman building Sept. 15. Photo collage by Ellie Scott.

UVM violates staff union contract, mispays union members

Halsey McLaen, News Editor September 20, 2022

Editor's note: This article was updated 1:37 p.m. Sept. 21 to correct a detail about employment start dates.  The UVM administration mispaid multiple employees after ratifying a contract with UVM’s...

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UVM denies mishandling antisemitism allegations

Halsey McLaen, News Editor September 15, 2022

UVM President Suresh Garimella publicly denied allegations that UVM did not adequately address claims of antisemitism on campus in a Sept. 15 email to the UVM community, following reports that the Department...

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