The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

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

Don McCree, chair of the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee flips through the pages of the board of trustees meeting itinerary inside the Livak Ballroom 8:30 a.m. Oct. 29. McCree’s term is set to end March 2026.

Board of trustees approves School of the Arts, terminates several language programs

Ella Ruehsen, News Editor February 7, 2022

UVM’s board of trustees approved the proposed School of the Arts within the College of Arts and Sciences at a Feb. 4-5 meeting, according to a Feb. 5 press release.  This vote solidifies the proposed...

Staff union says Provost neglects diverse applicant pools

Staff union says Provost neglects diverse applicant pools

Halsey McLaen, Assistant News Editor February 7, 2022

UVM’s staff union, UVM Staff United, released a petition Jan. 24 opposing recent additions to the administration by means of internal hires, according to the petition. UVM Staff United sent the petition...

The real story of Andrew Harris

The real story of Andrew Harris

RJ Morrison, Cynic News Reporter February 6, 2022

The sign UVM has dedicated to Andrew Harris, the first Black person to graduate in the year 1838, does not detail the way the UVM community treated him while he was enrolled in the school. Among UVM’s...

 An apron sits on a stool in an art classroom in Williams Hall Jan. 25.

Faculty Senate approves proposed School of the Arts within CAS

Audrie Caruso, Cynic News Reporter February 3, 2022

UVM’s Faculty Senate approved the proposed School of the Arts, an interdisciplinary program within the College of Arts and Sciences as a part of academic reorganization efforts, at a Jan. 24 meeting.  If...

UVM enters partnership to research applications of green hydrogen fuel

UVM enters partnership to research applications of green hydrogen fuel

Cate Rowlins, Cynic News Reporter February 2, 2022

UVM is partnering with Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. and GlobalFoundries on a new green hydrogen project, according to a Jan. 20 press release from UVM's strategic communications.  VGS reached out to UVM...

The new EcoWare system debuts in February, granting every on-campus student a complementary EcoWare membership. They can use their token to borrow EcoWare but if they lose the token or the container they must buy back into the program for $7.50. Retail Points, Cat$cratch or credit/debit can be used.

86% of 5,000 EcoWare containers lost during fall semester

Rylie Blanchfield, Cynic News Reporter February 1, 2022

Last semester, 4,300 of the 5,000 EcoWare containers went missing, said Nicole Reilly, UVM Dining sustainability and campus partnership manager.  The loss pushed the program to stop using the honor...

Students wait in line for their COVID-19 tests in the Davis Center on Jan. 27.

COVID cases at UVM reach all-time high due to omicron variant, decline projected in coming weeks

Halsey McLaen , Assistant News Editor January 31, 2022

UVM’s COVID-19 cases hit a record high last week, but the University expects this to be the peak of the outbreak, said Gary Derr, vice president of safety and operations. UVM saw 321 positive tests...

Andy Elrick is the newly hired student media adviser. He serves as the adviser of the Vermont Cynic, WRUV and UVMtv.

New student media adviser hired, following three semester long vacancy

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Editor January 27, 2022

After a year and a half without an official adviser to turn to, student media leaders of UVMtv, the Vermont Cynic and WRUV were relieved when Andy Elrick accepted the role.  Elrick received the job...

The Grasse Mount is home to the UVM Foundation, located at 411 Main St.

UVM Foundation’s employee media policy sparks debate over ethics and legality

Reitz Wishtischin, Cynic News Reporter January 26, 2022

UVM Foundation prevents employees from speaking to the press, according to its policy, which holds legal and ethical concerns, said Lindsie Rank, a lawyer for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.  UVM...

The CoVerified app sits open on the self-reporting contact tracing screen.

Students now responsible for contact tracing, UVM asks them to take it seriously

Halsey McLaen, Assistant News Editor January 25, 2022

Editor's note: This story was updated Jan. 26 at 12:46 p.m. to include comment from UVM spokesperson Enrique Corredera that was received following the article's publication.  Students are responsible...

Suitemate first-years Royce Ankel, Will Armbruster and Brenna Bushweller sit in their suite located in Living/Learning D on Jan. 20. They returned from winter break to realize someone broke into their dorm rooms.

Eight students returned to campus to find their rooms broken into, investigations underway

Audrie Caruso, Cynic News Reporter January 24, 2022

Students at UVM reported eight burglaries to UVM Police Services when they returned from the winter recess, according to a Jan. 17 CatAlert.  Police reported five burglaries at the apartments in the...

A box of KN95 masks sits behind the front desk of the Davis Center on the first floor Jan. 21.

Free KN95 masks available to UVM community

Ella Ruehsen , Cynic News Editor January 21, 2022

KN95 masks are now available for pickup to UVM community members, according to a Jan. 21 email from Gary Derr, vice president of operations and public safety.  The masks are being distributed out of...

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