The Vermont Cynic

Survey shows UVM community values student success after pay and workload cuts to faculty

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

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor

May 18, 2020

After cutting the pay and workloads of some faculty members, a survey conducted by UVM administration shows the UVM community sees student success as the highest priority. The survey was sent on April 17 by President Suresh Garimella. The survey was meant to gather input for revising UVM’s “Amplifying...

On a quiet campus, UVM Police take on new roles

UVM Police cars sit outside the department's headquarters May 2, nearly two months after most students have vacated campus.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

May 15, 2020

UVM Police received only a third of their average number of calls this April compared with the previous five years.  Typically UVM Police receive about 300 calls in April. In April 2020, UVM Police received only 100.  With a near-empty campus and fraction of their typical call volume, policing change...

Faculty, staff and students protest looming budget cuts imposed by UVM leadership

Protestors gather in the Waterman Parking lot May 14. Waterman is home to the offices of UVM executives including President Suresh Garimella.

Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich

May 14, 2020

A nearly empty UVM campus erupted with the blasting of car horns as protestors drove their cars around campus, showing solidarity against imposed budget cuts. The rally held May 14 was led by UVM United Against Cuts, a coalition of UVM students, faculty and community members who stand in solidarity...

UVM president warns community of likely layoffs and pay cuts

President Suresh Garimella is presented with the University mace at his Installation Ceremony, Oct. 4. During his address, Garimella said he is committed to bettering both UVM and Vermont.

Irene Choi and Emma Pinezich

May 14, 2020

As UVM’s financial wellbeing teeters, President Suresh Garimella warned the community that tactics such as salary reductions and layoffs might take place going forward. In a memo sent to the community May 11, Garimella outlined the current financial challenges facing UVM and some steps the university...

UVM President says school will reopen in fall despite pandemic

President Suresh Garimella addresses assembled media at a press conference, Nov. 14.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

May 5, 2020

Two days before high school seniors across the country chose their future college, President Suresh Garimella announced UVM would be open this fall. Although Garimella said he remains committed to having students on campus for the fall, graduating seniors will not be able to celebrate with an in-...

11 UVM students named for Fulbrights in record-breaking year

Senior Reilly Becchina won a Fulbright research award to study an endangered marmot species in Mongolia.

Maryann Makosiej and Irene Choi

May 1, 2020

In a record-breaking year for the University, 11 UVM students have been selected as scholars and alternates for the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship program.  Of the 15 finalists from UVM, 11 students were selected as official scholars or alternates, passing the previously-held record of seven st...

UVM nursing students will graduate early to aid in pandemic

UVM nursing students in the class of 2020 will graduate early and receive temporary working permits to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic as early as May 2.

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

April 29, 2020

Senior UVM nursing students will be graduating early and receiving temporary working permits to directly aid in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The class of 95 students was alerted to the change in an email from Rosemary Dale, chair of the nursing and health science department, said Kathy C...

UVM forced to make budget cuts amidst pandemic’s economic crisis

Richard Cate, vice president for finance and UVM treasurer, walks to his seat during the board of trustees meeting, Jan. 31. Cate became vice president for finance and treasurer in 2013.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

April 29, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to wreak financial havoc on workers, families and schools all across the nation, UVM faces further budget cuts that will impact the entire UVM community. After a notice from Provost Patty Prelock, Vice President of Finance Richard Cate and UVM President Suresh Garimella, college...

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

April 27, 2020

A meeting that was supposed to include discussion about campus input on divestment resulted in the members scarcely touching the topic, before moving on to the next step in their agenda. The second meeting of the UVM board of trustees’ sustainability workgroup included a half an hour slot for the...

UVM professor and ER doctor removed from class following arrest

Assistant Professor Eike Blohm was charged with possession and production of child pornography May 22, a month after he was arrested for voyeurism.

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter

April 26, 2020

A UVM professor and doctor at UVM Medical Center who was arrested for voyeurism will not continue to teach for the rest of the semester.  However, the question still looms of what will happen to the course he is slated to teach in the fall. Eike Blohm, assistant professor and emergency medicine p...

UVM appoints new police chief following job search

Tim Bilodeau was named the chief of UVM Police in March 2020. Previously, Bilodeau served as Deputy Chief before stepping into the role of interim Chief following Lianne Tuomey's retirement.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

April 23, 2020

Despite there being no formal announcement to the campus community on who was appointed as the new police chief, UVM recently removed their public job listings for the position.  Tim Bilodeau was officially selected as UVM’s new police chief March 6 after several months of searching. Since ...

Student pushes UVM for a more substantial refund for all UVM students

Sophomore Finlay Buchanan-Jacobs created a petition demanding partial student reimbursement for housing and tuition. As of April 21, the petition has more than 7,800 signatures.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

April 21, 2020

When UVM first transitioned to online classes in mid-March due to COVID-19, administrators were met with backlash from students for not providing housing and tuition reimbursement. This was due to a policy stated in the student housing contract. Demands for reimbursement continue to rise, persisting...

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