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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

SGA senator asks a question during a meeting in the Livak Ballroom March 22.

What is SGA working on?

Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter March 30, 2022

SGA hopes to improve transparency with the student body and further advertise their advocacy for students, said SGA Vice President Olivija Stephens, a junior. The webpage titled “What Is SGA Working...

First unmodified graduation since 2019

First unmodified graduation since 2019

Skyeler Devlin, Cynic News Reporter March 29, 2022

UVM will hold a graduation ceremony without pandemic modifications this spring for the first  time in two years, according to a March 17 email from UVM President Suresh Garimella. UVM’s mask mandate...

Elliot Ruggles, sexual violence prevention and education coordinator, speaks during the SGA meeting March 22.

First month for sexual violence educator

Isabelle Tanner, Cynic News Reporter March 28, 2022

Dr. Elliot Ruggles, UVM’s first sexual violence prevention and education coordinator, reflected on their first month in the position during public forum at the SGA meeting on March 22. Since their hiring...

Road salt lies on a path through the Waterman green March 17.

The Salt Mitigation Task Force announced

RJ Morrison, Cynic News Reporter March 24, 2022

A group of students, faculty and staff aims to minimize salt use to prevent structural and environmental harm, according to a March 4 press release. The Salt Mitigation Task Force began in January 2020,...

A solar panel stands in front of the George D. Aiken Center April 6. The Aiken Center is certified Platinum in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) granted by the U.S. Green Building Council.

UVM announces clean energy promotion consortium

Halsey McLaen, Assistant News Editor March 23, 2022

UVM announced the establishment of a coalition for renewable energy projects within Vermont, according to a March 22 press release from Strategic Communications.  The Vermont Clean and Resilient Energy...

 The Waterman building stands across the street from UVM’s central campus Jan. 28. The Waterman building houses the UVM upper administration offices.

Deans opt not to push for promised diversity training in faculty contract negotiations

Skyeler Devlin, Cynic News Reporter March 23, 2022

In 2018, two UVM deans made a commitment to mandate diversity training, according to a March 8, 2018 Cynic article. Yet in May of 2021, the newly negotiated faculty contract did not include mandatory diversity...

A classroom on the first floor of Innovation Hall Jan. 13.

National Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science officially recognized at UVM

Audrie Caruso, Cynic News Reporter March 23, 2022

The National Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science officially became a recognized chapter at UVM, according to a March 21 UVM press release. The SACNAS chapter...

Athletics media policies effects on sexual violence coverage

Athletics media policies’ effects on sexual violence coverage

Lucille Whittier and Ella Ruehsen March 22, 2022

UVM athletics declined to send a courtesy photo for story pertaining to sexual violence, seven months after saying the department would not facilitate photoshoots of this nature, according to a March 20...

 Chrysanthemum Harrell ‘22 speaks in front of the crowd March 16. She stands among members of Staff United holding signs expressing activism.

Staff union protests for livable wages upon receiving administrative response to proposal

Staff Report March 21, 2022

Editor's note: This story was updated March 23 at 10:00 a.m. to correct base pay errors and cut outdated numbers of union representation.  UVM Staff United protested on March 17 in hopes of negotiating...

A K95 mask lies on the gravel next to a sidewalk March 17.

UVM community debates mask mandate lift

Audrie Caruso, Cynic News Reporter March 21, 2022

UVM should have taken more time to prepare for the mask mandate dropping, since many community members are at risk for COVID-19 or directly involved with someone who is, said Ellie Miller, president of...

The Waterman building sits on S Prospect Street March 2022.

Several colleges without diversity training

Skyeler Devlin, Cynic News Reporter March 18, 2022

Editor's note: The print edition of this article contained inaccurate information on the introduction date of EVERFI trainings.  UVM does not have mandatory diversity training for their faculty, which...

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

BREAKING: UVM to drop mask mandate March 19

Ella Ruehsen, News Editor March 16, 2022

UVM announced plans to drop its indoor mask mandate beginning March 19, according to a March 16 email from Provost Patricia Prelock and Gary Derr, vice president for operations and public safety.  Masks...

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