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SGA president-elect declines nomination, runner-up selected as new SGA president

Junior Ben Bieri was elected as the next president of SGA March 28. Prior to being sworn in April 14, he said he's stepping down.

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter

April 14, 2020

The SGA president-elect announced he is stepping down two weeks after he was nominated to the position. Junior Ben Bieri, who was elected to be next year’s SGA president March 28, said he will decline the presidential nomination at tonight’s SGA meeting. “It’s something that has been weighing...

Following his election, new SGA president faces backlash for past tweets

Following his election, new SGA president faces backlash for past tweets

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter

April 13, 2020

After facing backlash for controversial tweets, the SGA president-elect apologized and said he hopes to mend his relationship with people that were hurt by his comments. Junior Ben Bieri, who won the election for SGA president March 28, apologized later that day on social media for tweets of his that...

Supporters of student union now hold a majority on SGA following elections

34 UVM students were elected to serve on SGA for the 2020-2021 academic year Thursday, April 9. The majority of students elected ran on a platform that supports the creation of student union. Of the 34 SGA senators elected 19 are new to the organization while 15 will keep their seats.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

April 10, 2020

Following the election of an SGA President who ran on a platform to create a student union, 20 SGA senators that ran on the same platform were elected Thursday night. Junior Ben Bieri, the SGA president-elect won the presidential race on a platform to get rid of SGA. Now, his supporters hold a majority...

SGA and Department of Student Life at odds over new committee

In this screenshot from the live streaming of the meeting on Youtube, SGA senators comments can be seen on the right.

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2020

After attempting to make changes within SGA to better respond to internal issues, the student organization ran into resistance from UVM administrators. At SGA’s first virtual meeting, March 31, held on Microsoft Teams, senators planned to make changes to the SGA Constitution by creating a protoc...

SGA outsider wins presidency amid election difficulties

SGA outsider wins presidency amid election difficulties

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

March 28, 2020

Despite a forced restart to the SGA presidential and vice presidential elections, an SGA outsider running on a platform to get rid of the organization has won. Juniors Ben Bieri and Peter Lally surged to victory beating out junior Owen Doherty, junior Cody Smart and sophomore Lana Al-Namee, as well...

BREAKING: SGA presidential and vice presidential election forced to restart

SGA senators sit during a meeting, Nov. 5. After over a thousand people voted in the SGA presidential and vice presidential election March 26, SGA has been forced to restart the election due to an unknown amount of ineligible votes.

Lilly Page, News Staff Reporter

March 26, 2020

After over a thousand people voted in the SGA presidential and vice presidential election, SGA was forced to restart the election due to an unknown amount of ineligible graduates and alumni that had access to the voting platform. Senior Nick Bouffard, the Chair of the Elections Committee, sent out an email...

A debate of a different kind: SGA takes presidential debates to live stream

Moderator Nick Boufford, a senior, was joined by SGA presidential candidates junior Owen Doherty, sophomore Lana Al-Namee, junior Ben Bieri and junior Cody Smart. SGA vice presidential candidates, junior Grace Parker and junior Peter Lalley were also included in the debate.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

March 24, 2020

SGA attempted to keep things business as usual, despite a pandemic, with a virtual debate between candidates running for SGA president and vice president. Moderator Nick Boufford, a senior, was joined by SGA presidential candidates junior Owen Doherty, sophomore Lana Al-Namee, junior Ben Bieri and...

Student food pantry opens its doors to all UVM students

Student food pantry opens its doors to all UVM students

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

February 25, 2020

A low barrier, on-campus food pantry for UVM students has opened its doors after nearly two years in the making. Rally Cat’s Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry, opened Feb. 24 in the Hills Agricultural building. The project was started by former SGA President Ethan Foley, a senior, after a study...

Environmental lobbying group sets up chapter on campus

(Left to Right) Sophomore Talia Crowley and junior Lily Seward sit during an interview, Feb. 18. Crowley and Seward are co-presidents of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group club.

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

February 25, 2020

With the help of SGA, a statewide environmental lobbying group has established a branch on UVM’s campus.  Vermont Public Interest Research Group, a self-described environmental advocacy group, will set up camp on UVM’s campus as an SGA recognized club, following its approval at SGA’s Feb. 11 m...

Tensions grow on board of trustees over gender equity and diversity

Tensions grow on board of trustees over gender equity and diversity

Sawyer Loftus and Emma Burnham

February 4, 2020

Despite a push from the Vermont Legislature to make half of the UVM board of trustees members female or nonbinary, the board has signaled its resistance. The potential new law, which is currently being weighed in both the Vermont Statehouse and Senate, have left some on the board to call the mandat...

Following student action, trustee says he’s ready to divest

Student protesters hold hand-painted signs following the end of public comment. The group then began to sing,

Cynic News Staff

February 3, 2020

After two demonstrations by student activists over the span of three months, at least one UVM trustee has said he’s ready to divest. Students from organizations including SGA, the Sunrise Movement and Organize, a group advocating against UVM’s $27 million investment in fossil fuel companies, fille...

Students protest UVM board’s refusal to divest UVM millions from fossil fuels

Junior Lowell Deschenes brandishes a sign reading

Cynic News Staff, News Staff

January 31, 2020

At least 100 students, faculty and community members filled the final session of the February 2020 board of trustees meeting to call for UVM to divest from fossil fuels. Students from organizations including SGA, Sunrise and Organize, a group advocating against UVM's $27 million investment in fossil fuel...

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