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BREAKING: SGA presidential and vice presidential election forced to restart

BREAKING: SGA presidential and vice presidential election forced to restart

Lilly Page, News Staff Reporter

1 day ago

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

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

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

3 days ago

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

Environmental lobbying group sets up chapter on campus

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

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

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

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

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...

SGA again requests UVM divest from fossil fuels

SGA again requests UVM divest from fossil fuels

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

January 29, 2020

To thundering applause and a standing ovation, SGA emphasized the importance of UVM’s divestment at their Jan. 21 meeting.  During their weekly meeting, junior Sophie Smith, chair of the Committee on the Environment, introduced a resolution urging the board of trustees to divest from fossil fuels....

Student food pantry finds a home on Central Campus

Student food pantry finds a home on Central Campus

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

January 29, 2020

A project that was started last year to address food insecurity on campus has found a place to open.  Rally Cat’s Cupboard, a food pantry created by SGA, is designed to help food insecure undergraduate, graduate and medical students.  It will be will open Feb. 24 and is located in Hills Ag...

Student and alumni race for spots on city council to represent wards one and eight

Student and alumni race for spots on city council to represent wards one and eight

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

January 22, 2020

As the Burlington City Council race heats up, the majority of the candidates running to represent the wards that make up UVM share a deep connection with the University. Four out of the five candidates for the two wards that make up UVM are alumni. Some of the top priorities of the five candidates...

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

December 10, 2019

SGA is working to assess the role of blue lights on UVM’s campus and determine if they should be removed and be replaced with an app.  But not all UVM students approve the idea, and UVM Emergency Management has yet to fully commit to the project. Blue lights are a series of alarm or panic s...

SGA explores adding a third branch of student government

SGA explores adding a third branch of student government

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

December 4, 2019

SGA’s Constitution Committee will explore how to add an additional judicial branch to handle internal SGA conflicts.  Senior Zach Merson, speaker of the senate and chair of the Constitution Committee, brought the idea of the addition to the entire SGA Nov. 19. Merson said currently there are on...

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