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SGA affirms support for the Cynic following admin changes to student media oversight

SGA council members socially distance in their first in person meeting of the year, Sept. 8.
Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter December 1, 2020

UVM’s Student Government Association affirmed its support for the Cynic’s autonomy following changes from the University to the student newspaper’s oversight.  Senior Sawyer Loftus, Editor-In-Chief...

SGA funds program for first-generation college students following federal aid cuts

UVM's Student Government Association discussed student voting and changes to the former Clean Energy Fund at their weekly meeting Oct. 6.
Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter November 13, 2020

SGA plans to fund a program for one year that assists first-generation college students with academic support and professional mentoring after the federal government cut its funding this year.  UVM’s...

SGA raises concerns over new student safety app’s reliance on police

SGA council members socially distance in their first in person meeting of the year, Sept. 8.
Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor October 14, 2020

UVM’s Student Government Association raised concerns about a new University app’s reliance on police services, intended to help students in emergency situations. The group discussed the new app,...

Students and admin broaden goals of student fund for environmental projects

UVM's Student Government Association discussed student voting and changes to the former Clean Energy Fund at their weekly meeting Oct. 6.
Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter October 8, 2020

A fund for environmental projects has been revised to engage more students due to low levels of student involvement in the past, despite the fact that students' tuition finances the fund. UVM’s Student...

SGA derecognizes conservative student group as membership dwindles

SGA council members meet in the Davis center’s Grand Maple Ballroom while Gail Shampnois, the director of the Office of Student & Community Relations speaks via Microsoft Teams, Sept. 15.
Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter October 2, 2020

A conservative campus group that supports Donald Trump is no longer recognized as a club at UVM just 30 days short of the election after a resolution was passed by SGA.  SGA derecognized the club in...

In-person and remote options for Spring semester remain unknown

UVM Junior Julianne Lesch looks over the form for selecting at-home learning July 8.
Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter September 25, 2020

Plans for the Spring semester at UVM are already well underway, but one critical question remains unanswered: will courses be in-person, online or both. A finalized schedule for the Spring semester...

Amid mounting tension, SGA calls on UVM to change controversial flag policy

 A Hispanic Heritage month flag blows in the wind on a flagpole in front of the Davis center, Sept. 18.
Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter September 24, 2020

SGA called on UVM to allow identity groups on campus to fly their flag for longer than the current five day limitation, following mounting tension between student groups and the administration. The...

SGA discusses off-campus student needs as committees plan for the semester

SGA council members meet in the Davis center’s Grand Maple Ballroom while Gail Shampnois, the director of the Office of Student & Community Relations speaks via Microsoft Teams, Sept. 15.
Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor September 16, 2020

Addressing off-campus student needs: Despite the turmoil created by the pandemic and ongoing racial justice protests spearheaded by students, UVM’s governing body had another uncharacteristically short...

In first meeting of the year, SGA considers BLM demands for police reform

SGA council members socially distance in their first in person meeting of the year, Sept. 8.
Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter September 15, 2020

In the Student Government Association’s first meeting of the semester, several members pressed leadership on what the group is doing to address demands for racial justice reform from the campus community.  The...

“I see it as an environment for student change:” UVM’s new SGA president talks about her role and goals for the year

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter September 10, 2020

After a rollercoaster of an SGA presidential election this past March, Iraqi-American and first generation college student Lana Al-Namee has started her tenure as president of the organization.  As...

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...

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...

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