The Vermont Cynic

SGA again requests UVM divest from fossil fuels

Junior Sophie Smith, chair of the Committee on the Environment, reads aloud a resolution urging the board of trustees to divest from fossil fuels at an SGA meeting, Jan. 21. Organize President Kieran Edraney, a senior, was also at the meeting.

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

 Snow melts in front of the Hills Agricultural Building, Jan. 25. The building is set to become the home of Rally Cat’s Cupboard and Closet, an on-campus food pantry and thrift store.

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

A blue light shines through the falling snow on the Andrew Harris Green, Dec. 6. UVM Emergency Management and SGA President Jillian Scannell, a senior, are currently working to evaluate the use of the lights on campuses nationwide.

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

Senior Zach Merson, speaker of the senate and chair of the Constitution Committee, addresses the senate body at a meeting, Nov. 19. Merson spoke about moving towards creating an SGA judicial branch.

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...

SGA senator selected to represent students and Burlington residents

SGA senator Hannah King, a sophomore, participates in an SGA meeting, Nov. 19. King now sits on the Ward 8 steering committee.

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

December 4, 2019

An SGA senator will now represent both UVM students and other Burlingtontonians as a member of the Ward 8 Steering Committee.  Sophomore Hannah King, senator on the Committee on Legislative and Community Affairs, was the second elected member from Ward 8. “Each ward has their own Neighborhood ...

SGA approves Navigate resolution

SGA approves Navigate resolution

Staff Report

November 19, 2019

SGA has passed a resolution that expresses concern for student privacy regarding the new advising system, Navigate. The resolution included a request for a settings page in which every student can decide which advising and staff members have access to their profile. Under the current settings, there are ...

SGA passes resolution in support of peer advising

SGA passes resolution in support of peer advising

Staff Report

November 19, 2019

SGA passed a resolution to show support of the Peer Advising Center, after it was determined the center’s contract would not be renewed. The Peer Advising Center was established in October 2015 and was to be funded by SGA until the end of the fiscal year of 2020. The resolution was headed by junior Ol...

SGA forbids clubs from using Venmo

(Left to Right) Speaker of the Senate Zach Merson, SGA Vice President Owen Doherty, SGA President Jillian Scannell and SGA Treasurer Taylor Gauthier sit at a table during a weekly SGA meeting, Nov. 5. The meeting discussed the use of unauthorized payment apps such as Venmo.

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

November 12, 2019

SGA has passed an amendment to their financial policy that will now impose penalties for clubs using unauthorized apps, such as Venmo. Use of these unauthorized apps has been banned for years, said sophomore Lana Al-Namee, member of the Finance Committee. Now, any club member caught using Venmo for club purpo...

SGA approves no increase to student fee

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.

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

November 12, 2019

After increasing slightly every year in recent memory, SGA voted to increase the student activities fee 0% Nov. 5. The Peer Advising Center was funded by SGA but will no longer be funded, and the money left over from the cut will be used to offset the activities fee in the future, said senior Olivia ...

UVM moves to invest millions more in sustainability projects

 Richard Cate, University treasurer and vice president for finance, sits among over 50 student protesters at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26. Despite the protest, the board made no indication that UVM would divest from fossil fuels.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 29, 2019

UVM’s vice president of finance has agreed to double the amount of cash UVM has invested in environmentally friendly bonds at the SGA president’s request. Richard Cate, UVM treasurer and vice president of finance, will increase UVM’s investments in green bonds from $10 million to $20 million. Cate...

SGA looks at tax break for FSL

SGA looks at tax break for FSL

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

October 24, 2019

The vice president of SGA and an SGA senator are exploring the possibility of returning fraternities and sororities back to property tax-exemption status in Vermont. The state bill which overturned their tax exemption status was passed in 2014 and took effect January 2017, according to the bill. Before...

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