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BREAKING: Six more positive COVID-19 cases days after Halloween

UVM students stand in a long line outside of the Davis center Covid testing site, Sept. 10.
Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter November 4, 2020

A day after UVM confirmed 31 students were in isolation, the University says six students have tested positive for COVID-19. Late Tuesday, UVM spokesperson Enrique Corredera confirmed one student received...

Democrat Molly Gray declares victory in closely contested Lieutenant Governor’s race

Molly Gray delivers a victory speech from a podium inside the Great Northern, a Burlington restaurant, Nov. 3. Gray smiles as she delivers the speech to the press and assembled supporters.
Tulley Hescock, Assistant Feature Editor November 4, 2020

Democrat Molly Gray announced victory in a closely contested Lieutenant Governor’s race at a restaurant in Burlington Tuesday night, celebrating her win over Republican Scott Milne.  Gray won the...

Despite UVM Medical Center cyberattack officials say UVM data secure

UVM Medical Center President Dr. Stephen Leffler answers questions from the media outside the medical center Oct. 29. Wednesday, UVM Medical Center and UVM Health Network's data systems shut down in light of a confirmed cyberattack.
Emma Pinezich and Sawyer Loftus October 29, 2020

A confirmed cyberattack against the University of Vermont Health Network, that caused most of the network’s digital systems to shut down, has not impacted the University, according to UVM officials. The...

UVM Medical Center and Medical School selected as testing site for COVID-19 vaccine

UVM Medical Center stands on UVM's campus April 22. The Center, which has treated COVID patients since the beginning of the pandemic, will now be a vaccine trial site.
News Staff October 27, 2020

The UVM Medical Center and the Larner College of Medicine will be a trial site for a COVID-19 vaccine, according to an all-staff email from UVMMC President and CEO John Brumsted. The medical center...

White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator praises UVM, cautions potential outbreaks

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, addresses gathered media in the Grand Maple Ball Room at UVM Oct. 10. Birx praised the University and Vermont's response to the virus.
Alek Fleury, Managing Editor October 10, 2020

In a visit to the University of Vermont’s campus Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Response Coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force praised the University and the states’ handling of the...

Dr. Fauci applauds Vermont’s response to pandemic, calls on nation to follow its lead

Dr. Anthony Fauci joined Vermont Gov. Phil Scott's coronavirus press briefing Sept. 14, where he applauded the state's low COVID-19 positivity rate.
Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter September 16, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious disease, called Vermont’s handling of COVID-19 some of the best in the country, at a press briefing with Vermont reporters Sept. 15.  Fauci...

UVM pushes ahead with plans to reopen as Burlington officials, residents and students decry plan

UVM's President Suresh Garimella wears his mask while he waits for the press conference to begin, Aug. 18.
Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich August 18, 2020

Despite outcry and concerns expressed by Burlington officials, students, and community members, UVM will continue with its reopening plan. At a press conference on Aug. 18, UVM President Suresh Garimella...

UVM professors ask VT state government for protection from workload and pay cuts

Members of the Vermont legislature met over Zoom May 21 and heard testimonies from four UVM professors.
Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter May 27, 2020

Four UVM professors testified to the Vermont state legislature to ask senators for help in stopping proposed pay cuts and finding budget relief in other places.  UVM faculty members spoke to the Vermont...

Faculty, staff and students protest looming budget cuts imposed by UVM leadership

Protestors gather in the Waterman Parking lot May 14. Waterman is home to the offices of UVM executives including President Suresh Garimella.
Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich May 14, 2020

A nearly empty UVM campus erupted with the blasting of car horns as protestors drove their cars around campus, showing solidarity against imposed budget cuts. The rally held May 14 was led by UVM United...

UVM appoints new police chief following job search

Tim Bilodeau was named the chief of UVM Police in March 2020. Previously, Bilodeau served as Deputy Chief before stepping into the role of interim Chief following Lianne Tuomey's retirement.
Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter April 23, 2020

Despite there being no formal announcement to the campus community on who was appointed as the new police chief, UVM recently removed their public job listings for the position.  Tim Bilodeau was officially...

Student pushes UVM for a more substantial refund for all UVM students

Sophomore Finlay Buchanan-Jacobs created a petition demanding partial student reimbursement for housing and tuition. As of April 21, the petition has more than 7,800 signatures.
Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter April 21, 2020

When UVM first transitioned to online classes in mid-March due to COVID-19, administrators were met with backlash from students for not providing housing and tuition reimbursement. This was due to a...

UVM asks Vermont for millions in relief due to COVID-19 stresses

UVM President shakes former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas' hand outside of Ira Allen Chapel following his installation ceremony.
Irene Choi and Sawyer Loftus April 16, 2020

UVM has called on the state of Vermont to give the University $25 million in additional funds to confront “serious challenges” facing the University due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UVM President Suresh...

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