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President Suresh Garimella addresses assembled media at a press conference, Nov. 14.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

March 19, 2020

UVM Foundation sets up new fund The UVM Foundation has set up a new fund where alumni can donate to help with the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Pandemic Response Fund was created by President Garimella to make sure the most funds can be used most effectively, accordin...

UVM’s hand sanitizer falls below CDC reccomendations

Hand sanitizer stations like this one are mounted throughout the University. According to the wall mounted cases, the sanitizer does not contain any alcohol despite CDC recommendations.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

March 18, 2020

Amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, UVM has not and will not have CDC recommended hand sanitizer for use throughout the University. In a March 17 email, Gary Derr, Vice President for operations and public safety, stated wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations throughout the University do not contain...

Students advised to bring academic materials home as concerns over the new coronavirus heighten

Students advised to bring academic materials home as concerns over the new coronavirus heighten

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

March 6, 2020

The University has advised students to bring coursework home over spring break in the event that the COVID-19 epidemic worsens and students are prevented from returning as scheduled. Faculty were advised to pass this information along to their students in a March 3 letter from Provost Patricia Prelock. “While...

The sights and sounds of homecoming for Vermont’s presidential candidate

Sen. Bernie Sanders takes the stage in Essex Junction, March 3, 2020.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

March 6, 2020

ESSEX JUNCTION—On a rainy Super Tuesday, thousands of people stood for hours in Essex Junction, Vermont, watching live results on the big screen as presidential primaries across the country were called. All were there for the same reason March 3: to catch a glimpse of Democratic presidential candidate...

VT considers new tobacco restrictions

The ban on flavored tobacco products will go to vote in either late April or mid-May. UVM offers resources to students trying to quit nicotine products, with information available at Living Well.

Maryann Makosiej, Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2020

A controversial push to ban all flavored tobacco products in Vermont has been met with mixed reactions from students, health professionals and tobacco shops alike. The bill, introduced Jan. 14, proposes to ban the sale or possession of flavored cigarettes, flavored electronic cigarettes and flavored substan...

Progressives sweep Burlington Town Meeting Day 2020

Ward 1 winner Zoraya Hightower stands center with Ward 2 winner Max Tracy right. Hightower unseated Independent Sharon Bushor.

Staff Report

March 4, 2020

The Progressive Party has secured a majority on the Burlington City Council after sweeping elections across the city. In Ward 8, predominantly a student ward, Progressive candidate Jane Stromberg unseated five-year incumbent Adam Roof, a Democrat. Meanwhile, in Ward 1, the other ward that encompasses...

Happening now: Live updates from the Bernie Sanders Vermont rally

Happening now: Live updates from the Bernie Sanders Vermont rally

Staff Report

March 3, 2020

ESSEX, VT–Two Cynic reporters have traveled to the Champlain Valley Exposition for the Sen. Bernie Sanders Super Tuesday rally. We will be updating this story. 6:30: As supporters start to file into the room, the room is getting increasingly hot, loud and crowded. Future voter and first ...

Sounds from the polling places: what Ward 8 voters had to say

Seen here is the ward 8 polling place at the Fletcher Free Library.

Staff Report

March 3, 2020

Voters throughout the city of Burlington took to the polls March 3 to make their voices heard. In Ward 8, Democrat incumbent Adam Roof faced off against Jane Stromberg in the race for city council. Here are what the voters had to say on the ground at the Ward 8 polling place, the Fletcher Free Li...

BOT selects new chair and discusses sustainability

Members of the board of trustees prepare for the March 2 meeting where they selected Ron Lumbra to be the new chair and established the new sustainability work group.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

March 2, 2020

UVM’s board of trustees have selected a new chair and agreed to form a new working group to study sustainability, at its March 2 meeting. Ron Lumbra was selected to steer the board. He previously served as vice chair of the board under David Daigle who stepped down as chair last month. Lumbra was...

“A gerrymandered student ward.” How Burlington’s Ward 8 got its shape

Left: a map of the wards the city of Burlington used from 1993 until 2015. 
Right: The new wards adopted by the city.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

February 26, 2020

Five years after the city of Burlington redrew its voting districts, a city councilor who helped make that decision said she’s left with regret. “It felt gross to be a part of it,” said Rachel Siegel, who was a city councilor for Ward 3 at the time. “It was one of the worst experiences of...

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...

Coronavirus halts student’s China study abroad trip

Sophomore Shannon Murphy works on her Chinese homework in a coffee shop, Feb. 9. Murphy was one of two students intending to study abroad in China spring 2020.

Maryann Makosiej, Assistant News Editor

February 13, 2020

Despite a flight booked and bags packed, sophomore Shannon Murphy’s study abroad trip to China was canceled due to deepening concerns about the new, 2019 coronavirus. Murphy was one of two UVM students slated to go to China. Hesitation over the decision to cancel the trips was met with anger as stu...

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