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UVM health director quietly resigns after a year on the job

Dr. Harry Chen, Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing
Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor January 29, 2020

The executive director of UVM’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and the University’s chief public health officer has stepped down from his role.  Harry Chen, former Commissioner of Health for the...

With the help of sticky notes, student overcomes nicotine addiction

Sophomore Josh De Velis sits in front of his window of sticky notes that reads, “Nic Free Official,” Jan. 23. Ninety nine percent of tobacco users start smoking before the age of 26, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.
Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter January 28, 2020

With the help of blue sticky notes on the window of his suite, a sophomore managed to quit his nicotine addiction. The window of sophomore Josh De Velis’ Living/Learning Center suite displayed a tally...

Nearly half of enrolled Vermonters attend UVM tuition free

An employee of the Student Financial Services office sits behind their desk, Jan. 15. The office is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Monday through Friday.
Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter January 23, 2020

UVM, the flagship public university of Vermont, has one of the highest in-state tuition rates among U.S. state universities. Across the board, Vermont public colleges and universities, including UVM,...

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...

UVM chief public health officer quietly leaves after one year on the job

Dr. Harry Chen, Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing
Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor January 21, 2020

The executive director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing and chief public health officer for UVM has stepped down from his role.  Dr. Harry Chen, who is a former commissioner of health for the...

From the news desk: a look back at our top stories from 2019

From the news desk: a look back at our top stories from 2019
Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor January 2, 2020

The Vermont Cynic News team is often on the ground running. Our reporters are out gathering information, crafting stories, developing sources and editing content. There isn't always a moment to reflect...

UVM Police Chief returns from unexplained leave in new position

UVM Police Chief returns from unexplained leave in new position
Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor December 18, 2019

Former UVM Police Chief Lianne Tuomey has been back on campus for over a month, but in a new role, following an unexplained four-month leave.  Tuomey took a voluntary leave of absence on July 11 from...

A campus divided: students split over free trip to Israel and Palestinian territories

A campus divided: students split over free trip to Israel and Palestinian territories
Emma Pinezich and Sawyer Loftus December 5, 2019
One year ago, UVM Hillel, a Jewish student group, was offered funds for a trip to Israel and Palestine territories.  The source of that funding came under fire from student activists supportive of Palestine and remains criticized a year later.   

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...

Environmentalist Bill McKibben tells UVM to divest

Environmentalist Bill McKibben addressed a crowd of about 200 hundred students Dec. 2 at UVM. McKibben said UVM needs to divest from fossil fuels.
Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor December 3, 2019

One of the most famous American environmentalists urged UVM to divest from fossil fuels during a talk to hundreds at UVM about the climate crisis.  Over 200 students and members of the community gathered...

UVM President unveils plan to freeze tuition

President Suresh Garimella addresses assembled media at a press conference, Nov. 14.
Sawyer Loftus, News & Sports Editor November 18, 2019

UVM President Suresh Garimella said he plans to push the board of trustees to approve a tuition freeze for the 2020-21 school year.  This would be the first move of its kind in 40 years of UVM history,...

No charges for Burlington police officer in use of force case

Douglas Kilburn's son, Tyler (left), and widow, Sherry (right) embrace after Tyler made a statement to the press Nov. 8. Tyler asked the public to remember his father was more than just a few seconds of body camera footage.
Sawyer Loftus, News Editor November 11, 2019

A Burlington police officer will not face charges after he punched a man in the head, resulting in the man’s death, ruled the Vermont Attorney General. Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced...

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