The Vermont Cynic

Students demand change amid claims that UVM Athletics mishandled sexual assault investigation

Junior Kendall Ware stands in her Vermont Swimming and Diving shirt in front of the Patrick Gym, Oct. 9. Ware will be graduating this year to enter a Speech Pathology grad program at UVM.

Hayley Rosen and Emma Pinezich

October 13, 2020

Nearly two weeks after UVM Junior Kendall Ware came forward about UVM Athletic Department’s gross mishandling of her sexual assault investigation, students are calling for systemic change, asking for the director of athletics to resign. Ware and seven other female athletes from other universities are...

UVM Hockey hires new coach despite University-wide hiring freeze

Head Coach Todd Woodcroft stands with Assistant Coach Stephen Wielder on the UVM ice rink holding hockey sticks.

Hayley Rosen, Assistant Sports Editor

October 7, 2020

Despite budgetary shortfalls and dozens of unfilled job openings across the University due to a hiring freeze, UVM Men’s Hockey has added two new coaches onto payroll with a combined yearly salary well over $150,000. UVM Athletics and UVM finance said the decision to override the hiring freeze was ba...

Club sports cleared to start practicing with restrictions

The UVM swimming pool lays empty and still in the Patrick Gym, Sept. 17.

Hayley Rosen, Assistant Sports Editor

September 25, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions have brought one unexpected win to UVM students: club sports seem to be functioning better than many of the athletes could have expected, and for some even more than they’d experienced in past seasons. Club sports teams were cleared to start practicing mid-last week, marking a...

Student-athletes raise BLM flag without permission, demanding racial justice reform from UVM

UVM Student-Athletes of Color Affinity Group raised the Black Lives Matter flag without permission outside Patrick Gym Sept. 12, rejecting the University's excuses for removing the flag from the Davis Center.

Hayley Rosen, Assistant Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

A group of UVM student-athletes raised the Black Lives Matter flag without permission last week and demanded the administration implement a list of University-wide racial justice reforms.  UVM Student-Athletes of Color Affinity Group raised the flag outside UVM's Patrick Gym Saturday, Sept. 12 fol...

First-year athletes confront semester of unknowns as they await first week of practice

Fans fill the bleachers of Patrick Gym to watch the men’s basketball team play against Brown University in Oct. 2019.

Hayley Rosen, Assistant Sports Editor

September 10, 2020

Under normal circumstances, first-year soccer player Jake Vitale and his team would have been practicing and conditioning for weeks, and have already played at least a few games.  But, Vitale said he hasn’t even met all his team members yet and workouts, for a season already supposed to be in ...

Patrick gym now requires reservations for students to use facilities, among other COVID-19 changes

The Gucciardi Fitness center, usually bustling with students, sits empty days before students arrive to campus.

Hayley Rosen, Cynic Sports Reporter

September 3, 2020

The University of Vermont athletic complex will be open for students this semester, but will now require reservations, in addition to social distancing and masks at all times.  Campus Recreation has updated the rules for all fitness areas on campus to comply with Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s set of ...

COVID changes how club sports will operate this fall

COVID changes how club sports will operate this fall

Hayley Rosen, Cynic Sports Reporter

August 11, 2020

Club sports cannot travel to compete based on new Vermont state regulations regarding travel restrictions and social distancing requirements effective through December 15, 2020. According to the UVM Clubs website, there are on average 60 club sports teams present on campus each year with 1,800 pa...

UVM Athletics confirms multiple positive COVID-19 tests and at least one active case

Anthony Lamb making a basket

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

August 4, 2020

Two unidentified members of UVM Athletics have tested positive for COVID-19 and one case remains active, according to an Aug. 4 UVM Athletics press release. Although UVM Athletics did not provide further detail on who has tested positive, only two teams can currently practice— Men's and Women's...

Roughly 141 student-athletes are stripped of their normal seasons due to COVID-19

Men’s soccer forward Rasmus Tobinski, a first-year, heads the ball over the head of an Iona College player, Sept. 6. Tobinski hails from Kiel, Germany.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 18, 2020

America East announced the postponement of fall sports for the fall semester on July 17 affecting roughly 141 UVM fall student-athletes. The league has postponed competition and championship events for fall sports which at UVM includes soccer, cross country and field hockey. The conference states...

Economist, lecturer, Ironman

Stapleton and his daughter run during an Olympic Triathlon at Lake Dunmore in 2018.

Alek Fleury, Managing Editor

April 27, 2020

With 2.4 miles of swimming and 112 miles of biking behind him and a 26.22 mile run in front of him, CDAE lecturer Kevin Stapleton, in his first Ironman Triathlon at Lake Placid, laced up his running shoes and took off. As a former swimmer, he likes that leg of the race and as someone whose weekend-lo...

New men’s hockey coach set to infuse excitement in program

Todd Woodcroft, left, is the new head coach of the UVM men's hockey team. He is slated to start the position May 1.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

April 22, 2020

UVM men’s hockey fans and players alike can expect a new attitude and mentality under the team’s new NHL trained coach. UVM has hired the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets’ assistant coach Todd Woodcroft. He is slated to start the position May 1, UVM Athletics Director Jeff Schulman said. Woodcroft,...

UVM picks NHL assistant coach as new men’s hockey coach

UVM men’s hockey won their first game of the season Oct. 5, The Cats won the game 6-1.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

April 15, 2020

UPDATE 10:20 p.m. April 15: UVM Athletics has officially named Todd Woodcroft as the next head coach of UVM's men's hockey team, according to an April 15 press release. UVM Athletics notified the media of the decision late Tuesday day night after news broke of an offer earlier in the day. ...

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