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In a historic vote, UVM Board of Trustees unanimously decides to divest from fossil fuels

In a historic vote, UVM Board of Trustees unanimously decides to divest from fossil fuels

Irene Choi and Kate Vanni

July 14, 2020

The UVM Board of Trustees voted unanimously to divest from fossil fuels during a July 14 meeting and announced the decision on the same day.  UVM will immediately end new direct investment in fossil fuels, according to a July 14 email sent by UVM president Suresh Garimella. UVM promises that by ...

UVM will not require standardized test scores for those who apply 2020/2021

UVM will not require standardized test scores for those who apply 2020/2021

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

July 14, 2020

UVM will not be requiring standardized test scores from incoming undergraduate students who apply to UVM in 2020 and 2021.  The University made this change because testing opportunities may have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a page on the UVM website. UVM announced the change on Ju...

Update: Vermont joins the lawsuit against the Trump Administration over ICE’s new rule

Update: Vermont joins the lawsuit against the Trump Administration over ICE's new rule

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 13, 2020

Vermont will be joining the lawsuit to stop the new federal immigration rule, announced today by Vermont’s Attorney General T.J. Donovan. This new rule calls for the deportation of international students if their school is forced to function online-only. Eighteen other attorney generals have formed ...

UVM Senior Lecturer Thomas Chittenden runs for Vermont State Senate

UVM Senior Lecturer Thomas Chittenden runs for Vermont State Senate

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

July 13, 2020

Four years after initially thinking of running for the Vermont State Senate, South Burlington City Councilor Thomas Chittenden feels ready to make a bid for the Chittenden County Senate Seat.  In the race for state senate, Chittenden and 13 other Democratic candidates will be on the ballot for the democ...

Over 600 UVM students could face deportation after new Trump administration rule

Rain pours down on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Law Enforcement Support Center  in Williston, Vermont July 8. This building is the

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 11, 2020

Roughly 671 UVM students may be subject to deportation if UVM is forced to switch to an entirely online semester for Fall 2020 due to a new policy from the Trump administration. The most recent immigration policy announced by the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program on July 6 states that any co...

All students returning to campus fall 2020 must sign UVM’s Green and Gold Promise, released today

All students returning to campus fall 2020 must sign UVM’s Green and Gold Promise, released today

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 8, 2020

UVM students must sign the Green and Gold Promise if they decide to participate in on-campus learning for fall 2020 according to the July 2 email from UVM's Provost.  The promise is a form students will fill out to prove their intentions of following COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. It was i...

Students protest deadline for selecting at-home learning, four days later UVM extends it

UVM Junior Julianne Lesch looking over the form for selecting at-home learning July 8.

Kate Vanni and Irene Choi

July 8, 2020

Four days after UVM students protested the deadline for selecting at-home learning, UVM’s Provost sent an email stating the deadline will be extended another two days. In a July 2 email, students received a detailed plan for the re-opening of campus Fall 2020, which included an option for stude...

Former City Council member Adam Roof runs for State Senate

City Councilor Adam Roof embraces a supporter at the Democratic election-day party, March 3. Roof lost the election to Jane Stromberg, a member of the Progressive party.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

July 6, 2020

Three months after losing his Ward 8 City Council seat to newcomer Jane Stromberg, Adam Roof is ready for his next step in politics, campaigning to be Chittenden Country’s State Senator.  Roof was the incumbent for the City Council race, which took place in March, and he acknowledges he has le...

UVM announces detailed fall 2020 plan where students can choose between online learning and in person learning

Cars drive on College Street as Lake Champlain reflects the last rays of the sun, all seen from the belfry of Old Mill, Oct. 24. The journey up to the top of the building starts with a locked door, and after many steps, ends with walking up through the floor of the belfry.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 3, 2020

UVM is allowing students to choose between returning to on-campus learning and strictly at home online learning for fall 2020 by July 15. In an email sent out July 2 Patricia Prelock, UVM’s Provost, explained in detail what the return to campus will look like in fall 2020. The email describes how ...

UPDATE: After 36 days of emails gone unheard, Physical Plant and ResLife provide air conditioning

Shuvan Shrestha standing outside of University Heights North June 24.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 2, 2020

After one UVM student spent 36 days emailing Physical Plant and ResLife, UVM will be providing air conditioning for students in emergency housing. A Physical Plant employee arrived at Shuvan Shrestha's room at 8:17 p.m. to install an air conditioning unit. "For now, I'm a bit worried if the AC ...

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: Need a fan? We’ll get you one.

A collage of 30 emails that were exchanged between a UVM student and the University of Vermont during the student's attempt to make their living situation better.

Sawyer Loftus, Editor-in-Chief

July 1, 2020

On July 1, the Vermont Cynic published an article detailing the conditions students who remain in emergency housing are living through.  These students are not on campus by choice.  They had no alternatives. Regardless of price, or any obstacle, the University of Vermont must care for these s...

Students sleeping outside, custodial staff throwing up: the story of UVM emergency housing without air conditioning

Shuvan Shrestha a senior standing in front of his dorm room June 24. He is the only student living in University Heights North.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 1, 2020

 After three months of living in emergency housing, the 30 students who remain on campus have begun sleeping outside to escape what one UVM employee described as “life-threatening” heat. “The Physical Plant employee who I spoke with on the phone said my condition was life-threatening because...

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