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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: The killing of independent student media at UVM

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: The killing of independent student media at UVM

Sawyer Loftus, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

“It’s a dangerous thing to start a paper.” As I read these words etched across a March 1883 edition of the Burlington Clipper, a weekly newspaper that used to run in the Queen City, the words echoed throughout my head. This line comes at the end of a bit of news. Students at the Universi...

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...

ResLife dismisses RAs’ plea for hazard pay and more COVID-19 protection

ResLife dismisses RAs' plea for hazard pay and more COVID-19 protection

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

September 18, 2020

Frustrated with the lack of protection and guidelines for COVID-19 situations, a group of anonymous RAs sent a list of demands to the director of ResLife.   Three days later, they received a response that was “vague and frustrating,” according to one RA, that made no commitments to change any ResLife ru...

Proposed Spring calendar pushes back start date to Feb. 1, eliminates Spring break

Signage on the door of a UVM residence hall reminds community members of the school's COVID-19 rules, including social distancing and the buildings' new no-guest policy.

Ella Ruehsen and Emma Pinezich

September 18, 2020

Students may not have spring break and classes could start as late as Feb. 1, according to a proposed Spring calendar approved by the academic branch of UVM’s coronavirus task force. UVMStrong’s Faculty and Academic Affairs working group unanimously endorsed a proposed resolution for the Sprin...

Weekly COVID testing to continue through November, UVM President says

UVM students stand in a long line outside of the Davis center Covid testing site, Sept. 10.

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

September 17, 2020

UVM will continue mandatory COVID-19 testing for students through the beginning of November, the University announced just days before student testing was set to expire. Before UVM President Suresh Garimella announced the extension in a Sept. 16 email, weekly testing was slated to end Friday, Sept. 18...

COVID-19 at UVM: Despite new cases among students, overall positivity rate remains low

In the second week of the semester, students trickle into the Davis Center for their mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.

Staff Report

September 17, 2020

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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 joined Governor Phil Scott’s biweekly press briefing remotely for 30 minutes Tuesday to s...

‘You can’t put reins on kids’: Hundreds gather on Redstone Green as cops watch, unsure how to act

A group of students sit together on the Redstone Green, Sept. 11. Students had gathered in large groups several days before over Labor Day weekend, drawing UVM Police to the scene.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

September 16, 2020

As the midnight moon cast down on the Redstone Green Sept. 6, two UVM police officers watched as a group of 150 students openly violated the University’s strict COVID-19 social conduct policy.  Despite UVM’s Green and Gold Promise which mandates 6-foot social distancing and caps outdoor gathe...

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: Why we didn’t blur photos of protestors

The protestors split themselves and handed signs bearing the names of three Burlington Police Officers to all white protestors while the BIPOC protestors were given signs bearing the names of victims of police brutality Sep. 1.

Sawyer Loftus, Editor-in-Chief

September 14, 2020

In the Vermont Cynic’s second issue we devoted three pages to covering and showing protests against police brutality that have been occurring in downtown Burlington. Since those photos were uploaded to the web and spread on social media, some people have expressed concerns over the safety of protestors...

Two weeks, three officers, zero action.

Two weeks, three officers, zero action.

Emma Pinezich, News Editor

September 8, 2020

For 13 consecutive days, UVM students have blocked roads, marched down streets and disrupted downtown Burlington as part of a multi-day non-stop protest calling for the firing of three Burlington Police officers. As the protests continue and stretch into the third week, UVM students have rout...

Leader, activist and caregiver: Meet Noel Riby-Williams

Noel Ruby-Williams sits on a porch in the home of the children she nannies for in Montpelier, Vermont.

Kate Vanni, Layout and Illustrations Editor

September 4, 2020

A smile crept over Noel Riby-Williams’ face as the three kids she nannies tapped on the window and peeked through the blinds, watching her throughout the interview. Sitting on the porch, Riby-Williams, a UVM junior, relayed her past experiences that detail the impact she has had on Montpelier, Ver...

Hundreds of UVM students joined Burlington protest in outcry for firing of BPD cops

Hundreds of protesters raised their right fist as organizers spoke outside Burlington City Hall Wednesday night in a call for racial justice and an end to police violence.

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor

September 3, 2020

Masses of UVM students joined community members as they marched down Church street wearing all black Wednesday night chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ in the eighth day of protest calling for police reform in Burlington. Hundreds of young Burlington community members joined the multi-day protest dur...

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