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Class of 2020 left in the dark over postponed commencement ceremony

Former UVM seniors watch a virtual graduation May 17. Two months after UVM was supposed to
release students’ graduation plans, the University has refused to say when the ceremony will occur.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

October 14, 2020

Commencement for the class of 2020 has yet to happen, and despite promises from the administration to release a plan by August, the class of recent grads has been left in the dark.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, UVM was forced to close campus during spring break. As a result, UVM postponed the in...

UVM student looks to quell quarantine concerns through TikTok

Sophomore Sam Joyner posted a video on TikTok for his second day in isolation after going to his sister's wedding, sharing what food UVM gave him.

Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter

October 14, 2020

It’s almost a normal weekday for Sophomore Sam Joyner, except today he’s sitting alone in a hallway of empty dorm rooms accompanied only by people in hazmat suits, making TikToks to offer a glimpse into his life during isolation. Although UVM has outlined some procedures online about what UVM...

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...

COVID-19 at UVM: One off-campus student tests positive in week 6 of the semester

A sign directs students to testing Sept. 25.

Staff Report

October 13, 2020

Oct. 5, 2020: UVM reported two positive cases, one on-campus student and one off campus student, in the 4,851 test results received between Oct. 1 and Oct. 4. UVM has revised their reporting cycle, now updating the numbers on their COVID-19 dashboard on the Monday of every week.

Letter to the editor: Open letter from alumnx to UVM administration regarding campus climate

Letter to the editor: Open letter from alumnx to UVM administration regarding campus climate

Letter to the Editor

October 12, 2020

October 5, 2020    Dear President Garimella, Leadership Team, Board of Trustees, President’s Commission, Shared Governance Advisory Councils, and University of Vermont Community,  As two powerful womxn of color alumnx of the Higher Education and Student Affairs program and educators...

White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator praises UVM, cautions potential outbreaks

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, addresses gathered media in the Grand Maple Ball Room at UVM Oct. 10. Birx praised the University and Vermont's response to the virus.

Alek Fleury, Managing Editor

October 10, 2020

In a visit to the University of Vermont’s campus Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Response Coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force praised the University and the states’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, while warning of how quickly low positivity rates can change if the state becomes...

UVM will offer in-person and at-home learning for the spring semester

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

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

October 9, 2020

UVM will again offer both at-home and in-person learning options for spring 2021, and will continue to require regular COVID testing throughout the semester.  UVM Provost Patricia Prelock announced the plans and changes for the spring semester in an Oct. 8 email to students.  “Your hard work...

Experts expect high UVM voter turnout, despite historic lows in college voter turnout

 Data sourced from the University of Vermont’s student geographic origin records.

Kate Vanni, Layout and Illustrations Editor

October 8, 2020

Across the United States, college students lag behind in voting, including at UVM. But experts in Vermont say this election could be different.  Falling 5% below the national average, UVM’s undergraduate voting rate in 2016 was 42.8% according to a study done by the National Study of Learning, Vo...

Advocates concerned over changes in UVM’s sexual assault policy

Advocates concerned over changes in UVM's sexual assault policy

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

October 7, 2020

Correction: This article was updated at 9:28 a.m. Oct. 8 to correct a previous error. UVM will continue to investigate off-campus sexual assault cases through the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. The Cynic apologizes for these errors.  New guidelines from the Trump administratio...

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...

Admin reverses faculty pay cuts after months of community outcry

The Waterman building located on the corner of South Prospect Street and College Street stands with nobody around it, Sept. 30. Waterman is the largest academic building on campus.

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor

October 7, 2020

UVM has reversed faculty pay and workload cuts originally issued in the Spring following months of pushback from UVM’s faculty and students. The reversal in policy will bring roughly 63 lecturers back to full pay and workload, while three remain “partially restored,” according to a Sept. 30 SevenDays art...

UVM cancels spring study abroad

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

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor

October 1, 2020

For the second semester in a row, study abroad programs have been canceled at UVM due to travel risks and restrictions brought on by COVID-19.  The decision to cancel study abroad for Spring 2021 was announced in a Sept. 30 email from the office of the Provost, signed by Kim Howard, director office ...

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