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Plastic water bottle ban remains sore spot

Plastic water bottle ban remains sore spot

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

2 days ago

Despite six years passing since UVM banned the sale of bottled water, the ban’s origin and impact remains controversial. The ban, intended as an act of investment into local water, may have caused students to drink more sugary beverages and buy more plastic, single-use containers, according to the UV...

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

3 days ago

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.   

Icy waters don’t stop students

Icy waters don’t stop students

Julianne Lesch, Cynic News Reporter

3 days ago

Snow falling and 30-degree temperatures on a brisk Wednesday morning didn’t stop 17 UVM students from jumping into Lake Champlain. This occurrence, which happens two to three times each week, was started by two international students studying abroad at UVM. Alexander Asplund is from Sweden and E...

SGA explores adding a third branch of student government

SGA explores adding a third branch of student government

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

3 days ago

SGA’s Constitution Committee will explore how to add an additional judicial branch to handle internal SGA conflicts.  Senior Zach Merson, speaker of the senate and chair of the Constitution Committee, brought the idea of the addition to the entire SGA Nov. 19. Merson said currently there are on...

SGA senator selected to represent students and Burlington residents

SGA senator selected to represent students and Burlington residents

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

3 days ago

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 Affairs, was the second elected member from Ward 8. “Each ward has their own Neighborhood ...

Environmentalist Bill McKibben tells UVM to divest

Environmentalist Bill McKibben tells UVM to divest

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

4 days ago

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 at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Davis Center to hear author and environmentalist Bill McKibben dis...

Senior hits stride in final XC season

Senior hits stride in final XC season

Aryanna Ramsaran, Cynic Sports Reporter

5 days ago

Most runners feel some kind of enjoyment each time they hit a personal record. For senior Phoebe Koski, hitting a personal record feels sparkly. “It feels good,” Koski said. “It’s kind of sparkly. I don’t know.” The UVM men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Buffalo, New ...

Fact check: is UVM cutting classes?

Fact check: is UVM cutting classes?

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

5 days ago

Posted on a cluttered Davis Center board, a poster with the image of a hand maneuvering a puppet has a message in white text with a red background strewn across its top. “Don’t be their puppet,” lays across the top, written in all capital letters , waiting for wandering student eyes. This poster and ...

UVM business administration student dies after stabbing

UVM business administration student dies after stabbing

Staff Report, Cynic News Staff

November 22, 2019

A UVM student who was stabbed in his hometown Nov. 19 has died from his injuries, according to a Nov. 21 email from Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs. UVM undergraduate student Nicolas “Cole” Kern was stabbed Nov. 19 in his hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts, during a drug dea...

$1.6M of green fund unused

$1.6M of green fund unused

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

November 22, 2019

Despite the fact that over 10,000 students are eligible to submit proposals to the Clean Energy Fund, only four did last semester. Due to the lack of participation, SGA is hoping to restructure the language of the fund so that more students submit proposals. SGA President Jillian Scannell, a senior, is working ...

Ice skating clubs form community at UVM

Ice skating clubs form community at UVM

Anya Kauffman, Cynic Sports Writer

November 21, 2019

At half-time each UVM hockey game, jerseys and pucks are replaced with glimmery leotards and patterned medleys of leaps and jumps. Students might be familiar with the UVM Figure Skating Club from their elaborate mid-hockey game sets. These sets are performed by the UVM Ice Cats, who are only one-t...

Men’s soccer loses championship bid

Men’s soccer loses championship bid

Hayley Rosen, Cynic Sports Reporter

November 20, 2019

Despite UVM men’s soccer team dominating the University of Hartford’s half of Virtue Field Nov. 13, the Cats dropped the match during the first overtime period. Battling cold weather and a recent snowfall, the Cats donned gold jerseys. While the Catamounts dominated possession of the ball, the ...

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