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The religion department building was built in 1891 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

‘What it means to be human:’ religion department defends value to the community following CAS cuts

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 29, 2021

Despite thousands worldwide expressing their anger, UVM has announced its intention to cut one of its core liberal arts departments: religion. During finals week of fall 2021, the UVM community received...

Savanah Tebeau-Sherry

CAS matters more than UVM believes

Carolynn Van Arsdale December 11, 2020

This past Wednesday, when I discovered that my beloved Religion department would be dissolved as a result of the budget cuts to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)… my heart fell into my stomach....

Street signs outside the Davis Center point students and visitors towards different campus buildings outside the Davis Center.

UVM announces plans to cut nearly 30 College of Arts and Sciences degree programs

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter December 3, 2020

UVM has proposed slashing 27 programs in the College of Arts and Sciences in another blow to the College, citing its mounting budgetary deficit of $8.6 million. In two separate emails sent to the UVM...

Street signs outside the Davis Center point students and visitors towards different campus buildings outside the Davis Center.

UVM faculty union and administration reach impasse during budget cuts negotiations

Staff Report October 27, 2020

Facing a nearly $10 million deficit, UVM is looking to cut faculty salaries and benefits in their latest contract proposal.  However, UVM’s faculty union is sounding the alarm, saying these cuts...

The clocktower of the Ira Allen Chapel stands in front of a background of cloudless sky, Oct. 5. The clock currently does not keep the correct time because of mechanical issues.

Prestigious professors concerned about new cuts

Letter to the Editor September 8, 2020

We, the undersigned, are recipients of the University of Vermont’s highest awards for teaching, scholarship, and community commitment. Our group includes winners of the George V. Kidder Outstanding...

Richard Cate introduces the new budget cuts in an email sent to UVM faculty and staff.

UVM budget cuts introduced to faculty and staff

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter June 8, 2020

In response to already present financial challenges worsened by COVID-19, UVM has announced further budget cuts for fiscal year 2021.  Limited state support and a high reliance on out-of-state tuition,...

Protestors gather in the Waterman Parking lot May 14. Waterman is home to the offices of UVM executives including President Suresh Garimella.

Faculty, staff and students protest looming budget cuts imposed by UVM leadership

Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich May 14, 2020

A nearly empty UVM campus erupted with the blasting of car horns as protestors drove their cars around campus, showing solidarity against imposed budget cuts. The rally held May 14 was led by UVM United...

The real nightmare in “Joker” is austerity

The real nightmare in “Joker” is austerity

Chris Harrell, Opinion Columnist November 1, 2019

If you told me a few years ago that the guy that made the “Hangover” movies was going to make a film about the horrors of economic inequality, I would have laughed at you. But that’s exactly what...

Budget cuts end 'All Night' study space in library

Budget cuts end ‘All Night’ study space in library

Cullen Paradis, Staff Writer April 30, 2019

Howe Library will end the All Night Study program in the face of budget cuts, leaving some students without a study space. Administrators decided to close the program after 16 years in an attempt to...

UVM students who attended a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston admire an ancient vase. “The art department, classics department and the classics club all threw money at the trip to make sure it could happen,” associate classics professor Angeline Chiu said.

Students go to Boston to view history

Jonathan Greenberg, Staff Writer April 6, 2019

Mummies, pottery and ancient art are a classicist or archaeologist’s favorite subject. All were found on a recent field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A bus full of students who were...

We have to act if we want to protect quality teaching

We have to act if we want to protect quality teaching

Seth Wade February 21, 2019

Last week, I distributed memes across campus, critiquing Provost David Rosowsky and the rollout of major cuts to the College of Arts and Sciences. Though merely memes, they used facts from UVM’s 2017...

CAS needs to be funded differently

CAS needs to be funded differently

Staff Editorial February 20, 2019

Incentive-based budgeting, or IBB, poses a threat to humanities and other programs and drives infighting instead of looking for other spending choices. IBB, as used by UVM, is similar to running a business....

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