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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...

BREAKING: At least one UVM student has been suspended after breaking COVID policies, says mayor

Mayor Miro Weinberger (left) and Brian Lowe, Burlington’s Chief Innovation Officer (right), discuss UVM's disciplinary policies for breaking COVID-19 rules during a Sept. 2 press briefing over Zoom.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

September 2, 2020

At least one UVM student has been removed from campus for violating state and city COVID-19 policies, the city of Burlington announced in a press briefing today.  At 2 p.m. Sept. 2 Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Brian Lowe, Burlington’s Chief Innovation Officer announced that all Burlington ...

UVM pushes ahead with plans to reopen as Burlington officials, residents and students decry plan

UVM's President Suresh Garimella wears his mask while he waits for the press conference to begin, Aug. 18.

Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich

August 18, 2020

Despite outcry and concerns expressed by Burlington officials, students, and community members, UVM will continue with its reopening plan. At a press conference on Aug. 18, UVM President Suresh Garimella praised the school's reopening plan describing it as one of the most "rigorous and comprehensive plan...

Talking with Jillian Scannell on Town Meeting Day 2020

Talking with Jillian Scannell on Town Meeting Day 2020

Zoe Stern, Stephan Toljan, and David Cabrera

March 5, 2020

Cynic reporters speak with SGA President Jillian Scannell about her City Councilor campaign outside of the Ward 1 polling location on town meeting day.

Program encourages staff to ditch their cars

 A UVM employee parking pass hangs from the rearview mirror of a car in Jeffords parking lot. Parking permits are assigned according to the workplace of the employee.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

March 4, 2020

A program aimed to decrease the use of cars has drawn over 30 UVM faculty and staff to turn in their parking passes this year. During the 6-month program, that starts in September and goes through May, participants take the bus, carpool, bike or walk instead of driving. “The University realized they didn...

Progressives sweep Burlington Town Meeting Day 2020

Ward 1 winner Zoraya Hightower stands center with Ward 2 winner Max Tracy right. Hightower unseated Independent Sharon Bushor.

Staff Report

March 4, 2020

The Progressive Party has secured a majority on the Burlington City Council after sweeping elections across the city. In Ward 8, predominantly a student ward, Progressive candidate Jane Stromberg unseated five-year incumbent Adam Roof, a Democrat. Meanwhile, in Ward 1, the other ward that encompasses...

Sounds from the polling places: what Ward 8 voters had to say

Seen here is the ward 8 polling place at the Fletcher Free Library.

Staff Report

March 3, 2020

Voters throughout the city of Burlington took to the polls March 3 to make their voices heard. In Ward 8, Democrat incumbent Adam Roof faced off against Jane Stromberg in the race for city council. Here are what the voters had to say on the ground at the Ward 8 polling place, the Fletcher Free Li...

A Closer Look – Ward 8

A Closer Look - Ward 8

Jacob Goodwin, Multimedia Reporter

February 28, 2020

What's up with the borders of Ward 8 in Burlington? Here's an interview with Cynic news reporter Lilly Page about her article on the subject.

“A gerrymandered student ward.” How Burlington’s Ward 8 got its shape

Left: a map of the wards the city of Burlington used from 1993 until 2015. 
Right: The new wards adopted by the city.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

February 26, 2020

Five years after the city of Burlington redrew its voting districts, a city councilor who helped make that decision said she’s left with regret. “It felt gross to be a part of it,” said Rachel Siegel, who was a city councilor for Ward 3 at the time. “It was one of the worst experiences of...

Student food pantry opens its doors to all UVM students

Student food pantry opens its doors to all UVM students

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

February 25, 2020

A low barrier, on-campus food pantry for UVM students has opened its doors after nearly two years in the making. Rally Cat’s Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry, opened Feb. 24 in the Hills Agricultural building. The project was started by former SGA President Ethan Foley, a senior, after a study...

The Cynic Reports – Special Voting Edition

The Cynic Reports - Special Voting Edition

Alek Fleury, Managing Editor

February 25, 2020

A gerrymandered student ward and an encouragement to vote.

Women, run for local election

Women, run for local election

Emily Johnston

February 12, 2020

America’s governance needs more women in politics and more people representing younger generations. In 2018, Vermont had the second highest number of female legislators in the country with 39.4%, according to a 2019 Center for American Women in Politics study. In Burlington, five out of 12 city council mem...

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