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Burlington’s sole African Market faces uncertain future

Patience Bannerman, the owner of the market, seen inside her store.
Payton Kurrle, Features Staff Writer November 26, 2020

Patience Bannerman sits at her checkout counter, conversing with a customer. In front of her are Stockfish Bits and homemade donuts, behind her are mannequins with a variety of colored wigs.  The Mawuhi...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Cynic Reports – Special Voting Edition

Alek Fleury, Managing Editor February 25, 2020

A gerrymandered student ward and an encouragement to vote.

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