The Vermont Cynic

State Senate’s sole scientist and UVM affiliated professor runs for reelection

Virginia 'Ginny' Lyons is up for reelection in the democratic primary Tuesday, Aug. 11. She has served as a democrat representing Chittenden County since 2000.

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

August 10, 2020

With the democratic primary just one day away, the sole scientist and one of just 10 women currently in the state Senate is vying for re-election. Virginia ‘Ginny’ Lyons, a UVM-affiliated professor and state senator for Chittenden County running for reelection in the Aug. 11 primary, often starts her...

Guest Commentary: Eco-Reps want to help you cope with climate change 

Guest Commentary: Eco-Reps want to help you cope with climate change 

Guest Commentary

April 16, 2020

Editor’s Note: This commentary is by Makayla Salas '20, Eco-Reps writing manager The 50th Earth Day is rapidly approaching, and the UVM Eco-Reps, alongside other partners on campus, are working hard to make the celebration, education, and action events virtual.  This year, Eco-Reps is focusing on a very crucial com...

Climate anxiety goes unspoken

Climate anxiety goes unspoken

Jordan Spindel

March 4, 2020

One of the biggest global issues of our time is climate change. We are just starting to see its effects: droughts, floods and fires. These effects will only get more severe in the future, according to a November 2018 United Nations report. But there is one effect that goes underreported: anxiety an...

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Domestic action has more value

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Domestic action has more value

Chris Harrell

November 21, 2019

I am a dedicated environmentalist. I donate my time and labor to environmental movements, groups and political candidates. But when President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, I did not care in the slightest. And when Trump officially started that...

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Agreement helps accountability

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Agreement helps accountability

Emily Johnston

November 21, 2019

The U.S. officially began its withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Nov. 4. The Paris climate agreement is a landmark accord signed in 2015 by 193 nations in the U.N. General Assembly, with its goal being to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. should stay in the agreement. The U.S.’s ...

Letter to the Editor: Organize UVM to share divesting proposal

Letter to the Editor: Organize UVM to share divesting proposal

Letter to the Editor

October 23, 2019

The climate movement has been gaining necessary momentum over the last few weeks. Climate science doesn’t lie, and people are increasingly acknowledging the urgency of climate change. One of many institutions that are a part of the growing climate crisis is the University of Vermont. UVM prides itself ...

Alumni, push divestment

Alumni, push divestment

Letter to the Editor

October 8, 2019

By Benjamin Silverman '10 I am a 2010 alumnus from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. It was with great displeasure that I read in the Oct.1 Cynic article about how the UVM board of trustees has no intention to move towards fossil fuel divestment. While Richard Cate, who is no...

President works to rebrand SGA

SGA President Jillian Scannell, a senior, smiles while her photo is taken, Sept. 4. After winning the election that produced the biggest voter turnout seen in years, Scannell began her presidency with the intent of making herself more available for all students.

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

September 13, 2019

When SGA President Jillian Scannell, a senior, learned there would be a photographer at her interview, she didn’t know what to wear. She decided to go classic with a UVM T-shirt, showing support for the school. Despite previously being an SGA senator, Scannell never imagined herself being SGA...

Spread environmentalism on campus

Spread environmentalism on campus

Izzy Abraham

May 5, 2019

As conscious newsreaders and tree-huggers UVM students are some of the most environmentally-friendly in the country. Our everyday habits are notably green, and we both boast and joke about how UVM is one of the most compost-friendly campuses around. But how do we spread our impact? How do we make up for the commu...

SGA pushes for a new climate action plan

SGA pushes for a new climate action plan

Zoe Stern, Senior Staff Writer

May 3, 2019

SGA unanimously passed a resolution urging incoming President Suresh Garimella to create a new climate action plan. SGA is concerned the University won’t meet its current goals. The resolution was signed- by SGA April 23 to address the University’s current Climate Action Plan creat...

Say no to single use plastics and fossil fuel

Say no to single use plastics and fossil fuel

Chris Harrell

May 2, 2019

The University of Vermont is known for being green. It’s in our school colors, our environmental sciences and studies programs and our track record for environmentalism. But I’m concerned the University isn’t taking climate change, and the University’s contribution to it, seriously enough. There...

Olympian turns passion into purpose

U.S. Olympian Alex Deibold gives a presentation to UVM students April 10 in the Silver Maple Ballroom. The bronze medalist visited with the non-profit Protect Our Winters which focuses on affecting systematic solutions to climate change.

Bridget Higdon, Culture Editor

April 18, 2019

When U.S. Olympian Alex Deibold isn’t chasing winter around the globe, he spends his days fighting to protect the snow his sport requires. Deibold visited UVM April 10 with representatives from Protect Our Winters. His talk, “Turn Your Passion Into Purpose,” explained how outdoor enthu...

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