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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The monitor in Billings-Ira Allen lecture hall displays a UVM screen saver Feb. 24. The empty lecture hall is where Associate professor and Directory of Graduate Studies Jacques Bailly teaches his in-person classes this semester.

An academic ‘persecution:’ The death of classics at UVM

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter March 15, 2021

When UVM was founded in 1791, the study of classics was a cornerstone of every student's academic experience.  Now,  200 years later, UVM plans to terminate the department, saying goodbye to one of...

Trustees gather for their Oct. 26, 2019 meeting.

More cuts across colleges may come, says UVM board of trustees

Staff Report February 8, 2021

More cuts to majors, minors and departments may come after UVM’s board of trustees pushed forward with plans Friday to reevaluate low-enrollment programs across the University. During the board’s...

Three study tips by way of Capitol Hill

Three study tips by way of Capitol Hill

Abby Robins August 30, 2019

As summer ends, I have been reflecting on my experience working as a legislative intern in Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office on Capitol Hill. I had opportunities to attend briefings, write memoranda for senior...

Seth Wade, a member of the Coalition for Student and Faculty Rights, speaks at the Feb. 26 NoNames For Justice rally in Waterman. The Coalition has voiced support for humanities departments after cuts to faculty.

Activist group challenges administration

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer March 6, 2019

A student activist group has released its list of demands aimed at the University administration. The Coalition for Student and Faculty Rights was created by students in support of United Academics, the...

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....

A portrait of UVM graduate John Dewey, a philosopher and proponent of an education as a means of social reform, overlooks the John Dewey Lounge as sophomore Charlotte Looby delivers an impassioned speech Feb. 5 at a United Academics meeting.

The Changing Face of UVM: Students and faculty take a stand against budget cuts

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes February 19, 2019

Faculty and student outcry has followed cuts in certain College of Arts and Sciences’ programs due to declining enrollment. The faculty union, United Academics, held a teach-in Feb. 14 in front of Howe...

Students, stand up with United Academics

Students, stand up with United Academics

Letter to the Editor February 14, 2019

The John Dewey Lounge was packed Feb. 4 as UVM’s faculty union, United Academics, addressed the crowd of students, teachers and other community members. Two senior lecturers from the College of Arts...

Variation is value is CAS

Variation is value is CAS

Staff Editorial January 30, 2019

Not all degrees are created equal. In October 2018, CAS changed degree requirements for all majors, dropping required credit hours to 30 while increasing the maximum amount of credits students can take...

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Campaign calls for Arabic class offerings

Julianne Lesch, Staff Writer January 23, 2019

A UVM student is fighting to bring Arabic back to campus since no formal classes have been taught since 2017. Khalid AlMubarak, a continuing education student and native Arabic speaker, is now offering...

President Tom Sullivan and trustees convene at the board of trustees fall meeting Oct. 27. An anonymous email sent to UVM promises rallies and riots over the universitys lack of funding for arts and humanities.

Anonymous letter calls for more humanities funding

Sawyer Loftus , Assistant Breaking News Editor December 7, 2018

An anonymous email has been sent to UVM promising rallies and riots over funding for arts and humanities. Several pictures of an email were posted Nov. 29 on a popular UVM parents Facebook page. The...

New advisory council announced

New advisory council announced

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor October 22, 2018

The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking applicants for a new advisory in partnership with the Student Government Association. CAS is seeking 12 undergraduate students to join the newly appointed...

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