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The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

An American Airlines plane from Philadelphia lands at the Burlington Airport landing on Jan. 14.

Students face COVID-19 travel hardships

Cameron Provorny, Culture Staff Editor January 17, 2022

UVM’s spring semester started Jan. 18, but with new COVID-19 variants and rising case counts, some students experienced difficulties making their way back to campus. Due to the possibility of canceled...

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UVM to require COVID-19 booster shots for in-person students

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Editor December 22, 2021

All UVM students are required to receive COVID-19 boosters, according to a Dec. 22 email from Patricia Prelock, provost and senior vice president, and Gary Derr, vice president for operations and public...

Cynic Roundup: Thank You for Listening

Kira Schaefer and Nicole Hardy December 6, 2021

Stay up to date with the Cynic Roundup, giving you coverage on the stories you might have missed last week. In this episode, hosts Kira Schaefer and Nicole Hardy close out the semester by summing up...

Cynic Roundup: UVM continues in-person instruction despite high COVID-19 numbers

Kira Schaefer, Podcast Host November 16, 2021

Stay up to date with the Cynic Roundup, giving you coverage on the stories you might have missed in news last week. In this edition, Host Kira Schaefer interviews Cynic writer Eliza Barker on UVM's plans...

Garbage bags full of tissues sit outside of UVMs COVID testing center March 4.

UVM reports highest COVID-19 case count of semester, Vermont reports highest case count since start of pandemic 

Lucille Whittier, Cynic News Reporter October 20, 2021

UVM  reported its highest COVID-19 case count of the semester last week, Oct. 11-17, according to an Oct.19 email from Patricia Prelock, provost and senior vice president.  The University reported...

UVM needs to bring back required testing

UVM needs to bring back required testing

Grace Visco, Opinion Columnist October 15, 2021

During the 2020-21 school year, UVM required COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff, according to UVM’s Green and Gold Promise. They do not now. UVM needs to bring back weekly testing. The...

Staff and faculty should have a vaccination requirement

Staff and faculty should have a vaccination requirement

Rebecca Brady, Opinion Columnist October 14, 2021

Faculty and staff need a vaccination requirement to ensure safety and the continuation of in-person classes. According to a June 9 email from UVM, there is a vaccination requirement for students. This...

Give TikTok a chance, you may find the community “For You”

Give TikTok a chance, you may find the community “For You”

Mallory Klein Valente, Opinion Columnist September 15, 2021

There are many who love to hate on TikTok for being toxic and causing more harm than good.  But TikTok is actually very positive, creating loving and comforting communities.  Whether you’re into...

Students sit close to one another, maskless, in a lecture hall prior to the COVID-19 pandemic November 2019.

BREAKING: UVM announces UVM Forward, the University’s reopening plan for Fall 2021

Ellie Scott, Summer News Editor June 17, 2021

The University of Vermont announced its reopening plan, which eliminates required testing and mask mandates for fully vaccinated individuals effective August 2. The Fall 2021 plan, UVM Forward, was...

A Walgreens employee fills a syringe with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the Patrick Gym May 2.

BREAKING: UVM announces COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all Fall 2021 students

Staff Report June 9, 2021

UVM students will now be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the Fall 2021 semester as soon as the vaccine receives full approval from the Food and Drug Administration.  In a June 9, press...

The covid vaccines may have risks, but we cant be picky during a pandemic

The covid vaccines may have risks, but we can’t be picky during a pandemic

Jordan Spindel, staff writer April 26, 2021

Over the last couple of months, COVID-19 vaccinations have really amped up nationwide, but especially in Vermont, where more than 51% of residents have received at least one dose as of April 25th according...

The family of a prospective student walks through Andrew Harris Commons without observing proper masking protocols April 10.

Photo of the week

Mary McLellan, Staff Photographer April 18, 2021

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