The Vermont Cynic

UVM Athletics confirms multiple positive COVID-19 tests and at least one active case

Anthony Lamb making a basket

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

August 4, 2020

Two unidentified members of UVM Athletics have tested positive for COVID-19 and one case remains active, according to an Aug. 4 UVM Athletics press release. Although UVM Athletics did not provide further detail on who has tested positive, only two teams can currently practice— Men's and Women's...

Breaking down UVM’s May 2020 budget request to the state of Vermont

Breaking down UVM's May 2020 budget request to the state of Vermont

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 20, 2020

The University of Vermont requested $15,046,457 in COVID-19 relief funds from Vermont’s House Appropriations Committee in May along with $72,750,000 for non-COVID expenses. The following graphs illustrate the summary of out-of-pocket expenses that the university incurred from COVID-19, expects to incur ...

Roughly 141 student-athletes are stripped of their normal seasons due to COVID-19

Men’s soccer forward Rasmus Tobinski, a first-year, heads the ball over the head of an Iona College player, Sept. 6. Tobinski hails from Kiel, Germany.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 18, 2020

America East announced the postponement of fall sports for the fall semester on July 17 affecting roughly 141 UVM fall student-athletes. The league has postponed competition and championship events for fall sports which at UVM includes soccer, cross country and field hockey. The conference states...

Over 600 UVM students could face deportation after new Trump administration rule

Rain pours down on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Law Enforcement Support Center  in Williston, Vermont July 8. This building is the

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 11, 2020

Roughly 671 UVM students may be subject to deportation if UVM is forced to switch to an entirely online semester for Fall 2020 due to a new policy from the Trump administration. The most recent immigration policy announced by the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program on July 6 states that any co...

UVM announces detailed fall 2020 plan where students can choose between online learning and in person learning

Cars drive on College Street as Lake Champlain reflects the last rays of the sun, all seen from the belfry of Old Mill, Oct. 24. The journey up to the top of the building starts with a locked door, and after many steps, ends with walking up through the floor of the belfry.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 3, 2020

UVM is allowing students to choose between returning to on-campus learning and strictly at home online learning for fall 2020 by July 15. In an email sent out July 2 Patricia Prelock, UVM’s Provost, explained in detail what the return to campus will look like in fall 2020. The email describes how ...

UPDATE: After 36 days of emails gone unheard, Physical Plant and ResLife provide air conditioning

Shuvan Shrestha standing outside of University Heights North June 24.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 2, 2020

After one UVM student spent 36 days emailing Physical Plant and ResLife, UVM will be providing air conditioning for students in emergency housing. A Physical Plant employee arrived at Shuvan Shrestha's room at 8:17 p.m. to install an air conditioning unit. "For now, I'm a bit worried if the AC ...

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: Need a fan? We’ll get you one.

A collage of 30 emails that were exchanged between a UVM student and the University of Vermont during the student's attempt to make their living situation better.

Sawyer Loftus, Editor-in-Chief

July 1, 2020

On July 1, the Vermont Cynic published an article detailing the conditions students who remain in emergency housing are living through.  These students are not on campus by choice.  They had no alternatives. Regardless of price, or any obstacle, the University of Vermont must care for these s...

Students sleeping outside, custodial staff throwing up: the story of UVM emergency housing without air conditioning

Shuvan Shrestha a senior standing in front of his dorm room June 24. He is the only student living in University Heights North.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

July 1, 2020

 After three months of living in emergency housing, the 30 students who remain on campus have begun sleeping outside to escape what one UVM employee described as “life-threatening” heat. “The Physical Plant employee who I spoke with on the phone said my condition was life-threatening because...

UVM’s men’s basketball game spread COVID-19 to 16 fans

UVM's men's basketball game spread COVID-19 to 16 fans

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

June 29, 2020

COVID-19’s spread throughout Vermont may have been aided by A March 10 UVM basketball game, according to a VTDigger article.  According to the Jun 10 article, 16 people had COVID-19 symptoms after attending the game, three of which later died from the virus. Among those three was Dave Reissig, a...

UVM announces plan for a safe return to on-campus operations in Fall 2020

Screenshot of email from Surseh Garimella

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

June 15, 2020

UVM is making preparations for a full return to campus for the fall 2020 semester despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  The UVM Board of Trustees has approved recommended strategies made by the UVMStrong Fall 2020 Advisory Committee, a committee working towards a safe return to campus in Augu...

COVID-19 testing available to UVM students on campus

COVID-19 testing site set up by the national guard to the right of the Waterman building June 4.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

June 4, 2020

COVID-19 tests will be available on campus to UVM students returning to Vermont in June so that they do not have to travel to get tested.  UVM is collaborating with the Vermont Department of Health and members of the Vermont National Guard to provide students with testing in the Waterman building parkin...

Construction workers patch up new Multi-purpose center project

Construction workers work on the Multi-purpose center May 26.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

June 3, 2020

Construction workers have to start patching up the new Multi-purpose center project to make sure that the gym is usable for Fall 2020.  Because construction on the Multi-purpose center is suspended for the time being, construction workers will have to replace everything that was removed so that stude...

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