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Saint Michael’s College goes temporarily remote following student outbreak

A banner flies outside an empty Saint Michael's College. The school temporarily shifted to remote schooling following an outbreak of what is now 29 COVID-19 cases.

Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter

October 27, 2020

Less than three miles from UVM’s campus, Saint Michael's College in Colchester is confronting a COVID-19 outbreak, prompting school officials to move to entirely remote learning for the time being. 29 students have tested positive for the virus since Oct. 9, according to Saint Michael’s College...

UVM varsity sports to resume play starting next month

The men's basketball team huddles together before a game in February 2017.

Hayley Rosen, Assistant Sports Editor

October 27, 2020

UVM fall and winter sports teams will soon return to gameplay after season resumption plans were announced by America East, ending indefinite season delays due to the pandemic.  America East, which consists of eight schools across the Northeast including UVM, announced the conference’s resumption p...

UVM Medical Center and Medical School selected as testing site for COVID-19 vaccine

UVM Medical Center stands on UVM's campus April 22. The Center, which has treated COVID patients since the beginning of the pandemic, will now be a vaccine trial site.

News Staff

October 27, 2020

The UVM Medical Center and the Larner College of Medicine will be a trial site for a COVID-19 vaccine, according to an all-staff email from UVMMC President and CEO John Brumsted. The medical center and school were selected by the vaccine producers Oxford University and AstraZeneca and the trial will...

COVID-19 at UVM: Three positive cases reported over past three weeks

A sign directs students to testing Sept. 25.

Staff Report

October 27, 2020

Oct. 20, 2020: Only one person tested positive for COVID-19 at UVM between Oct. 12 and Oct. 18, according to the University’s weekly testing report. 

Ski resorts grapple with COVID restrictions

Ski resorts grapple with COVID restrictions

Liz Chadwick, Feature Staff Writer

October 22, 2020

Last March, Vermont’s ski mountains were suddenly empty.  As the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the world, crowds of skiers made their last descent and packed up their gear, unaware not only of their ski season’s abrupt end, but of the next season looking fundamentally different. Many o...

Administrators announce change in spring semester plans for remote students

Executive Director of Residential life Rafael Rodriguez presents options for student wishing to stay on
campus during Spring Break, over Teams Oct. 12.

Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter

October 21, 2020

UVMStrong’s recently announced plans for the spring semester have caused concerns about what a greater influx of students returning to Burlington next semester will mean for COVID-19 safety.  UVM administrators held a virtual Q&A session Oct. 12, discussing the University’s plans for the s...

UVM needs to help us keep our promise

UVM needs to help us keep our promise

Sophie Oehler, Opinion Columnist

October 14, 2020

The French have a saying: con comme ses pieds. It means “stupid as the feet”, and it essentially encompasses my personality.  I forgot to take my COVID test. It was a lapse in brain function, and will surely join the ranks of regrettable moments in my life that I wish had gone very different ...

Class of 2020 left in the dark over postponed commencement ceremony

Former UVM seniors watch a virtual graduation May 17. Two months after UVM was supposed to
release students’ graduation plans, the University has refused to say when the ceremony will occur.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

October 14, 2020

Commencement for the class of 2020 has yet to happen, and despite promises from the administration to release a plan by August, the class of recent grads has been left in the dark.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, UVM was forced to close campus during spring break. As a result, UVM postponed the in...

UVM student looks to quell quarantine concerns through TikTok

Sophomore Sam Joyner posted a video on TikTok for his second day in isolation after going to his sister's wedding, sharing what food UVM gave him.

Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter

October 14, 2020

It’s almost a normal weekday for Sophomore Sam Joyner, except today he’s sitting alone in a hallway of empty dorm rooms accompanied only by people in hazmat suits, making TikToks to offer a glimpse into his life during isolation. Although UVM has outlined some procedures online about what UVM...

White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator praises UVM, cautions potential outbreaks

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, addresses gathered media in the Grand Maple Ball Room at UVM Oct. 10. Birx praised the University and Vermont's response to the virus.

Alek Fleury, Managing Editor

October 10, 2020

In a visit to the University of Vermont’s campus Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Response Coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force praised the University and the states’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, while warning of how quickly low positivity rates can change if the state becomes...

UVM will offer in-person and at-home learning for the spring semester

In the second week of the semester, students trickle into the Davis Center for their mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

October 9, 2020

UVM will again offer both at-home and in-person learning options for spring 2021, and will continue to require regular COVID testing throughout the semester.  UVM Provost Patricia Prelock announced the plans and changes for the spring semester in an Oct. 8 email to students.  “Your hard work...

UVM admits shortcomings in tracking names for COVID-19 tests

UVM admits shortcomings in tracking names for COVID-19 tests

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

October 1, 2020

UVM is struggling to keep track of weekly student COVID-19 tests, according to one administrator, despite reassurance from the University that testing and contact tracing have been a success. Gary Derr, vice president for operations and public safety and Annie Stevens, vice provost of student affairs, ...

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