The Vermont Cynic

Classics struggles to not fall into ruins

Classics struggles to not fall into ruins

Lilly Page, Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

It’s 9:40 a.m., and students in classics professor Mark Usher’s “Classics Then and Now” are excitedly chatting about a book they read, “The Golden Ass of Lucius Apuleius.” This book was adapted from Latin by the professor standing in front of them. As Usher claps his hands and discusses...

Faculty union and admin release contradictory data

United Academics President Sarah Alexander enters Waterman March 26, 2019 with rally members to deliver the UA petition to the executive offices.

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

April 3, 2019

The faculty union circulated a flyer at its March 26 rally asserting the University has cherry-picked the data it offered them about funding and enrollment. A March 26 rally on the Waterman Green centered on United Academics' demands to reinstate two cut lecturers, support liberal arts and drop minimum c...

Union blocked out of admin office

First-year Jordyn King delivers a speech at the March 26 United Academics rally on the Waterman Green, which was attended by 40 faculty and students. The rally was to support the UA's petition which demands for the reinstatement of two lecturers and support for students who received conduct hearing notices following participation in a Feb. 26 rally hosted by NoNames for Justice.

Emma Pinezich and Lee Hughes

April 2, 2019

The faculty union and student activists were locked out of the executive offices when they tried to deliver a petition. United Academics, the faculty union, hosted a 2:30 p.m. March 26 rally on the Waterman Green. It was attended by 40 faculty and students, including members from the Coalition for ...

Faculty union rally locked out of executive offices

United Academics President Sarah Alexander, associate professor of English,  leads a group of protestors across South Prospect Street into the Waterman building to deliver their petition.

Lee Hughes and Emma Pinezich

March 26, 2019

The faculty union and student activists were locked out of the executive offices as they tried to deliver their petition to the administration. United Academics, the faculty union, hosted a 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 rally on the Waterman Green attended by 40 faculty and students, including members from the ...

Debate team disputes conflict

Promotional banners for STEM are displayed in front of Discovery Hall. A public debate held Feb. 27 in the Davis Center's Sugar Maple Ballroom focused on whether prioritization toward STEM in higher education is appropriate or not.

Maeve Gurnis and Lee Hughes

March 7, 2019

Following student outcry and protests in response to faculty cuts, UVM’s Lawrence Debate Union held a debate about the importance of STEM and the liberal arts. The union hosted the public debate Feb. 27 in the Davis Center’s Sugar Maple Ballroom to address the question: “Should we regret the priorit...

Activist group challenges administration

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.

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 faculty union, sophomore Cobalt Tolbert said. The organization is student-run and was created to ch...

Students mobilize against budget cuts

Sophomore Nina Singleton-Spencer sits among students and faculty during the discussion portion of a Feb. 5 United Academics meeting. Students have expressed their frustrations over the College of Arts and Sciences budget changes through posters, memes and protests.

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

March 1, 2019

In light of budget changes to the College of Arts and Sciences, students have expressed their frustration on campus and online. Students have been hanging posters, posting memes and helping organize protests after cuts were made to humanities programs, including the loss of lecturer positions in classi...

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

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.

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 Library, while students participated with UA in letter-writing campaigns and distribution of posters cri...

Anonymous letter calls for more humanities funding

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 university's lack of funding for arts and humanities.

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 message has been reportedly sent by a student on behalf of other students from the humanities, arts and l...

Administrative actions support humanities majors

Administrative actions support humanities majors

Letter to the Editor

December 3, 2017

In my role as Chief Academic Officer of the University of Vermont, I am writing to share my thoughts, some additional context and to provide a number of important clarifications to the Cynic’s Nov. 7, 2017 editorial entitled “Humanities Majors Deserve More.” I am always pleased when students po...

University denies stem bias, yet cuts arts

University denies stem bias, yet cuts arts

Staff Editorial

November 30, 2017

While the voice of the University says one thing, the hands do the opposite. While assuring students it values the liberal arts, the University has allowed six spring music and dance classes to be cut days before registration. In the Nov. 7 issue of the Cynic, our staff editorial called for increas...

Response to “Humanities Majors Deserve More”

Letter to the Editor

November 15, 2017

November 10, 2017 Letter to the Editor, In my role as Chief Academic Officer of the University of Vermont, I am writing to share my thoughts, some additional context, and to provide a number of important clarifications to the Cynic’s November 7, 2017 editorial entitled “Humanities Majors De...

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