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Richard Cate, University treasurer and vice president for finance, sits in his office, Sept. 26. Cate was tasked to handle all sustainability and climate action issues by President Suresh Garimella at the beginning of September.

Finance VP accused of making decisions that comply with a racist system

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter June 9, 2020

In a tense Staff Council meeting, UVM’s vice president of finance was accused of defending a racist system after steering away from questions regarding race at UVM.  The June 9 meeting was meant...

Patriot Front sticker found outside the Davis Center

Hate group stickers go up around campus, students and leadership react

Staff Report September 4, 2019
The Vermont Cynic asked UVM groups what they thought about the reemergence of white nationalist stickers on UVM’s campus. Here’s what they said.
Posters wrap the marble columns of the Waterman building the student activist group NoNames For Justice take-over of the building Feb. 26, 2018.

The Waterman Takeover: A tradition of protest at UVM

Meg Trogolo, Staff Writer February 26, 2019

One year ago, student activist group NoNames for Justice staged a takeover of the Waterman building Feb. 26 in order to protest racial injustice in the University’s administration. The takeover, in...

Black History Month means calling out people who just don't get it

Black History Month means calling out people who just don’t get it

Kim Henry February 23, 2019

Black History Month is meant to highlight the accomplishments of black people throughout history, but this February’s news has revolved around white public figures’ history of racism. The democratic...

The state of racism: it's not geographic

The state of racism: it’s not geographic

Lilly Sharp January 31, 2019

Every time I tell someone I am from Alabama I get the look. You know the one I am talking about, a mixture of shock at my being in Vermont and my pride towards my home state. I'm not here to say Alabama...

Don’t tune out when you’re turned on

Don’t tune out when you’re turned on

Gabby Felitto December 14, 2018

Porn is an outlet for everyone to witness their fantasies. However, it is still racist, there are still tropes and white men are still running it, according to the documentary “The Racist History Of...

Campus organizations create safe spaces

Campus organizations create safe spaces

Staff Editorial January 24, 2018

This week, we got a tip from a student about racist posters posted around the Waterman green. We thought it was old news – two months old, in fact. The front page of the Nov. 14 issue of the Cynic read...

Equal treatment for organizations

Equal treatment for organizations

Staff Editorial April 26, 2017

First, let’s be clear: the action of the individual who stole the Black Lives Matter flag was hateful and racist. In our editorial last week, we were not nearly clear enough about this. In...

All Live Matter roots in racism

October 13, 2016

The slogan “All Lives Matter,” at face value, claims to advocate for the equal value of lives; this turn of phrase has troubling connotations and seemingly ignores the problem that Black Lives...

Winter Carnival unites the University

Winter Carnival unites the University

March 16, 2016

The Cynic’s Enterprise section has spent the past three weeks exploring race at UVM, and has covered the Kake Walk, the current racial climate and the future of diversity at our University. Though this...

Kake Walk: Time to right our wrongs

Kake Walk: Time to right our wrongs

February 24, 2016

Forty-seven years ago, the University ended a tradition that involved  fraternity members dancing in blackface and satin tuxedos. It was called the Kake Walk, inspired by  mid-19th century minstrel shows...

Kake Walk: Alumni, faculty and students reflect on 73-year tradition

Kake Walk: Alumni, faculty and students reflect on 73-year tradition

Bryan O'Keefe, Kelsey Neubauer, and Sarah Olsen February 24, 2016

For 73 years, UVM fraternity members danced in blackface and satin tuxedos during the longest running winter carnival in the country. At its peak in the 1960s, this event, known as the Kake Walk, was...

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