The Vermont Cynic

Reading days must be reinstated

Reading days must be reinstated

Staff Editorial

March 8, 2017

When reading days were removed at the end of the fall 2015 semester, they were done so without consultation from students and student leaders on this campus. These student leaders are the same leaders who work tirelessly and often without pay with solely the best interests of the campus student b...

Mental help spikes

Mental help spikes

Erika B. Lewy

December 6, 2016

The increase in students requesting mental health services at UVM — particularly during finals —may actually be a very good sign, several university officials said. As the stigma around getting support for mental health issues dissipates, students are more likely to seek help, said Jon Port...

Listen to the student body

Listen to the student body

March 30, 2016

[media-credit name="ALYSSA HANDELMANN" align="alignnone" width="300"][/media-credit]A reading day has been added back to the final exam schedule after protests from students erupted in response to the faculty senate removing the study day in December.In a staff editorial published Dec. 9, the Cynic ca...

Fall exam schedule is reorganized

Alexandra Shannon

March 30, 2016

For the second time since December, the fall 2016 exam schedule has been changed. The new finals schedule will consist of a five-day exam period with one reading day that Wednesday, according to the academic calendar. Students will be guaranteed to not have exams between 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. that Wedn...

Student activism falls flat


January 27, 2016

Nearly 350 people RSVP’d “going” to an event titled “Give Us Back Our Reading Days! Student Protest” on Facebook.Only about 10 actually showed up Jan.25.The event was created following a Faculty Senate vote to remove reading days from the academic calendar. This change will take place star...

Student opposition grows against cutting of reading days

Kelsey Neubauer, Assistant News Editor

December 13, 2015

[Updated: Dec. 13 3:33 p.m.] Students at the University of Vermont are now taking a stand opposing the Faculty Senate’s April 13 decision to eliminate reading days starting fall 2016. Following a  Dec. 9 Cynic article, students have organized petitions and protests in response to the r...

Reform ignores our needs

December 10, 2015

[UPDATED: Dec. 10 6:20 p.m.]With barely any input from the student body, the University has decided to eliminate reading days beginning in fall 2016.This change was made to allow for a fall break in October, as well as a shift in the timing of spring break to allow for students to participate in Burlington’s Town Meeting Day.Gi...

Reading days cut starting in fall

Reading days cut starting in fall

Kelsey Neubauer and Michelle Phillips

December 8, 2015

Students will have five consecutive days of exams starting fall semester 2016. Reading days will be removed, UVM officials say. This new schedule change is due to a resolution passed by the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate. Some students said they are upset by the idea of eli...

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