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SGA forbids clubs from using Venmo

SGA forbids clubs from using Venmo

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

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SGA has passed an amendment to their financial policy that will now impose penalties for clubs using unauthorized apps, such as Venmo. Use of these unauthorized apps has been banned for years, said sophomore Lana Al-Namee, member of the Finance Committee. Now, any club member caught using Venmo for club purpo...

SGA approves no increase to student fee

SGA approves no increase to student fee

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

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After increasing slightly every year in recent memory, SGA voted to increase the student activities fee 0% Nov. 5. The Peer Advising Center was funded by SGA but will no longer be funded, and the money left over from the cut will be used to offset the activities fee in the future, said senior Olivia ...

SGA looks at tax break for FSL

SGA looks at tax break for FSL

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

October 24, 2019

The vice president of SGA and an SGA senator are exploring the possibility of returning fraternities and sororities back to property tax-exemption status in Vermont. The state bill which overturned their tax exemption status was passed in 2014 and took effect January 2017, according to the bill. Before...

SGA places UVM employee in charge of how much SGA members get paid

SGA places UVM employee in charge of how much SGA members get paid

Staff Report, Cynic News Staff

October 17, 2019

SGA passed a resolution that gives their business manager, a UVM employee, the power to change the amount executive members are paid at their weekly meeting Oct. 15. Blanka Caha, the SGA business manager, now has the power to raise or lower the amount of pay for the treasurer, president, vice president...

SGA weighs increasing their pay and who controls it

SGA weighs increasing their pay and who controls it

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

October 15, 2019

SGA is weighing the possibility of handing over the power of determining how much members get paid to a UVM employee. A proposed SGA resolution would allow their professional business manager, Blanka Caha, to increase student stipends, as opposed to retaining that power within SGA. The only stipend m...

SGA plans to shut down Peer Advising and Center

SGA plans to shut down Peer Advising and Center

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

September 24, 2019

SGA is shutting down the Advising Center as its four-year contract comes to a close, leaving thousands of students without peer advising programs.  The center was created in 2016 to act as a guide, encouraging UVM’s colleges to set up their own peer-to-peer advising, but only the College of Eng...

Hundreds of UVM students walk out of class to protest climate inaction

Hundreds of UVM students walk out of class to protest climate inaction

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

September 20, 2019

Hundreds of students gathered in the middle of campus Friday for UVM’s Climate Strike with a clear message for world leaders: our house is on fire. Sound the alarm. Around 600 students attended the strike at 11 a.m. Sept. 20 on the Andrew Harris Green. There, environmental groups including Vermont...

Arab students establish new club to create community

Arab students establish new club to create community

Lilly Young, Cynic News Reporter

September 17, 2019

A new club has formed at UVM that gives an isolated group a community, and they are hoping to be recognized by SGA this semester. The Society of Arab Students meetings will be a place where Arab students can reconnect with their culture and re-spark that connection away from home, said junior Hannah...

SGA pushes for a new climate action plan

SGA pushes for a new climate action plan

Zoe Stern, Senior Staff Writer

May 3, 2019

SGA unanimously passed a resolution urging incoming President Suresh Garimella to create a new climate action plan. SGA is concerned the University won’t meet its current goals. The resolution was signed- by SGA April 23 to address the University’s current Climate Action Plan creat...

Support the Young Progressives’ free speech petition

Support the Young Progressives’ free speech petition

Gabby Lescadre

April 19, 2019

If the last SGA elections taught us anything, it’s that UVM students are all about democracy. Seeing how widespread political involvement is on campus, UVM’s rigid policies on political activity are hard to believe. Student advocates believe now is the time for that change. The Young Progressi...

Resolution officially denounces presidential search

Resolution officially denounces presidential search

Julianne Lesch, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

SGA passed a resolution April 9 condemning the 2018-2019 presidential search process. The resolution criticizes the University for its underrepresentation of students throughout the process, with one student representing over 10,000 undergraduates. The resolution calls for future search committees to ...

Campus canvassing policy to be reevaluated by SGA

Campus canvassing policy to be reevaluated by SGA

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

April 16, 2019

Students on campus may expect more knocks on their doors following new SGA legislation on canvassing. SGA will be voting to create a working group reevaluating the campus canvassing ban to allow for more involvement in student politics, said senior Maeve McDermott, chair of SGA’s Committee on Legisla...

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