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SGA senators to attend mandatory diversity training in the midst of student concerns

SGA senators to attend mandatory diversity training in the midst of student concerns
Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor October 21, 2020

Senators in UVM’s Student Government Association must attend a four hour diversity training to help discourage biases against students and make SGA a more welcoming space for students of color.  SGA...

SGA derecognizes conservative student group as membership dwindles

SGA council members meet in the Davis center’s Grand Maple Ballroom while Gail Shampnois, the director of the Office of Student & Community Relations speaks via Microsoft Teams, Sept. 15.
Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter October 2, 2020

A conservative campus group that supports Donald Trump is no longer recognized as a club at UVM just 30 days short of the election after a resolution was passed by SGA.  SGA derecognized the club in...

Amid mounting tension, SGA calls on UVM to change controversial flag policy

 A Hispanic Heritage month flag blows in the wind on a flagpole in front of the Davis center, Sept. 18.
Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter September 24, 2020

SGA called on UVM to allow identity groups on campus to fly their flag for longer than the current five day limitation, following mounting tension between student groups and the administration. The...

SGA discusses off-campus student needs as committees plan for the semester

SGA council members meet in the Davis center’s Grand Maple Ballroom while Gail Shampnois, the director of the Office of Student & Community Relations speaks via Microsoft Teams, Sept. 15.
Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor September 16, 2020

Addressing off-campus student needs: Despite the turmoil created by the pandemic and ongoing racial justice protests spearheaded by students, UVM’s governing body had another uncharacteristically short...

In first meeting of the year, SGA considers BLM demands for police reform

SGA council members socially distance in their first in person meeting of the year, Sept. 8.
Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter September 15, 2020

In the Student Government Association’s first meeting of the semester, several members pressed leadership on what the group is doing to address demands for racial justice reform from the campus community.  The...

“I see it as an environment for student change:” UVM’s new SGA president talks about her role and goals for the year

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter September 10, 2020

After a rollercoaster of an SGA presidential election this past March, Iraqi-American and first generation college student Lana Al-Namee has started her tenure as president of the organization.  As...

Why UVM needs a student union

Why UVM needs a student union
Ari Kotler, Opinion Columnist May 2, 2020

As a student, you have rights. Society needs educated workers. It needs to produce scientists and doctors, writers and anthropologists, teachers and social workers. To do that, it needs students who...

SGA president-elect declines nomination, runner-up selected as new SGA president

Junior Ben Bieri was elected as the next president of SGA March 28. Prior to being sworn in April 14, he said he's stepping down.
Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter April 14, 2020

The SGA president-elect announced he is stepping down two weeks after he was nominated to the position. Junior Ben Bieri, who was elected to be next year’s SGA president March 28, said he will decline...

Following his election, new SGA president faces backlash for past tweets

Following his election, new SGA president faces backlash for past tweets
Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter April 13, 2020

After facing backlash for controversial tweets, the SGA president-elect apologized and said he hopes to mend his relationship with people that were hurt by his comments. Junior Ben Bieri, who won the...

SGA and Department of Student Life at odds over new committee

In this screenshot from the live streaming of the meeting on Youtube, SGA senators comments can be seen on the right.
Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor April 6, 2020

After attempting to make changes within SGA to better respond to internal issues, the student organization ran into resistance from UVM administrators. At SGA’s first virtual meeting, March 31, held...

SGA outsider wins presidency amid election difficulties

SGA outsider wins presidency amid election difficulties
Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter March 28, 2020

Despite a forced restart to the SGA presidential and vice presidential elections, an SGA outsider running on a platform to get rid of the organization has won. Juniors Ben Bieri and Peter Lally surged...

BREAKING: SGA presidential and vice presidential election forced to restart

SGA senators sit during a meeting, Nov. 5. After over a thousand people voted in the SGA presidential and vice presidential election March 26, SGA has been forced to restart the election due to an unknown amount of ineligible votes.
Lilly Page, News Staff Reporter March 26, 2020

After over a thousand people voted in the SGA presidential and vice presidential election, SGA was forced to restart the election due to an unknown amount of ineligible graduates and alumni that had access...

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