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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 resolution, which passed unanimously at the SGA meeting Sept. 22, centered around changing UVM’s flag pol...

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 meeting in the third week of classes.  The Student Government Association met for the second time t...

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 group met on the fourth floor of the Davis Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 for their first soc...

“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 Al-Namee has taken her seat at the head of SGA, she entered into a school year marked by a global ...

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 will do the work needed to fill those roles.  The type of work we students do is intellectual work...

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 the presidential nomination at tonight’s SGA meeting. “It’s something that has been weighing...

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 election for SGA president March 28, apologized later that day on social media for tweets of his that...

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 on Microsoft Teams, senators planned to make changes to the SGA Constitution by creating a protoc...

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 to victory beating out junior Owen Doherty, junior Cody Smart and sophomore Lana Al-Namee, as well...

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 to the voting platform. Senior Nick Bouffard, the Chair of the Elections Committee, sent out an email...

A debate of a different kind: SGA takes presidential debates to live stream

Moderator Nick Boufford, a senior, was joined by SGA presidential candidates junior Owen Doherty, sophomore Lana Al-Namee, junior Ben Bieri and junior Cody Smart. SGA vice presidential candidates, junior Grace Parker and junior Peter Lalley were also included in the debate.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

March 24, 2020

SGA attempted to keep things business as usual, despite a pandemic, with a virtual debate between candidates running for SGA president and vice president. Moderator Nick Boufford, a senior, was joined by SGA presidential candidates junior Owen Doherty, sophomore Lana Al-Namee, junior Ben Bieri and...

Environmental lobbying group sets up chapter on campus

(Left to Right) Sophomore Talia Crowley and junior Lily Seward sit during an interview, Feb. 18. Crowley and Seward are co-presidents of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group club.

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

February 25, 2020

With the help of SGA, a statewide environmental lobbying group has established a branch on UVM’s campus.  Vermont Public Interest Research Group, a self-described environmental advocacy group, will set up camp on UVM’s campus as an SGA recognized club, following its approval at SGA’s Feb. 11 m...

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