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Student and alumni race for spots on city council to represent wards one and eight

Student and alumni race for spots on city council to represent wards one and eight

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

38 minutes ago

As the Burlington City Council race heats up, the majority of the candidates running to represent the wards that make up UVM share a deep connection with the University. Four out of the five candidates for the two wards that make up UVM are alumni. Some of the top priorities of the five candidates...

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

December 10, 2019

SGA is working to assess the role of blue lights on UVM’s campus and determine if they should be removed and be replaced with an app.  But not all UVM students approve the idea, and UVM Emergency Management has yet to fully commit to the project. Blue lights are a series of alarm or panic s...

Letter to the Editor: How UVM’s values align with divestment

Letter to the Editor: How UVM’s values align with divestment

Letter to the Editor

December 9, 2019

Letter to the Editor Sophia Smith '21 Chair, SGA Committee on the Environment Member, Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Council Undergraduate Representative, Budget and financing subcommittee of board of trustees The push for divestment from fossil fuels has been an ongoing struggle with...

SGA explores adding a third branch of student government

SGA explores adding a third branch of student government

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

December 4, 2019

SGA’s Constitution Committee will explore how to add an additional judicial branch to handle internal SGA conflicts.  Senior Zach Merson, speaker of the senate and chair of the Constitution Committee, brought the idea of the addition to the entire SGA Nov. 19. Merson said currently there are on...

SGA senator selected to represent students and Burlington residents

SGA senator selected to represent students and Burlington residents

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

December 4, 2019

An SGA senator will now represent both UVM students and other Burlingtontonians as a member of the Ward 8 Steering Committee.  Sophomore Hannah King, senator on the Committee on Legislative and Community Affairs, was the second elected member from Ward 8. “Each ward has their own Neighborhood ...

SGA approves Navigate resolution

SGA approves Navigate resolution

Staff Report

November 19, 2019

SGA has passed a resolution that expresses concern for student privacy regarding the new advising system, Navigate. The resolution included a request for a settings page in which every student can decide which advising and staff members have access to their profile. Under the current settings, there are ...

SGA passes resolution in support of peer advising

SGA passes resolution in support of peer advising

Staff Report

November 19, 2019

SGA passed a resolution to show support of the Peer Advising Center, after it was determined the center’s contract would not be renewed. The Peer Advising Center was established in October 2015 and was to be funded by SGA until the end of the fiscal year of 2020. The resolution was headed by junior Ol...

SGA forbids clubs from using Venmo

SGA forbids clubs from using Venmo

Zoe Stern, Cynic News Reporter

November 12, 2019

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

November 12, 2019

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...

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