The Vermont Cynic

Meet Dia Brown: engineer and leader

Junior Dia Brown poses in the UVM FabLab, Nov. 20. The FabLab makes rapid-prototyping tools available to UVM students and faculty.

Emma Shapera, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

Despite the STEM community making up most of UVM’s majors, there was no National Society for Black Engineers at the University until last year. Junior Dia Brown, the club’s president and founder, launched the club at UVM in August 2018. “When I found out in my first year there wasn’t a ...

“Weed-out” classes cut out students’ goals

“Weed-out” classes cut out students’ goals

Emily Johnston, Opinion Columnist

November 6, 2019

On Oct. 28, popular Instagram account uvmbathrooms posted an opinion on the STEM classes at UVM. STEM students, those in science, technology, engineering and math, all must pass sets of classes for their major that are required prerequisites. These classes are known among students and faculty as “weed-out” classes...

The satirical view: Cynic headlines to watch out for this semester

Henry Mitchell

May 13, 2019

“Fraternity vows not to screw up like last time, again” “Business majors have it good for too long” “Administration unable to eliminate cannabis from campus” “UVM receives funding for third sports facility” “Evil corporations still support university” “UVM to cre...

Debate team disputes conflict

Promotional banners for STEM are displayed in front of Discovery Hall. A public debate held Feb. 27 in the Davis Center's Sugar Maple Ballroom focused on whether prioritization toward STEM in higher education is appropriate or not.

Maeve Gurnis and Lee Hughes

March 7, 2019

Following student outcry and protests in response to faculty cuts, UVM’s Lawrence Debate Union held a debate about the importance of STEM and the liberal arts. The union hosted the public debate Feb. 27 in the Davis Center’s Sugar Maple Ballroom to address the question: “Should we regret the priorit...

The Changing Face of UVM: Students and faculty take a stand against budget cuts

A portrait of UVM graduate John Dewey, a philosopher and proponent of an education as a means of social reform, overlooks the John Dewey Lounge as sophomore Charlotte Looby delivers an impassioned speech Feb. 5 at a United Academics meeting.

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

February 19, 2019

Faculty and student outcry has followed cuts in certain College of Arts and Sciences’ programs due to declining enrollment. The faculty union, United Academics, held a teach-in Feb. 14 in front of Howe Library, while students participated with UA in letter-writing campaigns and distribution of posters cri...

Scientist’s story reveals sexism in field

Lindsey Imhoff, Staff Writer

December 8, 2018

“I thought I couldn’t do what I wanted to do in life, which was be a scientist, because I wasn’t good at school,” Donna Toufexis, associate professor of biobehavioral psychology, said. This semester, Toufexis is teaching Women in Science, a sophomore Honors College seminar, for her third ti...

Passion is the key to true success

Passion is the key to true success

Jackson Schilling

December 7, 2018

A common myth at college is that the only way to get a high-paying job is by majoring in a STEM field. In reality, students who dedicate themselves to their passion will be happier overall with their career than those pursuing STEM exclusively for a high-paying job. I know from my own studies that scienc...

Anonymous letter calls for more humanities funding

President Tom Sullivan and trustees convene at the board of trustees fall meeting Oct. 27. An anonymous email sent to UVM promises rallies and riots over the university's lack of funding for arts and humanities.

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

December 7, 2018

An anonymous email has been sent to UVM promising rallies and riots over funding for arts and humanities. Several pictures of an email were posted Nov. 29 on a popular UVM parents Facebook page. The message has been reportedly sent by a student on behalf of other students from the humanities, arts and l...

Priority to the people: expanding STEM dept.

Letter to the Editor

November 11, 2018

The phrase “let’s get this degree” embodies the sentiment many, perhaps most, hold towards university. To respond to last week’s “public school, private donors” editorial, this trend is not just at UVM and is not just the University’s fault. As a group of people, Americans are very focused on ...

Construction paths upset UVM community

October 11, 2016

Changes in traffic patterns and increased noise on campus from construction have caused concern among community members.   Students and staff are frustrated with the impacts the construction has been having on daily life.   “Last year when I would walk to Trinity I could go by ...

College of Medicine finds new teaching techniques

College of Medicine finds new teaching techniques

October 7, 2016

UVM is on its way to implementing new teaching techniques in the Robert Larner M.D. College of Medicine.   Due to studies on teaching and learning in the STEM fields, UVM’s medical program is gravitating toward a more active learning style, eliminating lectures and passive learning altog...

STEM Construction ‘on track’

Caroline Alkire

May 4, 2016

A light winter has allowed construction on Central Campus to come out of the cold right on schedule. The STEM building’s predicted May 2017 completion date will stay the same, said Bob Vaughan, director of capital planning and management. “Usually after winter we lose a couple weeks because ...

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