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Board of trustees affirms zero tuition increase in last meeting of the year

Trustees gather for their Oct. 26, 2019 meeting. The board met virtually for their last meeting of the school year May 15.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

May 20, 2020

The UVM board of trustees will not increase tuition for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year despite mounting COVID-19 related expenses.  The board, led by Chair Ron Lumbra, also discussed UVM’s monetary worries, remembering a trustee who lost his life from COVID-19 complications and updates from...

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

April 27, 2020

A meeting that was supposed to include discussion about campus input on divestment resulted in the members scarcely touching the topic, before moving on to the next step in their agenda. The second meeting of the UVM board of trustees’ sustainability workgroup included a half an hour slot for the...

UVM asks for student input on divestment amidst pressure from campus groups

Members of the board of trustees prepare for the March 2 meeting where they selected Ron Lumbra to be the new chair and established the new sustainability work group.

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter

April 5, 2020

On a Friday afternoon when many students might be gearing up for the weekend, over 100 others chose to pack themselves behind a partition in the Silver Maple Ballroom.  They came to ask the board of trustees one thing: which side of history did they want to be on? Over the last two semesters, stu...

Just say no to overconsumption

Just say no to overconsumption

Lucy Gilbert

February 6, 2020

It’s normal to see someone with a closet the size of your apartment and want that lifestyle. However, we need to remember that overconsumption causes harm to the fashion industry, the workers behind it and the environment. As consumers, we have the power to change the role of overconsumption in th...

$1.6M of green fund unused

$1.6M of green fund unused

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

November 22, 2019

Despite the fact that over 10,000 students are eligible to submit proposals to the Clean Energy Fund, only four did last semester. Due to the lack of participation, SGA is hoping to restructure the language of the fund so that more students submit proposals. SGA President Jillian Scannell, a senior, is working ...

Exploring the local food in UVM’s dining halls

Exploring the local food in UVM's dining halls

George Weed, Feature Writer

October 22, 2019

A small truck steered around the corner and backed into the loading dock. In its refrigerated compartment, 1,500 pounds of diced potatoes sat alongside cases of local produce. This week’s shipment arrived at UVM from Intervale Food Hub, a Burlington-based food distributor. According to the Food Hub...

Divestment not our only option

Divestment not our only option

Letter to the Editor

October 9, 2019

By Richard Cate, vice president for finance and University Treasurer  Global climate challenges are capturing headlines around the world, and rightly so, as environmental concerns are among the most pressing issues of our time. Members of the UVM community are finding various ways to call attenti...

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Staff Editorial

April 18, 2019

While UVM is very conscious of the environment, we must aim higher and acknowledge our faults to be truly sustainable. Though we tout our lack of plastic water bottles and compost bags available in our residence halls, there are still environmental and sustainable blind spots. For example, the Univer...

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Letter to the Editor

April 4, 2019

Trapper, hunter and angler interests have long driven wildlife management decision-making through their influence on the Department of Fish and Wildlife. But after years of trying to convince the Department to allow the public to participate, Vermont Wildlife Coalition and key sponsors have crafted H...

New fashion magazine inspires activism

(L-R) Junior Laura Ziemer, senior Oliver Tannheiser, sophomore Dima Dahdah, junior LeAnn Gove and exchange student Yanick Vedder were were models in the UVM Program Board and CARI Magazine’s Sustainable Fashion Show.

Bridget Higdon, Culture Editor

May 2, 2018

The Mt. Mansfield Room became part craft fair, part thrift store in honor of Earth Week. UVM Program Board and CARI magazine hosted a sustainable fashion show at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Davis Center. The fashion magazine was started by junior Naydeline Mejia and sophomore Amelia Dodds in Ja...

Students Demand Divestment

Students Demand Divestment

Staff Report

October 25, 2017

Student activists called upon the board of trustees to divest from fossil fuels in a silent protest Oct. 20. While the budget, finance and investment committee met, Student Climate Culture and Young Progressives entered Silentered Ballroom with signs demanding fossil fuel divestment. The students ...

Real Food Challenge reaches goal three years early

PHIL CARRUTHERS | The Vermont Cynic
President Tom Sullivan announces that UVM has surpassed the Real Food Challenge of 20 percent real on-campus food. Since exceeding the goal, UVM has now pledged to have 25 percent real food by 2020.

John Riedel, Senior Staff Writer

May 1, 2017

UVM has reached its real food challenge goal three years ahead of schedule.   Currently, UVM serves 21 percent real food, three years ahead of its goal of 20 percent by 2020. It has established a new goal of 25 percent by 2020. The achievement was announced April 17 by members of the real fo...

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