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The Waterman building located on the corner of South Prospect Street and College Street stands with nobody around it, Sept. 30. Waterman is the largest academic building on campus.

UVM’s faculty union secures salary and other protections after months of negotiation

Sabine Foerg, Cynic News Reporter May 11, 2021

UVM’s faculty union has successfully protected the salaries and benefits of UVM employees after a long fight against the University's cost-saving “schemes.” In a May 10 press release, the faculty...

The Vermont State House, built in 1883 is the icon of the smallest capital in the United States.

UVM faculty and staff miss opportunity for representation on board of trustees

Sierra Byrne, Cynic News Reporter April 30, 2021

Any hope of UVM faculty and staff becoming members of the board of trustees this year is gone after a recent bill proposed in the Vermont legislature missed its crossover deadline. Bill H.362 would...

Despite outcry, administration pushes ahead with gutting liberal arts at UVM

Despite outcry, administration pushes ahead with gutting liberal arts at UVM

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor February 1, 2021

Over the last two months, outraged students and faculty have continued to push back on administrators’ decisions to cut low-enrollment programs in UVM’s College of Arts and Sciences.  Just before...

Street signs outside the Davis Center point students and visitors towards different campus buildings outside the Davis Center.

UVM faculty union and administration reach impasse during budget cuts negotiations

Staff Report October 27, 2020

Facing a nearly $10 million deficit, UVM is looking to cut faculty salaries and benefits in their latest contract proposal.  However, UVM’s faculty union is sounding the alarm, saying these cuts...

The Waterman building located on the corner of South Prospect Street and College Street stands with nobody around it, Sept. 30. Waterman is the largest academic building on campus.

Admin reverses faculty pay cuts after months of community outcry

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor October 7, 2020

UVM has reversed faculty pay and workload cuts originally issued in the Spring following months of pushback from UVM’s faculty and students. The reversal in policy will bring roughly 63 lecturers...

(Left to Right) President Suresh Garimella, Chair Ron Lumbra and Provost Patricia Prelock sit at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26.

Five key takeaways from the board of trustees’ first meeting

Staff Report September 30, 2020

UVM will fund police patrols of student neighborhoods despite a $23 million budgetary shortfall from lower levels of student enrollment, the board of trustees decided in their first meeting of the year.  The...

United Academics President Sarah Alexander enters Waterman March 26, 2019 with rally members to deliver the UA petition to the executive offices.

Faculty union and admin release contradictory data

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor April 3, 2019

The faculty union circulated a flyer at its March 26 rally asserting the University has cherry-picked the data it offered them about funding and enrollment. A March 26 rally on the Waterman Green centered...

First-year Jordyn King delivers a speech at the March 26 United Academics rally on the Waterman Green, which was attended by 40 faculty and students. The rally was to support the UA's petition which demands for the reinstatement of two lecturers and support for students who received conduct hearing notices following participation in a Feb. 26 rally hosted by NoNames for Justice.

Union blocked out of admin office

Emma Pinezich and Lee Hughes April 2, 2019

The faculty union and student activists were locked out of the executive offices when they tried to deliver a petition. United Academics, the faculty union, hosted a 2:30 p.m. March 26 rally on the Waterman...

Former United Academics President Sarah Alexander, associate professor of English,  leads a group of protestors across South Prospect Street into the Waterman building to deliver their petition.

Faculty union rally locked out of executive offices

Lee Hughes and Emma Pinezich March 26, 2019

The faculty union and student activists were locked out of the executive offices as they tried to deliver their petition to the administration. United Academics, the faculty union, hosted a 2:30 p.m....

Should Sodexo unionize? No: unionizing decreases pay and doesn’t increase workers’ benefits

Should Sodexo unionize? No: unionizing decreases pay and doesn’t increase workers’ benefits

Emily Johnston March 8, 2019

Unionizing is unnecessary — it is clear Sodexo tries its best to create a stable, happy work environment for employees and a union would only create more problems on campus. First-year Kathryn Jones,...

Sophomore Nina Singleton-Spencer sits among students and faculty during the discussion portion of a Feb. 5 United Academics meeting. Students have expressed their frustrations over the College of Arts and Sciences budget changes through posters, memes and protests.

Students mobilize against budget cuts

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes March 1, 2019

In light of budget changes to the College of Arts and Sciences, students have expressed their frustration on campus and online. Students have been hanging posters, posting memes and helping organize protests...

President Suresh Garimella delivers an opening statement at his public Q&A February, 14 2019. He will took on the position of president July 1.

New president’s salary brings unease

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor February 28, 2019

Suresh Garimella was confirmed as the new University president, but his offered income has raised concerns. Garimella will earn an income of $630,000 a year, according to a Feb. 22 Vermont Digger article. His...

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