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More women needed on board

Staff Editorial

November 6, 2019

The student population at UVM is currently 59.9% female, but barely a quarter of the board’s 25 trustees are women. As of fall 2018, 55.9% of faculty and staff combined at UVM were female. The class of 2023 is 61.6% female, according to an Aug. 28 Cynic article. The decisions of the board of trustees...

Organize UVM to share divesting proposal

Organize UVM to share divesting proposal

Letter to the Editor

October 23, 2019

The climate movement has been gaining necessary momentum over the last few weeks. Climate science doesn’t lie, and people are increasingly acknowledging the urgency of climate change. One of many institutions that are a part of the growing climate crisis is the University of Vermont. UVM prides itself ...

Discussing Divestment

Emily Johnston and Chris Harrell

October 19, 2019

Chris Harrell: Hello, Cynic friends! Today, my friend Emily and I are talking about divestment. Emily Johnston: The call for divestment is the call to move investments the school makes away from the fossil fuel industry. Around $27 million of UVM’s endowment is in fossil fuel corporations according ...

Students, take back your data

Students, take back your data

Staff Editorial

October 16, 2019

Since 2018, UVM has softly rolled out its new advising software called Navigate, but how much say have students had in this process? Zero. According to the University’s own webpage detailing the project’s history, there is no indication students were a part of the leadership team for this projec...

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...

Alumni, push divestment

Alumni, push divestment

Letter to the Editor

October 8, 2019

By Benjamin Silverman '10 I am a 2010 alumnus from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. It was with great displeasure that I read in the Oct.1 Cynic article about how the UVM board of trustees has no intention to move towards fossil fuel divestment. While Richard Cate, who is no...

UVM, take climate action and divest from fossil fuels

UVM, take climate action and divest from fossil fuels

Chris Harrell

September 28, 2019

Students around the world walked out of school Sept. 20 in a powerful display of action. Over 4 million students participated in the youth-led Global Climate Strike, according to a Sept. 21 article from 350.org, a major environmental advocacy group and a co-organizer of the event. The goal of the ...

New leadership sparks change

New leadership sparks change

Staff Editorial

August 28, 2019

Dressed in a black and yellow robe, standing at a podium in Patrick Gym, UVM President Suresh Garimella gave his first address as president in front of a crowd of first-year students. “I still remember the apprehension and excitement I felt when I was at my first week of college,” Garimella said. ...

Extra swipes won’t fix food insecurity

Extra swipes won’t fix food insecurity

Kim Henry

April 12, 2019

When my friend told me about the University’s Swipe Out Hunger program, I thought UVM had finally solved my biggest grievance: eating on campus. I live off campus, so it’s hard to prep enough food to get through long days. I wouldn’t identify as “food insecure,” but I definitely can’t afford...

Faculty union and admin release contradictory data

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 on United Academics' demands to reinstate two cut lecturers, support liberal arts and drop minimum c...

Administration restricts free speech by punishing student activists

Administration restricts free speech by punishing student activists

Letter to the Editor

March 30, 2019

Administrators seek to discipline me and eight other students for speaking during a protest at Waterman. Their actions are baseless, hypocritical and an assault to freedom of speech. Administrators claim our protest harmed the community, citing the definition of “disruption” under UVM’s poli...

For lasting administrative changes, we must act now

For lasting administrative changes, we must act now

Chris Harrell

March 29, 2019

Almost every week I hear a new story about the UVM administration doing something that harms the spirit of our community. The time to address the roots of these problems is now, and if we don’t act, correcting them will only get harder. Over the past two years we’ve seen campus protests result in ...

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