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Three takeaways from last week’s BOT meeting

Three takeaways from last week’s BOT meeting

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

February 5, 2020

Here are three takeaways from the board of trustees’ Budget, Finance and Investment Committee meeting Jan. 31. 1. A motion to freeze next academic year’s tuition rate was discussed by the committee. UVM President Suresh Garimella unveiled a plan to freeze tuition last November. Both tuition a...

Tensions grow on board of trustees over gender equity and diversity

Tensions grow on board of trustees over gender equity and diversity

Sawyer Loftus and Emma Burnham

February 4, 2020

Despite a push from the Vermont Legislature to make half of the UVM board of trustees members female or nonbinary, the board has signaled its resistance. The potential new law, which is currently being weighed in both the Vermont Statehouse and Senate, have left some on the board to call the mandat...

Following student action, trustee says he’s ready to divest

Following student action, trustee says he’s ready to divest

Cynic News Staff

February 3, 2020

After two demonstrations by student activists over the span of three months, at least one UVM trustee has said he’s ready to divest. Students from organizations including SGA, the Sunrise Movement and Organize, a group advocating against UVM’s $27 million investment in fossil fuel companies, fille...

Students protest UVM board’s refusal to divest UVM millions from fossil fuels

Students protest UVM board’s refusal to divest UVM millions from fossil fuels

Cynic News Staff, News Staff

January 31, 2020

At least 100 students, faculty and community members filled the final session of the February 2020 board of trustees meeting to call for UVM to divest from fossil fuels. Students from organizations including SGA, Sunrise and Organize, a group advocating against UVM's $27 million investment in fossil fuel...

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...

Board of trustees lacks female representation despite majority female student population

Board of trustees lacks female representation despite majority female student population

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2019

Nineteen of the 25 individuals that sit on UVM’s board of trustees are men at a university where women make up the majority. UVM’s board of trustees met Oct. 24-25 in the Davis Center for its third and final meeting of 2019. Less than 25% of the members that met were women. The student body ...

Four takeaways from October 2019’s board of trustees meeting

Four takeaways from October 2019’s board of trustees meeting

Staff Report

October 29, 2019

The group that governs UVM met Oct. 25-26 on the University’s campus to discuss and vote on UVM’s future. The group, the board of trustees, meets three times per academic year in October, February and May. This will be President Suresh Garimella’s first board meeting. Here are four takeaways...

Students urge board of trustees to divest with little movement from the board

Students urge board of trustees to divest with little movement from the board

Zoe Stern and Julianne Lesch

October 28, 2019

More than 50 students filled the last session of the board of trustees to make their voices heard. The students occupied all the seats in Livak Ballroom, leaving standing room only. They lined the walls of the room with signs. One student’s sign read, “We are all accountable.” Students...

Board of trustees chair skips out on last meeting

Board of trustees chair skips out on last meeting

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 28, 2019

The most powerful individual on the board of trustees was absent from Saturday’s public comment meeting.  The comment meeting was the students’ only opportunity to voice their opinions to the board.  The board of trustees met at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 27 in Livak Ballroom for the last time before Jan. 30, 2020...

Student protestors fill last session of board of trustees to push divestment

Student protestors fill last session of board of trustees to push divestment

Zoe Stern and Julianne Lesch

October 26, 2019

Student protestors filled the seats in the Livak Ballroom, leaving standing room only Oct. 26, at the last session of the UVM board of trustees’ annual October meeting. Student group Organize, a group focused on pushing UVM to divest from fossil fuels used the period of public comment Oct. 26 to...

Happening Now: UVM board of trustees hold annual meeting and discuss changes to come

Happening Now: UVM board of trustees hold annual meeting and discuss changes to come

Cynic News Staff

October 25, 2019

The group that governs UVM is meeting all day Oct. 25-26 on the University's campus to discuss and vote on changes to come. The group, the board of trustees, meets three times per academic year in October, February and May. This will be President Suresh Garimella's first BOT meeting. Throughout...

Board of trustees recap: final approval given on multi-million dollar center, tuition increased

Board of trustees recap: final approval given on multi-million dollar center, tuition increased

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 22, 2019

Construction on the multi-million dollar Multipurpose Center project could start as soon as this week following final approval from the UVM board of trustees. The board of trustees meets three times per academic year. This year they met May 17 and May 18 at the University to close out the 2018-201...

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