The Vermont Cynic

In win for protesters, one Burlington Police officer agrees to resign

Protesters march down Church Street Sept. 4 holding signs with the names of three police officers involved in use of force incidents.

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor

September 25, 2020

One police officer involved in a controversial use of force incident will leave his post at Burlington Police Department after 29 days of relentless protest by activists demanding his firing outside Battery Park.  Sergeant Jason Bellavance, who was involved in a Sept. 2018 use of force incident, ...

COVID-19 at UVM: Two students test positive for COVID-19 in fourth testing cycle

A sign directs students to testing Sept. 25.

Staff Report

September 25, 2020

Sept. 25, 2020: One more on-campus student and one off-campus student tested positive for COVID-19 over the last week, according to weekly UVM testing data. 

In-person and remote options for Spring semester remain unknown

UVM Junior Julianne Lesch looks over the form for selecting at-home learning July 8.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

September 25, 2020

Plans for the Spring semester at UVM are already well underway, but one critical question remains unanswered: will courses be in-person, online or both. A finalized schedule for the Spring semester passed in a Faculty Senate resolution Sept. 21. It includes a start date of Feb. 1 and no spring break. The ...

Club sports cleared to start practicing with restrictions

The UVM club swimming pool lays empty and still in the Patrick Gym, Sept. 17.

Hayley Rosen, Assistant Sports Editor

September 25, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions have brought one unexpected win to UVM students: club sports seem to be functioning better than many of the athletes could have expected, and for some even more than they’d experienced in past seasons. Club sports teams were cleared to start practicing mid-last week, marking a...

Amid mounting tension, SGA calls on UVM to change controversial flag policy

 A Hispanic Heritage month flag blows in the wind on a flagpole in front of the Davis center, Sept. 18.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

September 24, 2020

SGA called on UVM to allow identity groups on campus to fly their flag for longer than the current five day limitation, following mounting tension between student groups and the administration. The resolution, which passed unanimously at the SGA meeting Sept. 22, centered around changing UVM’s flag pol...

Frats and sororities adjust to new COVID-19 rules from University

The Fraternity house Alpha Gamma Rho sits in the middle of the lawn with nobody in sight, Sept. 17.

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

September 23, 2020

For most Vermont students, summer was spent with socially distanced friends, spending time outside and preparing for the fall semester.  For Ryan McCarthy, UVM senior and Interfraternity Council President, summer was spent creating important COVID-19 safety guidelines and reopening plans for all recog...

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: The killing of independent student media at UVM

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: The killing of independent student media at UVM

Sawyer Loftus, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

“It’s a dangerous thing to start a paper.” As I read these words etched across a March 1883 edition of the Burlington Clipper, a weekly newspaper that used to run in the Queen City, the words echoed throughout my head. This line comes at the end of a bit of news. Students at the Universi...

Let’s be honest, testing works

Let's be honest, testing works

Alek Fleury, Managing Editor

September 22, 2020

James Madison University is a school in Harrisonburg, Virginia. To others, the school is a “ra ra” type football kind of school, known for its purple colors and the statue of a tiny James Madison standing 5 feet 4 inches. But to me, it’s where my brother goes to school. It’s also...

Student-athletes raise BLM flag without permission, demanding racial justice reform from UVM

UVM Student-Athletes of Color Affinity Group raised the Black Lives Matter flag without permission outside Patrick Gym Sept. 12, rejecting the University's excuses for removing the flag from the Davis Center.

Hayley Rosen, Assistant Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

A group of UVM student-athletes raised the Black Lives Matter flag without permission last week and demanded the administration implement a list of University-wide racial justice reforms.  UVM Student-Athletes of Color Affinity Group raised the flag outside UVM's Patrick Gym Saturday, Sept. 12 fol...

ResLife dismisses RAs’ plea for hazard pay and more COVID-19 protection

ResLife dismisses RAs' plea for hazard pay and more COVID-19 protection

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

September 18, 2020

Frustrated with the lack of protection and guidelines for COVID-19 situations, a group of anonymous RAs sent a list of demands to the director of ResLife.   Three days later, they received a response that was “vague and frustrating,” according to one RA, that made no commitments to change any ResLife ru...

Proposed Spring calendar pushes back start date to Feb. 1, eliminates Spring break

Signage on the door of a UVM residence hall reminds community members of the school's COVID-19 rules, including social distancing and the buildings' new no-guest policy.

Ella Ruehsen and Emma Pinezich

September 18, 2020

Students may not have spring break and classes could start as late as Feb. 1, according to a proposed Spring calendar approved by the academic branch of UVM’s coronavirus task force. UVMStrong’s Faculty and Academic Affairs working group unanimously endorsed a proposed resolution for the Sprin...

Weekly COVID testing to continue through November, UVM President says

UVM students stand in a long line outside of the Davis center Covid testing site, Sept. 10.

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor

September 17, 2020

UVM will continue mandatory COVID-19 testing for students through the beginning of November, the University announced just days before student testing was set to expire. Before UVM President Suresh Garimella announced the extension in a Sept. 16 email, weekly testing was slated to end Friday, Sept. 18...

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