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UVM Chief Public Health Officer quietly leaves after one year on the job

UVM Chief Public Health Officer quietly leaves after one year on the job

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

47 minutes ago

The Executive Director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing and chief public health officer for UVM has stepped down from his role.  Dr. Harry Chen, who is a former commissioner of health for the state of Vermont, is “transitioning” from his role, Executive Director of the Center for Health and Wellbei...

Guest commentary: UVM’s land grant mission is paramount

Guest commentary: UVM’s land grant mission is paramount

Guest Commentary

5 days ago

Editor's Note: This commentary is by Suresh V. Garimella, President, University of Vermont Against the back wall of my UVM office sits an antique wooden desk. Its surface is bare of books and paper because it serves no mere utilitarian purpose. As the desk that once belonged to Vermont Sena...

From the news desk: a look back at our top stories from 2019

From the news desk: a look back at our top stories from 2019

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

January 2, 2020

The Vermont Cynic News team is often on the ground running. Our reporters are out gathering information, crafting stories, developing sources and editing content. There isn't always a moment to reflect on the work we've done, but as 2019 comes to a close and we welcome 2020, this seems like the perfect...

The year in Cynic photography: 2019

The year in Cynic photography: 2019

Bridget Higdon, Editor-in-Chief

December 30, 2019

  At the Vermont Cynic, we don’t just break the news. We show it to you.  These photos tell the story of 2019 at UVM in still moments and vivid color. Cynic photographers caught people in moments of pure joy and deep anguish. The shutter snapped mid-sentence and mid-stride. To tell...

UVM Police Chief returns from unexplained leave in new position

UVM Police Chief returns from unexplained leave in new position

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

December 18, 2019

Former UVM Police Chief Lianne Tuomey has been back on campus for over a month, but in a new role, following an unexplained four-month leave.  Tuomey took a voluntary leave of absence on July 11 from the force. She has now retired from her position as police chief to take on a new role as a senior a...

Can you watch porn in the Howe Library?

Can you watch porn in the Howe Library?

Julianne Lesch, Cynic News Reporter

December 11, 2019

A man watching what some have described as porn in the library left students feeling uncomfortable and confused about how the situation was handled. On Nov. 12, two students in Howe Library saw a man watching what they thought was porn on a UVM computer. The students approached a library employee saying the...

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

UVM and SGA consider removing portions of campus safety feature

Zoe Stern, Assistant News Editor

December 10, 2019

SGA is working to assess the role of blue lights on UVM’s campus and determine if they should be removed and be replaced with an app.  But not all UVM students approve the idea, and UVM Emergency Management has yet to fully commit to the project. Blue lights are a series of alarm or panic s...

Letter to the Editor: How UVM’s values align with divestment

Letter to the Editor: How UVM’s values align with divestment

Letter to the Editor

December 9, 2019

Letter to the Editor Sophia Smith '21 Chair, SGA Committee on the Environment Member, Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Council Undergraduate Representative, Budget and financing subcommittee of board of trustees The push for divestment from fossil fuels has been an ongoing struggle with...

Plastic water bottle ban remains sore spot

Plastic water bottle ban remains sore spot

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

December 6, 2019

Despite six years passing since UVM banned the sale of bottled water, the ban’s origin and impact remains controversial. The ban, intended as an act of investment into local water, may have caused students to drink more sugary beverages and buy more plastic, single-use containers, according to the UV...

A campus divided: students split over free trip to Israel and Palestinian territories

A campus divided: students split over free trip to Israel and Palestinian territories

Emma Pinezich and Sawyer Loftus

December 5, 2019

One year ago, UVM Hillel, a Jewish student group, was offered funds for a trip to Israel and Palestine territories.  The source of that funding came under fire from student activists supportive of Palestine and remains criticized a year later.   

Icy waters don’t stop students

Icy waters don’t stop students

Julianne Lesch, Cynic News Reporter

December 5, 2019

Snow falling and 30-degree temperatures on a brisk Wednesday morning didn’t stop 17 UVM students from jumping into Lake Champlain. This occurrence, which happens two to three times each week, was started by two international students studying abroad at UVM. Alexander Asplund is from Sweden and E...

Letter to the Editor: Understand bias behind “Perspectives”

Letter to the Editor: Understand bias behind “Perspectives”

Letter to the Editor

December 5, 2019

Last summer, UVM student leaders were invited to attend Maccabee Task Force’s Perspectives Trip, a propaganda campaign designed to obscure the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine. Unfortunately, Hillel at UVM has decided to bring back the Perspectives Trip this year and is once again inviting UVM ...

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