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The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

A box of KN95 masks sits behind the front desk of the Davis Center on the first floor Jan. 21.

Free KN95 masks available to UVM community

Ella Ruehsen , Cynic News Editor January 21, 2022

KN95 masks are now available for pickup to UVM community members, according to a Jan. 21 email from Gary Derr, vice president of operations and public safety.  The masks are being distributed out of...

The Waterman building sits on S Prospect Street.

Graduate students push to unionize, despite administrative concerns

Staff Report January 21, 2022

A growing group of graduate students are collaborating on efforts to unionize, said masters student George Love.  However, UVM administration feels a unionized environment would impact the relationship...

A classroom on the first floor of Innovation Hall sits empty on Jan. 13.

Some say educational quality worsened in pandemic, despite UVM’s best efforts

Halsey McLaen, Assistant News Editor January 20, 2022

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, UVM tries its best to support students while still building academic success, said Jennifer Dickinson, vice provost for academic affairs and student success. Some...

Members of the faculty union, United Academics, pose for a photo at the 2019 Climate March.

UVM delayed mandating faculty COVID vaccinations until federally required, despite earlier faculty union demands

Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter January 19, 2022

The faculty union's requests for mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty members went unheard for four months, until Dec. 6, when UVM put out a press release stating they had adopted the requirement...

UVM Professor Aaron Kindsvatter records himself inside his home for his first video titled “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont.”

Professor leaves UVM five months after refusing public demand of resignation

RJ Morrison, Cynic News Reporter January 18, 2022

Editor's note: This article was updated at 8:46 p.m. Jan. 18 to correct a counting error in the headline.  Following calls for his resignation, former CESS professor Aaron Kindsvatter resigned Aug....

The Black Lives Matter flag hangs framed in the Patrick Gym lobby on Jan. 14.

BLM flag temporarily hung in Patrick Gym, students remain frustrated with flag policies

Reitz Wishtischin, Cynic News Reporter January 17, 2022

The UVM Student Athletes of Color Affinity Group hung a framed Black Lives Matter flag in the Patrick Gym, Nov. 17, 2021, but the installation is not permanent, said senior Carolyn Carrera, vice president...

Students do work in individual cubicles on the second floor of the Howe Library.

UVM anticipates COVID case peak, plans to move forward with in-person classes due to COVID vaccine requirements

Ella Ruehsen, News Editor January 13, 2022

UVM anticipates an increase in COVID cases among students, faculty and staff, and plan to continue in-person operations as COVID cases peak, according to a Jan. 11 email from Patricia Prelock, provost...

Students line up outside the COVID-19 Testing Center Nov. 18.

UVM to require Day-0 COVID-19 testing for spring semester

Ella Ruehsen, News Editor December 12, 2021

UVM will require Day-0 COVID-19 testing for students at the start of spring semester, according to a Dec. 9 email from Patricia Prelock, provost and senior vice president, and Gary Derr, vice president...

A student composts their food in Central Dining.

Chittenden Solid Waste District no longer accepting compostable packaging in 2022

Ella Ruehsen, News Editor December 12, 2021

Chittenden Solid Waste District will stop accepting compostable foodware and packaging in its compost stream beginning Jan. 1, 2022, according to a Dec. 10 email from Elizabeth Palchak, director of the...

A chair with a pride flag pillow sits in Student Longue B in the Prism Center Nov. 3. The Prism Center is located in Living/Learning Building C.

A look at UVM’s Prism Center

Lucille Whittier, Cynic News Reporter December 10, 2021

Nestled on the bottom floor of Living/Learning Building C are a cozy pair of living rooms complete with sofas, food and games. This space is the Prism Center, a safe home base for UVM’s LGBTQ+ students...

A condom from Living Well in the Davis Center pictured with school supplies Dec. 3.

STI stigmas persist for LGBTQ+ folks

Eliza Barker, Cynic News Reporter December 9, 2021

While sexually transmitted infections are a prevalent reality on college campuses, the issue is often shrouded in stigma, said Jenna Emerson, health and sexuality educator at the Center for Health and...

Elliot Ruggles, sexual harassment and assault resources and education advocate at Brown University, gives a virtual presentation Dec. 1.

UVM publicizes finalists for new sexual violence prevention position

Cate Rowlins, Cynic News Reporter December 7, 2021

The student advisory council interviewed the finalists considered for the role of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator last week, according to a Nov. 29 email from UVM. In response to...

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