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Extra patrols of Burlington Police in UVM student neighborhoods terminated by UVM

Extra patrols of Burlington Police in UVM student neighborhoods terminated by UVM

Lilly Page and Kate Vanni

June 19, 2020

UVM canceled the extra Burlington Police patrols of UVM student neighborhoods that were initially created for COVID-19 awareness and noise complaints. As of June 11 the extra patrols for noise and COVID-19 awareness have been terminated at the request of UVM, Shannon Trammell, Executive Assistant to t...

UVM announces plan for a safe return to on-campus operations in Fall 2020

Screenshot of email from Surseh Garimella

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

June 15, 2020

UVM is making preparations for a full return to campus for the fall 2020 semester despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  The UVM Board of Trustees has approved recommended strategies made by the UVMStrong Fall 2020 Advisory Committee, a committee working towards a safe return to campus in Augu...

Staff Council admits serious failings in an email entitled “Racism and Inequity at UVM”

Staff Council Monthly Meeting Microsoft Teams group chat.

Kate Vanni and Irene Choi

June 15, 2020

Staff Council issued an apology email to Suresh Garimella after some staff members voiced accusations of racial insensitivity that occurred in the monthly Staff Council meeting. Richard Wolburk, a member of the Compensation, Benefits and Budget Committee shared an email titled “Racism and inequity at ...

Staff members discuss vote of no confidence for Vice President of Finance

(left to right) Trustee Don McCree, VP of Finance Richard Cate and University Budget Director Shari Bergquist sit at the Oct. 26 board of trustees meeting.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

June 10, 2020

A vote of no confidence could be held for a top UVM administrator after he was accused of voicing an all lives matter narrative at a Staff Council meeting. In a June 9 Staff Council meeting meant to discuss the most recent round of budget cuts due to COVID-19 shortfalls, staff raised questions abou...

Finance VP accused of making decisions that comply with a racist system

Richard Cate, University treasurer and vice president for finance, sits in his office, Sept. 26. Cate was tasked to handle all sustainability and climate action issues by President Suresh Garimella at the beginning of September.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

June 9, 2020

In a tense Staff Council meeting, UVM’s vice president of finance was accused of defending a racist system after steering away from questions regarding race at UVM.  The June 9 meeting was meant to discuss the latest round of budget cuts announced in a June 4 email. It was attended by 250 peop...

UVM budget cuts introduced to faculty and staff

Richard Cate introduces the new budget cuts in an email sent to UVM faculty and staff.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

June 8, 2020

In response to already present financial challenges worsened by COVID-19, UVM has announced further budget cuts for fiscal year 2021.  Limited state support and a high reliance on out-of-state tuition, along with extra costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, have caused long-term budget challenges, acc...

In memory of Sas (1998-2020)

In memory of Sas (1998-2020)

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2020

Everyone knew Sarah Starion by her nickname, Sas, given to her by her mother as a kid because ‘she was just so sassy.’ As Sas’s friends mourn her death, they remember her as an outgoing and welcoming friend who was dedicated to her studies and, above all, contagiously friendly.  Sarah ‘Sa...

Joyner Lucas and the new Americana

Joyner Lucas and the new Americana

Luke Davis, Staff Writer

June 6, 2020

On March 27 2020, rising hip hop artist Joyner Lucas released ADHD, his debut studio album. Track 7 is entitled “Devil's Work” and is the fourth most popular song off the 13-song work, amassing nearly 30 million plays on Spotify since its release as a single on May 2, 2019.  The song is best ...

COVID-19 testing available to UVM students on campus

COVID-19 testing site set up by the national guard to the right of the Waterman building June 4.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

June 4, 2020

COVID-19 tests will be available on campus to UVM students returning to Vermont in June so that they do not have to travel to get tested.  UVM is collaborating with the Vermont Department of Health and members of the Vermont National Guard to provide students with testing in the Waterman building parkin...

Construction workers patch up new Multi-purpose center project

Construction workers work on the Multi-purpose center May 26.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

June 3, 2020

Construction workers have to start patching up the new Multi-purpose center project to make sure that the gym is usable for Fall 2020.  Because construction on the Multi-purpose center is suspended for the time being, construction workers will have to replace everything that was removed so that stude...

Hundreds protest police brutality in Burlington as part of nation-wide outcry

Protest organizer Harmony Edosomwan stands on top of a blue pick-up truck speaking to the crowd with a megaphone at the May 30 protest.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2020

As cities across the nation protest racial injustice, hundreds gathered in Burlington to speak out against the city’s Police Department and its treatment of black people. The protesters gathered at 6 p.m. May 30 in Battery Park to support the Black Lives Matter movement in wake of the murder of Ge...

Students begin move-out under strict COVID-19 guidelines after months of waiting

In-state students begin moving out of Harris-Millis residential hall May 29.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

May 29, 2020

After almost three months of waiting, on-campus students were finally notified of a detailed dorm move-out plan that starts as soon as this weekend. Vermont residents will be the first group to move out of their dorms May 29, 30 and 31, according to a May 22 email from Rafael Rodriguez, the executi...

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