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UVM professors ask VT state government for protection from workload and pay cuts

Members of the Vermont legislature met over Zoom May 21 and heard testimonies from four UVM professors.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

May 27, 2020

Four UVM professors testified to the Vermont state legislature to ask senators for help in stopping proposed pay cuts and finding budget relief in other places.  UVM faculty members spoke to the Vermont Senate Committee on Education, demanding protection from non-tenure track faculty pay and workload cu...

UVM professor and doctor faces federal child pornography charges

Assistant Professor Eike Blohm was charged with possession and production of child pornography May 22, a month after he was arrested for voyeurism.

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

May 26, 2020

A UVM assistant professor and doctor at the UVM Medical Center will now face federal trial for charges related to child pornography on top of previous charges of voyeurism. Eike Blohm, 38, was originally arrested on multiple counts of voyeurism April 17 for placing hidden cameras in staff bathrooms at UVMMC. He was charged with production and possession of chil...

Board of trustees affirms zero tuition increase in last meeting of the year

Trustees gather for their Oct. 26, 2019 meeting. The board met virtually for their last meeting of the school year May 15.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

May 20, 2020

The UVM board of trustees will not increase tuition for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year despite mounting COVID-19 related expenses.  The board, led by Chair Ron Lumbra, also discussed UVM’s monetary worries, remembering a trustee who lost his life from COVID-19 complications and updates from...

UVM junior dies unexpectedly

UVM junior dies unexpectedly

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter

May 18, 2020

UVM junior Sarah “Sas” Starion has died unexpectedly in her Burlington apartment May 14, according to an email to the UVM community.  Starion was a junior studying Food Systems in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Starion was an active member of the Sustainability Learning Community,...

Survey shows UVM community values student success after pay and workload cuts to faculty

(Left to Right) President Suresh Garimella, Chair Ron Lumbra and Provost Patricia Prelock sit at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26.

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor

May 18, 2020

After cutting the pay and workloads of some faculty members, a survey conducted by UVM administration shows the UVM community sees student success as the highest priority. The survey was sent on April 17 by President Suresh Garimella. The survey was meant to gather input for revising UVM’s “Amplifying...

On a quiet campus, UVM Police take on new roles

UVM Police cars sit outside the department's headquarters May 2, nearly two months after most students have vacated campus.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

May 15, 2020

UVM Police received only a third of their average number of calls this April compared with the previous five years.  Typically UVM Police receive about 300 calls in April. In April 2020, UVM Police received only 100.  With a near-empty campus and fraction of their typical call volume, policing change...

Faculty, staff and students protest looming budget cuts imposed by UVM leadership

Protestors gather in the Waterman Parking lot May 14. Waterman is home to the offices of UVM executives including President Suresh Garimella.

Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich

May 14, 2020

A nearly empty UVM campus erupted with the blasting of car horns as protestors drove their cars around campus, showing solidarity against imposed budget cuts. The rally held May 14 was led by UVM United Against Cuts, a coalition of UVM students, faculty and community members who stand in solidarity...

UVM president warns community of likely layoffs and pay cuts

President Suresh Garimella is presented with the University mace at his Installation Ceremony, Oct. 4. During his address, Garimella said he is committed to bettering both UVM and Vermont.

Irene Choi and Emma Pinezich

May 14, 2020

As UVM’s financial wellbeing teeters, President Suresh Garimella warned the community that tactics such as salary reductions and layoffs might take place going forward. In a memo sent to the community May 11, Garimella outlined the current financial challenges facing UVM and some steps the university...

UVM President says school will reopen in fall despite pandemic

President Suresh Garimella addresses assembled media at a press conference, Nov. 14.

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter

May 5, 2020

Two days before high school seniors across the country chose their future college, President Suresh Garimella announced UVM would be open this fall. Although Garimella said he remains committed to having students on campus for the fall, graduating seniors will not be able to celebrate with an in-...

Light it blue

Light it blue

Bridget Higdon, Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2020

UVM shrugged off its green and gold and dressed itself in blue this week as the Davis Center was lit to honor frontline health care workers indefinitely.  For over a week, the Davis Center has been lit in blue lights each night beginning at 8 p.m., according to an April 24 press release. The...

11 UVM students named for Fulbrights in record-breaking year

Senior Reilly Becchina won a Fulbright research award to study an endangered marmot species in Mongolia.

Maryann Makosiej and Irene Choi

May 1, 2020

In a record-breaking year for the University, 11 UVM students have been selected as scholars and alternates for the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship program.  Of the 15 finalists from UVM, 11 students were selected as official scholars or alternates, passing the previously-held record of seven st...

UVM nursing students will graduate early to aid in pandemic

UVM nursing students in the class of 2020 will graduate early and receive temporary working permits to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic as early as May 2.

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

April 29, 2020

Senior UVM nursing students will be graduating early and receiving temporary working permits to directly aid in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The class of 95 students was alerted to the change in an email from Rosemary Dale, chair of the nursing and health science department, said Kathy C...

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