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White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator praises UVM, cautions potential outbreaks

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, addresses gathered media in the Grand Maple Ball Room at UVM Oct. 10. Birx praised the University and Vermont's response to the virus.
Alek Fleury, Managing Editor October 10, 2020

In a visit to the University of Vermont’s campus Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Response Coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force praised the University and the states’ handling of the...

UVM will offer in-person and at-home learning for the spring semester

In the second week of the semester, students trickle into the Davis Center for their mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.
Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor October 9, 2020

UVM will again offer both at-home and in-person learning options for spring 2021, and will continue to require regular COVID testing throughout the semester.  UVM Provost Patricia Prelock announced...

Students and admin broaden goals of student fund for environmental projects

UVM's Student Government Association discussed student voting and changes to the former Clean Energy Fund at their weekly meeting Oct. 6.
Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter October 8, 2020

A fund for environmental projects has been revised to engage more students due to low levels of student involvement in the past, despite the fact that students' tuition finances the fund. UVM’s Student...

Advocates concerned over changes in UVM’s sexual assault policy

Advocates concerned over changes in UVM's sexual assault policy
Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor October 7, 2020

Correction: This article was updated at 9:28 a.m. Oct. 8 to correct a previous error. UVM will continue to investigate off-campus sexual assault cases through the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal...

UVM Hockey hires new coach despite University-wide hiring freeze

Head Coach Todd Woodcroft stands with Assistant Coach Stephen Wielder on the UVM ice rink holding hockey sticks.
Hayley Rosen, Assistant Sports Editor October 7, 2020

Despite budgetary shortfalls and dozens of unfilled job openings across the University due to a hiring freeze, UVM Men’s Hockey has added two new coaches onto payroll with a combined yearly salary well...

Admin reverses faculty pay cuts after months of community outcry

The Waterman building located on the corner of South Prospect Street and College Street stands with nobody around it, Sept. 30. Waterman is the largest academic building on campus.
Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor October 7, 2020

UVM has reversed faculty pay and workload cuts originally issued in the Spring following months of pushback from UVM’s faculty and students. The reversal in policy will bring roughly 63 lecturers...

SGA derecognizes conservative student group as membership dwindles

SGA council members meet in the Davis center’s Grand Maple Ballroom while Gail Shampnois, the director of the Office of Student & Community Relations speaks via Microsoft Teams, Sept. 15.
Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter October 2, 2020

A conservative campus group that supports Donald Trump is no longer recognized as a club at UVM just 30 days short of the election after a resolution was passed by SGA.  SGA derecognized the club in...

Students and professors speak out about environmental racism in BTV panel

Panelists from the Burlington and UVM community discuss environmental racism at a Battery Park event Sept. 21.
Paige Fisher, Cynic News Reporter October 1, 2020

As the afternoon sun beamed down on the tents for the 29th day of the Black Lives Matter encampment in Battery Park, organizers set up chairs to talk about environmental racism. Organized by student...

UVM admits shortcomings in tracking names for COVID-19 tests

UVM admits shortcomings in tracking names for COVID-19 tests
Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor October 1, 2020

UVM is struggling to keep track of weekly student COVID-19 tests, according to one administrator, despite reassurance from the University that testing and contact tracing have been a success. Gary Derr,...

UVM cancels spring study abroad

President Suresh Garimella addresses assembled media at a press conference, Nov. 14.
Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor October 1, 2020

For the second semester in a row, study abroad programs have been canceled at UVM due to travel risks and restrictions brought on by COVID-19.  The decision to cancel study abroad for Spring 2021 was...

At least 700 students have been sanctioned for COVID-19 violations

Annie Stevens makes a phone call at a student protest for racial
justice Feb. 22, 2018 in front of the Waterman Building.
Anna Morrill, Cynic News Reporter September 30, 2020

Although 700 UVM students have already been disciplined for COVID-19-related violations just four weeks into the semester, students still congregated in large crowds without masks this past weekend. Vice...

Five key takeaways from the board of trustees’ first meeting

(Left to Right) President Suresh Garimella, Chair Ron Lumbra and Provost Patricia Prelock sit at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26.
Staff Report September 30, 2020

UVM will fund police patrols of student neighborhoods despite a $23 million budgetary shortfall from lower levels of student enrollment, the board of trustees decided in their first meeting of the year.  The...

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