The Vermont Cynic

The Vermont Cynic University of Vermont's independent voice since 1883
(2)

UVM President Suresh Garimella took the time to answer some of our questions about how he’s handling this international ...
04/03/2020
UVM President reflects on leadership amid COVID-19 pandemic

UVM President Suresh Garimella took the time to answer some of our questions about how he’s handling this international health crisis. Here’s what he had to say.

UVM President Suresh Garimella said a year ago, he would have never thought he’d be leading a University through a pandemic. Now, as his first year as president nears its finish line, he’s had to make tough decisions as students, faculty, staff and parents have all asked, what’s next during th...

"As much as I know this is for the greater good, being stuck in one place and constantly having my eyes glued to a TV sc...
04/02/2020
COVID-19 Dispatch Part 2: The mental toll of total isolation in New Jersey

"As much as I know this is for the greater good, being stuck in one place and constantly having my eyes glued to a TV screen flashing new cases every minute, is making it worse.

We are in an epidemic, and as a 20-year-old who has not lived much of my life, this is terrifying."

COVID-19 Dispatch is a series of stories written by Cynic opinion writers about their experiences at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Being alone for extended periods of time sounds like an introvert’s dream, but in actuality, it can be bad for one’s mental health. A quiet life is often depicted as nice, but being confined to one house five hours away from my University and my life indefinitely is taking a toll on me. I hail.....

Women in Politics, a three-part feature series on young female legislators in Vermont, concludes today with the story of...
04/02/2020
Women in Politics: Rebecca White graduated UVM at 20 and joined Vermont government at 22

Women in Politics, a three-part feature series on young female legislators in Vermont, concludes today with the story of Rebecca White '15.

“I think it’s less about women needing the education, and more about understanding how their talents and skills already qualify them to run for office, and how they can use the skills they already have in a new way,” White said.

Vermont State Rep. Rebecca White ‘15 stood behind the podium at the UVM debate house, reminiscing over the hours she spent practicing public speaking, used now in committee. White grew up in Wilder, Vermont, and attended UVM at the age of sixteen on a Vermont Student Assistance Corporation scholar...

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Editor-in-Chief Bridget Higdon se...
04/01/2020
Cynic History: Reporting on the women’s suffrage movement at UVM

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Editor-in-Chief Bridget Higdon searched the Cynic archives for stories that reported on how the movement took shape at UVM.

What was found were a handful of short briefs which, though sparse in their details, reveal that many UVM women in the late 1910s were intrigued by suffrage.

Like women at other universities, they formed suffrage clubs, hosted speakers and started discussions which collectively pushed the movement forward.

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Cynic searched its archives for stories that reported on how the movement took shape at UVM. We found a handful of short briefs which, though sparse in their details, reveal that many UVM women in the late...

"As COVID-19 spreads, many medical professionals are overwhelmed. To make matters worse, a shortage of masks and other s...
04/01/2020
COVID-19 Dispatch Part 1: As New York City hospitals fill up, medical masks run out

"As COVID-19 spreads, many medical professionals are overwhelmed. To make matters worse, a shortage of masks and other supplies is beginning to take hold, according to a March 19 New York Times article.

While health care workers are struggling to get supplied with the masks they need to work, I have increasingly seen more and more people wearing masks every time I go outside."

COVID-19 Dispatch is a series of stories written by Cynic opinion writers about their experiences at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

As COVID-19 spreads, many medical professionals are overwhelmed. To make matters worse, a shortage of masks and other supplies is beginning to take hold, according to a March 19 New York Times article. While health care workers are struggling to get supplied with the masks they need to work, I have....

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the Cynic is looking back on some of the UVM women we’ve had the pleasure of ...
03/31/2020
Photo Gallery: Capturing UVM women in pictures

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the Cynic is looking back on some of the UVM women we’ve had the pleasure of photographing this year. See the full photo gallery at vtcynic.com.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the Cynic is looking back on some of the UVM women we’ve had the pleasure of photographing this year.

Cynic podcasters Jacob Goodwin and Nate Dole talk about what their lives are like at home in the latest episode of Green...
03/31/2020
Green Mountain Shower Thoughts – Quarantine Edition

Cynic podcasters Jacob Goodwin and Nate Dole talk about what their lives are like at home in the latest episode of Green Mountain Shower Thoughts. Listen on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Jacob and Nate talk about life while quarantined because of COVID-19.

Despite a forced restart to the SGA presidential and vice presidential elections, an SGA outsider running on a platform ...
03/29/2020
SGA outsider wins presidency amid election difficulties

Despite a forced restart to the SGA presidential and vice presidential elections, an SGA outsider running on a platform to get rid of the organization has won.

Juniors Ben Bieri and Peter Lally surged to victory beating out junior Owen Doherty, junior Cody Smart and sophomore Lana Al-Namee, as well as vice presidential candidate Grace Parker, a junior.

Despite a forced restart to the SGA presidential and vice presidential elections, an SGA outsider running on a platform to get rid of the organization has won. Juniors Ben Bieri and Peter Lally surged to victory beating out junior Owen Doherty, junior Cody Smart and sophomore Lana Al-Namee, as well....

The Vermont Cynic asked its illustrators to paint, sketch or draw what their life is like now during the COVID-19 pandem...
03/27/2020
Illustrations reflect student life during COVID-19

The Vermont Cynic asked its illustrators to paint, sketch or draw what their life is like now during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is what they came up with.

The Vermont Cynic asked its illustrators to paint, sketch or draw what their life is like now during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is what they came up with. Eleni Papas “I’m currently living in Katonah, which is a small town about an hour north of New York City. For this painting, I tried to go.....

Sophomore Cam Barnes recently sat down with Photo Editor Stephan Toljan to talk about his rap career, including his insp...
03/27/2020
Sophomore raps from Sichel, publishes on SoundCloud

Sophomore Cam Barnes recently sat down with Photo Editor Stephan Toljan to talk about his rap career, including his inspirations and collaborations. Read the full story and view the photo gallery at the link below.

Cam Barnes’ music career started at 9 years old when he picked up a saxophone. “I started playing the saxophone in the fourth grade, and that’s when it took off,” Barnes said. “I was like, ‘wow, this music thing is kinda cool.’” However, he didn’t start creating his own music until...

Halfway through its first semester, the new class “Extraterrestrial Life” is a multidisciplinary exploration of aliens. ...
03/27/2020
English, geology, philosophy, physics and aliens

Halfway through its first semester, the new class “Extraterrestrial Life” is a multidisciplinary exploration of aliens.

Geochemistry professor Nico Perdrial, English literature professor Sarah Alexander, physics professor Juan Vanegas and philosophy professor Michael Ashooh team up to dissect the many facets of extraterrestrial life.

“I love it. That’s the class I wanted to take when I was a student," Perdrial said.

A class of nearly 240 students leaned intently towards the muffled rhythmic beating of a radio telescope recording, a radio used to detect frequencies from extraterrestrial life. Geochemistry professor Nico Pedrial paused the enchanting buzzing to continue his lecture of the day: “False alerts: wh...

BREAKING: After over a thousand people voted in the SGA presidential and vice presidential election, SGA has been forced...
03/27/2020
BREAKING: SGA presidential and vice presidential elections forced to restart

BREAKING: After over a thousand people voted in the SGA presidential and vice presidential election, SGA has been forced to restart the election due to an unknown amount of ineligible graduates and alumni had access to the voting platform.

After over a thousand people voted in the SGA presidential and vice presidential election, SGA has been forced to restart the election due to an unknown amount of ineligible graduates and alumni who had access to the voting platform. Senior Nick Bouffard, the Chair of the Elections Committee, sent o...

This past weekend, sass was served and mimosas were spilled in quarantined homes all around.Haus of STDs and GLAM Vermon...
03/26/2020
“Queer-antined Drag Brunch” brings entertainment during isolation

This past weekend, sass was served and mimosas were spilled in quarantined homes all around.

Haus of STDs and GLAM Vermont hosted their “Queer-antined Drag Brunch” at noon March 21, from a dining room in Colchester onto Facebook livestream screens in states all over.

“It’s really exciting… [online events have] generated a lot of excitement in our community, because it’s so focused on our needs right now,” Johnny Chag, the event's founder, said.

This past weekend, sass was served and mimosas were spilled in quarantined homes all around. Haus of STDs and GLAM Vermont hosted their “Queer-antined Drag Brunch” at noon March 21, from a dining room in Colchester onto Facebook livestream screens in states all over. The event was not in-person ...

SGA attempted to keep things business as usual, despite a pandemic, with a virtual debate between candidates running for...
03/24/2020
A debate of a different kind: SGA takes presidential debates to live stream

SGA attempted to keep things business as usual, despite a pandemic, with a virtual debate between candidates running for SGA president and vice president, March 19.

SGA attempted to keep things business as usual, despite a pandemic, with a virtual debate between candidates running for SGA president and vice president. Moderator Nick Boufford, a senior, was joined by SGA presidential candidates junior Owen Doherty, sophomore Lana Al-Namee, junior Ben Bieri and j...

In need of a new podcast? Listen to the latest episode of “Killing Time” hosted by Gabby Felitto, on Apple Podcasts or S...
03/24/2020
Killing Time – Rebecca Zahau

In need of a new podcast? Listen to the latest episode of “Killing Time” hosted by Gabby Felitto, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

This week’s episode is about the mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau, whose death was ruled a suicide, but the evidence tells a different, more sinister story.

Did you know Williams Hall was the first fireproof building on a college campus in the U.S? Photo Editor Stephan Toljan'...
03/20/2020
A look into the past: Williams Hall

Did you know Williams Hall was the first fireproof building on a college campus in the U.S?

Photo Editor Stephan Toljan's "A look into the past" series continues this week with the history of Williams Hall.

https://vtcynic.com/features/a-look-into-the-past-williams-hall/

In 1896, 43 years after the last fire in Old Mill, UVM decided it was time to build the first fireproof building on a college campus in the U.S. The result: Williams Science Hall. The building was constructed with money donated from Edward H. Williams, a philanthropist and railroad tycoon, according...

UVM Program Board’s Battle of the Bands preliminary rounds took place March 2-4 in Brennan’s. Thirteen bands competed fo...
03/20/2020
Battle of the Bands shows off student talent

UVM Program Board’s Battle of the Bands preliminary rounds took place March 2-4 in Brennan’s. Thirteen bands competed for four spots at the finals.

While the finalists of Battle of the Bands will not have the opportunity to compete for the winning title, Culture Writer Cyrus Oswald takes a look at all the acts who performed at the event.

https://vtcynic.com/culture/arts/battle-of-the-bands-shows-off-student-talent/

Brennan’s Pub & Bistro on most nights is a laid-back atmosphere for students to get food and hang out with their friends. UVM Program Board’s Battle of the Bands preliminary rounds took place March 2-4 in Brennan’s. Thirteen bands competed for four spots at the finals. On March 11, President S...

President Suresh Garimella has created the Pandemic Response Fund, all club events are cancelled through the end of the ...
03/19/2020
Your latest COVID-19 updates

President Suresh Garimella has created the Pandemic Response Fund, all club events are cancelled through the end of the semester and the Student Research Conference will go digital. Here's what you need to know.

UVM Foundation sets up new fund The UVM Foundation has set up a new fund where alumni can donate to help with the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Pandemic Response Fund was created by President Garimella to make sure the most funds can be used most effectively, according to...

In this episode, Nick Fech and Morgan Mettler sit down with  Frederic Sansoz, chair of the department of mechanical engi...
03/19/2020
ProfTalk – Frederic Sansoz

In this episode, Nick Fech and Morgan Mettler sit down with Frederic Sansoz, chair of the department of mechanical engineering, to discuss how he went about creating the world’s strongest silver and how that might lead to new innovations.
https://vtcynic.com/multimedia/proftalk-frederic-sansoz/

This week, Nick and Morgan sit down with the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Frederic Sansoz, to discuss how he went about creating the world’s strongest silver and how that might lead to new innovations (spoiler alert: foldable phones!).

Dietician Amy Sercel ‘14 doesn’t believe in calorie counting. “My goal is to help people use their internal cues to guid...
03/19/2020
Meet Amy Sercel: The anti-diet dietician

Dietician Amy Sercel ‘14 doesn’t believe in calorie counting.

“My goal is to help people use their internal cues to guide their eating habits,” she said.

Sercel received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition at UVM. However, her interest in food began in high school.

Dietician Amy Sercel ‘14 doesn’t believe in calorie counting, “My goal is to help people use their internal cues to guide their eating habits,” she said. Sercel is an on-campus dietician. She offers drop-in office hours at Living Well in the Davis Center to work with students on their relati...

UVM has restricted access to campus buildings and further limited the number of people that can gather on campus in its ...
03/18/2020
Your latest COVID-19 updates

UVM has restricted access to campus buildings and further limited the number of people that can gather on campus in its latest updated responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know:

UVM has restricted access to campus buildings and further limited the number of people that can gather on campus in its latest updated responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a March 18 email, Gary Derr, vice president for operations and public safety, stated effective immediately UVM buildings will....

Despite other recent closings and cancellations, The Vermont Cynic is still operating. It is the duty of the press to br...
03/18/2020
A Letter to Our Readers

Despite other recent closings and cancellations, The Vermont Cynic is still operating.

It is the duty of the press to bring you the news in both good times and bad. In fact, in moments like these, we need journalists more than ever to articulate reality and to help us understand what it all means.

Since 1883, it has been the responsibility of the Cynic to document life at UVM thoroughly and fairly. We plan to uphold that promise, despite recent events.

Dear Readers, Despite other recent closings and cancellations, we are writing to let you know The Vermont Cynic is still operating. It is the duty of the press to bring you the news in both good times and bad. In fact, in times like these, we need journalists more than ever to articulate reality and...

Amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, UVM has not and will not have CDC recommended hand sanitizer for use throughout the ...
03/18/2020
UVM’s hand sanitizer falls below CDC reccomendations

Amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, UVM has not and will not have CDC recommended hand sanitizer for use throughout the University.

In a March 17 email, Gary Derr, Vice President for operations and public safety, stated wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations throughout the University do not contain the CDC recommended 60% alcohol in the sanitizing solution.

Amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, UVM has not and will not have CDC recommended hand sanitizer for use throughout the University. In a March 17 email, Gary Derr, Vice President for operations and public safety, stated wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations throughout the University do not contain th...

UVM athletics has cancelled activities, access to Res Halls has become limited and a travel ban will take effect. In the...
03/14/2020
Your Friday COVID-19 updates

UVM athletics has cancelled activities, access to Res Halls has become limited and a travel ban will take effect. In the last 48 hours, UVM has made several announcements regarding how COVID-19 will affect students. Here’s what you need to know:

In the last 48 hours, UVM has made several announcements regarding how COVID-19 will affect students. Here’s what you need to know: UVM Athletics cancels all activities UVM athletics has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-2020 athletic season, following a slew of other athletic cancellations. All...

BREAKING: UVM is cancelling all classes on March 16 and 17 and will switch to remote learning methods for regularly sche...
03/11/2020
BREAKING: UVM switches to online classes amidst coronavirus outbreak

BREAKING: UVM is cancelling all classes on March 16 and 17 and will switch to remote learning methods for regularly scheduled classes starting March 18 due to the coronavirus outbreak according to a March 11 email from UVM President Suresh Garimella sent at 1:24 p.m.

Vice President for Operations and Public Safety, Gary Derr said he is unsure of how long he expects this to go on for.

“We don’t really have a time frame because we don’t know what ids going to happen with the spread of the virus,” Derr said. “I think there is an unknown end to it, but we did not put in a two-week window like other universities have, we just said until further notice and we will assess it as we go.”

UVM is cancelling all classes on March 16 and 17 and will switch to remote learning methods for regularly scheduled classes starting March 18 due to the coronavirus outbreak according to a March 11 email from UVM President Suresh Garimella sent at 1:24 p.m. Vice President for Operations and Public S...

From Opinion Columnist Jordan Spindel: "In recent years, talk of climate change has popped up more in the news cycle, an...
03/07/2020
Climate anxiety goes unspoken

From Opinion Columnist Jordan Spindel: "In recent years, talk of climate change has popped up more in the news cycle, and although reporting on it spreads awareness of the issue, very little of that news is positive.

"The prospect of growing up in a world ravaged by the environmental and societal effects of global warming scares many, including myself. What makes this even more hard-hitting is that we contribute to this change individually."
https://vtcynic.com/opinion/climate-anxiety-goes-unspoken/

One of the biggest global issues of our time is climate change. We are just starting to see its effects: droughts, floods and fires. These effects will only get more severe in the future, according to a November 2018 United Nations report. But there is one effect that goes underreported: anxiety and...

Address

116 Dudley Davis Center, The University Of Vermont
Burlington, VT
05401

General information

Editor-in-Chief Bridget Higdon [email protected] Managing Editor Alek Fleury [email protected] Operations Manager Tim Mealey Culture Sarah Robinson Features Greta Rohrer Copy Liv Marshall Layout Kyra Chavalier Marketing Daniel Felde News Sawyer Loftus Opinion Mills Sparkman Photo Stephan Toljan Podcasts David Cabrerra Social Media Manager Sam Litra [email protected] Video Jordan Mitchell Faculty Adviser Chris Evans crevans[email protected]

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when The Vermont Cynic posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to The Vermont Cynic:

Videos

Nearby media companies


Comments

Where is your article (https://vtcynic.com/news/update-state-attorney-declines-to-prosecute-first-years-charged-with-arson/ ) about the fires in Harris and the decision to leave punishment of five students in the hands of UVM? At minimum, UVM should expel students, fine them heavily and make them pay for damages. Let's recall what a fire prank did to students at Seton Hall in 2000... 3 died,58 were injured. What these UVM student did put UVM students in danger. No other outcome but expulsion is warrented here. The University of Vermont needs to do the right thing by holding students accountable, setting precedent, and saying we will NEVER accept behavior like this where we could be the next Seton Hall as described here: "The fire began around 4:30 AM on January 19, 2000, when most students were asleep. Two students later identified as Sean Ryan and Joseph LePore set fire to a paper banner that had been partially torn off from a wall display, located in a third floor lounge.[1] In their account the two men were intoxicated and decided to set fire to the banner as a prank, which would cause the smoke detectors to go off and the students would evacuate into 20°F weather. Ryan lit a match, passed it to LePore, who passed it back to Ryan, who "flicked" it onto the corner of the banner. They then left the banner smoldering and unattended before returning to their room about thirty feet from the lounge.[2] The fire spread rapidly across three couches in the third floor lounge and approached temperatures of up to 1500° Fahrenheit (815° Celsius) in less than five minutes.[3] Though no accelerant was used, the fire burned hot enough to melt the synthetic carpet of the hall, causing severe injuries to many of the students attempting to escape the conflagration by crawling on the floor to reach the stairs. In an effort to aid the evacuation of students, the resident assistant for the third floor, Dana Christmas, ran down the halls and knocked on doors in an effort to wake students up and alert them to the danger.[4] Most students on the third floor evacuated through the thick smoke using the staircases; a few jumped over 40 feet (12 meters) to the ground."
Hello! Some of my colleagues and I are students in the higher education and student affairs master’s program at UVM and are looking for current undergraduate UVM students who identify as LGBTQ+ and have completed at least one year at UVM for an interview-based study. We are looking to see how LGBTQ+ students at UVM feel they belong on-campus and what would make them feel more belonging on-campus. If you or someone you know identifies as LGBTQ+ and would be willing to participate in a brief interview, please contact Suzanna Stockey (she/her & they/them) at [email protected]. If you have any additional questions regarding the research or rights as a research participant, please feel free to contact Suzanna!
ATTN: VERMONT !!! ROLAND M. PRAIRIE > CAROL J. PATTEN > (1963-1988-2019) !!!
***Wanted: Defunct Det. ROLAND M. PRAIRIE! For: PERJURY, WITNESS TAMPERING, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE! Victim: CAROL J. PATTEN! (Murdered) ***Advancing Justice Through "2018 FORENSIC SCIENCE and DNA TECHNOLOGY" in the 1988 Derby, Vermont Unsolved "Closed-Cold-Case" Brutal Murder and Execution of CAROL PATTEN! >> So Why Is The Vermont State Police So Extremely Opposed And Against This Now Common-Police-Investgative-Practice And Tool That With Certainty SeeKs-Out And Finds: FACT, TRUTH And JUSTICE? !!!
Hello VERMONT! They need your HELP!!! Can anyone get a postcard the mail TODAY to help these kids out?📫🇺🇸⏰ PLEASE SEND A POSTCARD or SHARE to HELP THESE KIDS WIN the “Postcards Across America Contest”!!! 🤗📫🇺🇸🔴⚪️🔵⏰ They need postcards from across the USA in the mail ASAP so they receive them before Friday.
Good article about the downtown mural. One important point, Petrarca did not spray his message across the mural, it was on a very small legend near the mural. It was an act of civil disobedience, i.e. he went to the police, confessed his criminal act, and is willing to take his punishment. Petrilllo's right, no solution ever makes everyone happy, but the major decision was quickly made -- the mural offends the multi-cultural ethos of our community, then and now.
Event Tuesday at Lost Nation Theater!