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The English Majors Union Lives and Spends

February 9
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Our purpose in reviving the English Majors Union is remarkably straightforward. Abundant resources are available for students, which are underused. Our sole intent is the pursuit of academic interest. Revolutionary faculty member Todd McGowan agrees with our basic principle: providing students with...

Notes from Abroad

February 9
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Hey UVM, not all of us get internships over the summer. While most were scrambling for jobs at home or kicking around Burlington, junior Zach Holz had the oppurtunity to broaden his horizons on a 2-month trip across Europe. The following are excerpts from his travels....Expectation. I had been prop...

Grip it and Rip it: A Tale in the Life of Brett Weir

February 9
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My favorite male model, Hansel once said, "Sometimes you just have to grip it and rip it." These words resonated loudly in my head on January 2nd, when I decided to hike and ski Tuckerman's Ravine on Mount Washington, New Hampshire.Skiing Tuckerman's in January is not a common activity for most peop...

White Powder: A Trip to Mammoth

February 9
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As long as you have at least one friend in the entire state of California you should be able to pull off a cheap trip to one of America's greatest ski resorts, Mammoth Mountain. Getting from the east to left coast is a breeze if you buy a jet-blue ticket online. Right now there is a shuttle which ru...

Professor Profile: Dr. Judith Van Houten

Elizabeth Engel
February 9
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Dr. Judith L. Van Houten, who has taught in the University of Vermont Biology Department for the past twenty-three years, is an inspiration to students interested in the study of Biology and related fields. During our meeting, she expressed an energetic love for Biology rooted early in her life. When I ...

Professor Profile: Margo Thompson

Andrew Woods
February 2
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Margo Thompson speaks softly, walks confidently, and extrudes a subtle confidence that appears at once to indicate an academic stability and comfort rarely found in the academic halls of UVM. Margo Thompson is an art history professor here at UVM, although she has resided and studied in several places, Ve...

16 Things You Didn’t Know About Howard Dean

Carly Baldwin
February 2
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1. Although he is often perceived as being very liberal, Dean actually represented the more conservative sector of the Vermont Democratic party.2. He has a son in his late teens and a daughter in her 20s.3. His son, who attends Burlington High School, reportedly broke into the Burlington Country Cl...

An Interview With Daniel Fogel(?)

Michael Blouin
February 2
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I've decided that it's time I showed my true journalistic colors. Too many people are beginning to think of me as an entertainer. I am not here to tell jokes or to say ridiculous things for your amusement. I am only interested in the facts, the hard truth, the nitty-gritty. So, using this tenacious ta...

Wife to Bible: Get A Job

Dick Fischer
February 2
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Biblical literalism often is blamed as a leading cause of conflict between creationists and evolutionary scientists. Battles are waged in school boards and textbook committees every year over whether evolution is a fact or theory, or just plain wrong. Is taking the Bible too literally a source of...

Fogel Can’t be Trusted, Says Local Hipster

Nick Bewley
January 26
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For months I had heard about the infamous "round table" discussions, forums in which the students of this university are invited to meet with their noble leader, Daniel Mark Fogel. I had deliberated for a while about the worth and usefulness of such an event. Finally, however, I forced myself to attend-after al...

Why is This Crap on Every Channel?

Ben Wilson
January 26
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So the president of these United States delivered his State of the Union address this past week. GW opened his speech with a rather long-winded diatribe about terrorism, American military action in the Middle East and the very real cost of freedom. With American casualties in Iraq increasing in number...

So So-Cal Surfing, Bra

Scott Woodruff
January 26
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The motto of any East Coast surfer is: "Take what you can get and be happy with it." As sad as this may be, it is very true. Waves tend to pound the Eastern seaboard consistently once a year in the fall and a couple of times during the brutally cold winters. In the summer when the waves should be coming...

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