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Candidates tie in SGA election

Lauren Schnepf, Senior Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

For the first time in SGA history, there has been a tie between two candidates running for a position on the SGA Senate.   A special runoff election took place between the tied candidates, Sen. David Chapnick and first-year Cammy Schiller, April 17 and 18, Sen. David Brandt stated in an A...

Sullivan announces book about free speech

Sullivan announces book about free speech

Greta Brown, Staff Writer
April 15, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

President Tom Sullivan thinks it necessary to value free speech on college campuses, according to a new book he is writing, which has yet to be named.   Sullivan’s book will outline the challenges of interpreting the First Amendment and emphasize the necessity for college campuses to cultivate a civica...

Diversity forum educates faculty and staff

Diversity forum educates faculty and staff

Joey Waldinger, Staff Writer
April 14, 2017
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A crowd of scholars, faculty and students sat in the Silver Maple ballroom waiting to hear a presentation related to diversity at UVM. UVM held its 10th annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium March 30 and 31. The symposium was hosted by Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity an...

Environmental biology and geology minors cut

Environmental biology and geology minors cut

Craig Pelsor, Staff Writer
April 13, 2017
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Two environmental science minors have been cut following an uncontested Faculty Senate resolution according to meeting minutes from a Feb. 27 Faculty Senate meeting. After a complete lack of enrollment, the biology and geology minors have been terminated. “The faculty chose to eliminate these two minors becau...

UVM students learn beside local inmates

UVM students learn beside local inmates

Brandon Arcari, Senior Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
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Local prison inmates are studying alongside UVM students as part of a new program. UVM has become the first public university to institute a Liberal Arts in Prisons Program, implementing teaching techniques where students are taught alongside prison inmates. This semester, a class taught and d...

City councillor seeks SGA support in bystander intervention program

City councillor seeks SGA support in bystander intervention program

Erika B. Lewy, Assistant News Editor
April 11, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

When UVM graduate Adam Roof '11 (I-Ward 8), was a student, he knew that he wanted to do something to address sexual assault in Burlington, he said.  Today, as city councillor, he's doing just that. In an SGA meeting on March 28, Roof asked for UVM's participation in a bystander intervention program...

City council discusses housing and UVM

City council discusses housing and UVM

John Riedel and Chris Dillon
April 11, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

As city council elections have come to an end, the new council is looking toward tackling housing and development during its first term. Housing has been an issue in Burlington for decades, and the new city council is emphasizing the need to develop new housing for both students and families. ...

Migrant justice activists return home after immigration hearing

Migrant justice activists return home after immigration hearing

Chloe Chaobal, Staff Writer
April 10, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Boston March 28 in support of recently arrested Vermont immigration activists. Enrique Balcazar and Zully Palacios, who are married, were arrested March 17 in Burlington. Palacios was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for ov...

Sullivan assessed by board of trustee’s review

Sullivan assessed by board of trustee’s review

Lucy Bisselle, Staff Writer
April 10, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

President Tom Sullivan thinks it necessary to value free speech on college campuses, according to a new book he is writing, which has yet to be named.   Sullivan’s book will outline the challenges of interpreting the First Amendment and emphasize the necessity for college campuses to cultiva...

Senator elected to Vice Presidency

Senator elected to Vice Presidency

Lauren Schnepf, Senior Staff Writer
April 6, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

Junior Nicole Woodcock waved to one of her fellow senators before sitting down in an armchair tucked in a back corner of the SGA office. From her time on senate, she knows everyone in this office. Woodcock will serve as SGA vice president for the upcoming year. She said her road to engagement d...

New president marks beginning of an era

New president marks beginning of an era

Lauren Schnepf, Senior Staff Writer
April 5, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

Junior Chris Petrillo took off his baseball cap and pushed up the sleeves of the longsleeve shirt bearing the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity logo as he sat down. Petrillo leaned forward on the couch located in the back corner of the SGA office, placing his elbows on his knees, avoiding looking at the ...

Burlington ranks among safest cities for kids

Burlington ranks among safest cities for kids

Chris Dillon, Staff Writer
April 2, 2017
Filed under News, Vermont

Burlington is among the top five safest cities for kids, according to a recent study. The study, released in January by the data-based finance website ValuePenguin, gave Burlington high ranks for community, access to healthcare and education, but scored lower in the category related to crime.   ...

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