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President Sullivan assures enrollment for DACA students

President Sullivan assures enrollment for DACA students

Chloe Chaobal
January 19
Filed under Campus, News

UVM sent emails to assure students that the University will stand with them, even if there are national changes to immigration policy. Last month, President Tom Sullivan sent an email to the UVM community addressing concerns about a program started by President Obama’s administration that was imple...

Parking restricted near Redstone campus

Parking restricted near Redstone campus

January 19
Filed under Campus, News, Vermont

Faculty and staff showed up to their usual Wednesday parking spaces on a November morning   and were greeted with reserved signs.   Due to a resolution passed on Sep. 21 by the Public Works Commission, the parking spaces  between Henderson Terrace and Cliff Street on South Prospect Street are now rese...

The evolution of NBR over time

The evolution of NBR over time

Chloe Chaobal
January 18
Filed under Campus, News

Although the Naked Bike Ride has occurred at UVM for the last 21 years, each “ride” is different.   The event occurs annually on the last day of classes. In past years, the NBR has fallen on a Wednesday. In 2016, the event occurred Friday, Dec. 4.     The event was spearhead...

FSL loses tax-exempt status, numbers drop

FSL loses tax-exempt status, numbers drop

Erika B. Lewy
January 18
Filed under Campus, News, Vermont

UVM fraternities and sororities are facing a decrease in membership following the loss of their property tax exemption.   On Jan. 1, a 2014 state law that repealed Greek organizations' exemption was enacted.   Sigma Phi fraternity is already feeling the effects of the tax, namely in decreasin...

Bikers see renovations along Burlington waterfront

Bikers see renovations along Burlington waterfront

Colin Bushweller
January 17
Filed under News, Vermont

Those who cycle through Burlington this year will be greeted with renovations made to the city’s downtown bike path. The path —which is now renamed the “Burlington Greenway” — has newly-added features that turn it into a linear park for recreation while improving views of Lake Champlain, ...

Team returns home after shooting

Team returns home after shooting

January 17
Filed under Campus, News

Junior Kelly Lennon instinctively launched her body on top of one of her best friends and teammate protect her after a group of people entered her airport terminal yelling ‘get down,’ she said.   Shots were fired in a nearby terminal about an hour earlier.   Moments before, ...

Swim team escaped airport shooting

Swim team escaped airport shooting

Brandon Arcari
January 7
Filed under News, Uncategorized

As the UVM women’s swimming and diving team awaited their flight from the from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, gunshots rang out from a terminal, according to a  statement from UVM officials. At around 1 p.m., a man, later identified by law enforcement officials as former marine Este...

Faculty assesses student performance

Faculty assesses student performance

December 7
Filed under Campus, News

The Faculty Senate has begun implementing a new form of student assessment focused on helping faculty better design their curriculum. The UVM Assessment Initiative launched last year is ready to be put into use by faculty and staff to collect data on how students here are performing, and d...

Struggle to sublet hinder studying abroad

Struggle to sublet hinder studying abroad

December 6
Filed under News, Vermont

For some students, the ability to sublet may be just as important a factor as rent and location are while searching for off-campus leases for next year. Students struggle to find subletters to take over their off-campus leases while they study abroad, and it’s causing emotional and financial s...

Burlington becomes a sanctuary

Burlington becomes a sanctuary

Colin Bushweller
December 6
Filed under News

The City Council approved the decision to make Burlington a sanctuary city Nov. 8, contrary to President-elect Donald Trump’s federal immigration plan proposals. The council passed the motion 10-2. Councilmen Kurt Wright, R-Ward 4 and Dave Hartnett, I-North District, voted against the reso...

Mental help spikes

Mental help spikes

Erika B. Lewy
December 6
Filed under Campus, News

The increase in students requesting mental health services at UVM — particularly during finals —may actually be a very good sign, several university officials said. As the stigma around getting support for mental health issues dissipates, students are more likely to seek help, said Jon Port...

Clean Energy Fund to get financial facelift

Clean Energy Fund to get financial facelift

December 1
Filed under Campus, News

The Clean Energy Fund is being restructured to have students more involved in choosing what projects the money goes toward. The CEF is funded by a $10 contribution included in the cost of tuition. It started in 2008 and is meant to help reduce UVM’s own greenhouse gas emissions, as well as educ...

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