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Despicable rule: a minion takeover

Despicable rule: a minion takeover

May 5, 2016

It all started July 9, 2010. It was innocent enough: finally, Steve Carrell was going to do some...

On Montreal and tragic poutine encounters

On Montreal and tragic poutine encounters

April 8, 2016

One of the perks of attending the University of Vermont is its proximity to Canada, a terrify...

Post course info online to better inform students for registration

March 23, 2016

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials, Staff Editorial

On March 20, SGA leadership sent a letter to the administration advocating for course descriptions and syllabi to be made available online for all classes during registration.Professors are “expected” to post expanded course descriptions before registration, but in employee contracts, lines can be blurred between w...

Four ways to better your Halloween

October 28, 2015

Filed under Modest Proposals, Opinion, Opinion Editorials

1. Don’t under-think your costumes. Every year I see the same avoidable mistakes at Halloween parties. Many groups try to do a theme costume which works well in pictures, but ends up being horribly confusing once even one person in the crew isn’t immediately around.There’s just nothing more annoying than explaining you...

BuzzFeed refashions culinary industry

Daltrey Burris

October 21, 2015

Filed under Modest Proposals, Opinion, Opinion Editorials

World-renowned winner of the Iron Chef award, Javier del Toro, stated last Thursday that the key to his culinary success was Buzzfeed’s online cooking videos. “I had always been on Facebook a lot, it was usually boring but I felt like I had to check it,” del Toro revealed. “Yet one day a person I sorta knew from high school post...

There isn’t a man in your shower

Daltrey Burris

October 14, 2015

Filed under Modest Proposals, Opinion, Opinion Editorials

There’s not a man waiting behind your shower curtain waiting to kill you. Why would there be? That would be a terrible place to murder you in cold blood. If you’re about to shower, you’ll be naked and vulnerable with nothing to defend yourself. You won’t have a pocketknife or a gun or even your absurdly pointy Toyota Tac...

Lend graduate students your support

October 14, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

Even the most skilled debater would have a hard time arguing the position that public research universities aren’t vital to the health of society.This is especially true in Vermont, where UVM stands as the only public research university. The professional curiosity here that is cultivated, produced and shared with the world i...

UVM police services blame victim

Caroline DeCunzo

October 7, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

UVM police services recently sent an email to all UVM students regarding a reported sexual assault at UVM FallFest. Reporting an instance of sexual assault, particularly to police, can be a traumatic and challenging experience, and I want to commend the person who had the courage to report their assault. One of the many reas...

UVM preacher should opine somewhere else

Aleah Gatto

October 7, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

A few weeks ago, I was walking through the quad when I saw a middle-aged man standing on a rock, yelling, waving his arms around and holding a black  leather Bible in his hand. A throng of college students had formed around him, and for a moment I thought they were actually being touched by whatever radical revelations he wa...

First-year reinvents himself as slightly different loser

Daltrey Burris

September 30, 2015

Filed under Modest Proposals, Opinion, Opinion Editorials

UVM first-year student James Gleeson has quickly and purposefully changed his image in the first few weeks of college. Desperately trying to rebrand himself from “the kid even the teachers bullied,” Gleeson believes his transformation has allowed him to become the gregarious, social butterfly he’s always dreamed of growi...

On the priority of editorial autonomy

Joey Brown

September 29, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

An editor of any sufficient quality and merit is one who is precise in his proofreading; able to direct his writers through the intimidating jumble of competing information and stories of daily life; and who is, preferably, able to write, himself. But perhaps chief among the cardinal editorial virtues is grit. An editor who...

UVM to hold ticketed orientation

UVM to hold ticketed orientation

September 24, 2015

For the first time in Vermont history, the University of Vermont has offered its incoming first-years the chance to be ...

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