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Sophomore Cam Morrissey sits in the empty bleachers of the Gutterson Fieldhouse Dec. 6. Morrissey trains with her team five days a week during the winter.

Concern arises for student athletes’ mental health during isolation

Payton Kurrle, Feature Staff Writer December 22, 2020

A month before Christmas, Cameron Morrissey, a member of the UVM women’s hockey team, and her family decorated their Christmas tree.  The next day, Morrissey returned to UVM, for the entirety of...

Patience Bannerman, the owner of the market, seen inside her store.

Burlington’s sole African Market faces uncertain future

Payton Kurrle, Features Staff Writer November 26, 2020

Patience Bannerman sits at her checkout counter, conversing with a customer. In front of her are Stockfish Bits and homemade donuts, behind her are mannequins with a variety of colored wigs.  The Mawuhi...

The Grossman School of Business is made up of Ifshin and Kalkin Halls, pictured Nov. 8

Business majors’ voting rates remain low

Liz Chadwick, Features Staff Writer November 12, 2020

Despite Vermont’s record-breaking voting turnout in 2020, UVM’s voting rate historically falls short of average, and certain majors appear to contribute to its low participation more than others. According...

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, Molly Gray, stands with a group of supporters on the corner of Marshall Ave. and St. George Rd. in Williston, VT, Oct. 30.

UVM alumna runs for Lieutenant Governor

Tulley Hescock, Assistant Feature Editor November 3, 2020

For Molly Gray, Vermont always seemed to call her back, no matter where she went. Gray, born in Vermont and raised on her parents vegetable farm in Newbury, Vermont, graduated from UVM in 2007. Thirteen...

Graduate Student Manya Ruckhaus works in the Geology lab on Trinity, Oct. 22.

‘Critical Zone’ team awarded $3.2 million

Rebecca Holt, Features Staff Writer October 30, 2020

The University of Vermont received a grant of $3.2 million towards research, bringing together professors from different disciplines all pointed towards understanding the Earth’s climate and ecosystems. The...

Ski resorts grapple with COVID restrictions

Ski resorts grapple with COVID restrictions

Liz Chadwick, Feature Staff Writer October 22, 2020

Last March, Vermont’s ski mountains were suddenly empty.  As the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the world, crowds of skiers made their last descent and packed up their gear, unaware not only...

Protecting Vermont reproductive rights

Protecting Vermont reproductive rights

Tulley Hescock, Staff Writer October 14, 2020

Currently, Vermont has some of the most unrestricted abortion laws in the country.  After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September, reproductive rights have been at the forefront...

Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather

Kyle Elms, Assistant Photo Editor October 9, 2020

As the sporadic rain storms fell down upon the cold Flynn St. cement, customers shuffled around, looking to buy sweaters and various antiques from the Vintage Lifestyle Marketplace. There was never...

The wheels keep turning on CAT Busses

The wheels keep turning on CAT Busses

Elizabeth Roote, Staff Writer October 5, 2020

Seven months ago, Catamount Area Transportation Busses rumbled down campus roads, packed to the brim and alive with conversation. Now, its ridership caps at 14. COVID-19 changed many aspects of UVM’s...

As the sun rises in the eastern sky illuminating the Green Mountains, a hiker begins their descent down from the peak of Camel’s Hump Sept. 20.

6:37 a.m., 4,081 feet

Greta Rohrer, Features Editor September 25, 2020

On Sept. 20, the entrance of Burrows Trailhead, enveloped under vibrant branches and leaves, remained colorless in the 4:45a.m. darkness, approximately two hours before sunrise.  Moonlight gleamed...

COVID-19 impacts BTV bar scene

COVID-19 impacts BTV bar scene

Rebecca Holt, Staff Writer September 14, 2020

On Aug. 20th, the City of Burlington instituted new policies limiting gathering sizes and alcohol sales to prevent the spread of COVID-19, right before University of Vermont students flooded back into...

Noel Ruby-Williams sits on a porch in the home of the children she nannies for in Montpelier, Vermont.

Leader, activist and caregiver: Meet Noel Riby-Williams

Kate Vanni, Layout and Illustrations Editor September 4, 2020

A smile crept over Noel Riby-Williams’ face as the three kids she nannies tapped on the window and peeked through the blinds, watching her throughout the interview. Sitting on the porch, Riby-Williams,...

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