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Thieves attempt bicycle robbery outside Central Campus

Thieves attempt bicycle robbery outside Central Campus

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor

July 11, 2019

  The UVM Police has obtained footage of two bike thieves after an attempted robbery at the Central Campus Bicycle Storage Hut.  Eric Breeyear, 36, and Tylor Sears, 28, were identified through a combination of video footage, photos and eyewitness reports, according to a July 9 UVM Po...

Man’s public records dispute lives to see another day in court

Man’s public records dispute lives to see another day in court

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

June 28, 2019

The Vermont Supreme court has ruled a man may be able to sidestep UVM after the university refused to give up a police record. The court ruled June 27, 2019, that Jacob Oblak's petition he made to the criminal court for the arrest affidavit of Wesley Richter should have been considered by a lower...

Sullivan apologizes for eugenics survey in open letter

Sullivan apologizes for eugenics survey in open letter

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor

June 27, 2019

Tom Sullivan, outgoing University president, has apologized for the "stereotyping, persecution and in some cases state sponsored sterilization" of the Vermont Eugenics Survey that took place at UVM from 1925 to 1935, according to an open letter to the UVM community.  The letter was sent in an em...

UVM ranked LGBTQ-friendly by national nonprofit

UVM ranked LGBTQ-friendly by national nonprofit

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor

June 26, 2019

UVM has been ranked among the Northeast’s “Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students” according to a new ranking from Campus Pride, which also ranked UVM as the top LGBTQ-friendly school in the state of Vermont.  Together with BestColleges.com, Campus Pride ranks schools based on their LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices, according to their website.  UVM’s overall ranking was four and a half stars out of five.  In most categories, the University scored four and a half or five stars. UVM’s weakest areas included LGBTQ policy inclusion and LGBTQ recruitment and retention, receiving four stars and three and a half stars, respectively.  Prism Center Director Kate Jerman said she was excited by UVM’s ranking.  “Rankings li...

UVM basketball star withdraws from NBA draft

UVM basketball star withdraws from NBA draft

Alek Fleury and Mills Sparkman, Managing Editor and Summer Editor

June 5, 2019

UVM basketball star Anthony Lamb decided to withdraw his name from the NBA draft despite multiple workout invites from NBA teams including the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. Lamb will return to UVM to play out his senior year on the team. “I’m excited to announce...

The past is present: UVM’s buildings have their own stories to tell

The past is present: UVM’s buildings have their own stories to tell

Julianne Lesch and Zoe Stern

June 2, 2019

When walking around UVM’s campus, students experience a clash between new and old architecture. University Place is a street lined with red brick historic buildings that are decorated with gargoyles. Right behind it lies a modern, brand new STEM complex.     The architecture on campus provides ...

Following the Calling 2: The Cynic Reviews Boston Calling 2019

Following the Calling 2: The Cynic Reviews Boston Calling 2019

Sarah Robinson, Culture Editor

June 1, 2019

During the school year, Harvard University, one of the United States’ most prestigious universities, fills its hallways and sidewalks with students ready to learn, party or both. When school lets out for summer, the Harvard University athletic complex fills with eager festival goers to enjoy music...

Board of trustees recap: final approval given on multi-million dollar center, tuition increased

Board of trustees recap: final approval given on multi-million dollar center, tuition increased

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 22, 2019

Construction on the multi-million dollar Multipurpose Center project could start as soon as this week following final approval from the UVM board of trustees. The board of trustees meets three times per academic year. This year they met May 17 and May 18 at the University to close out the 2018-201...

Vermont Supreme Court hears arguments in UVM public records dispute

Vermont Supreme Court hears arguments in UVM public records dispute

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 18, 2019

The Vermont Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, May 15, in a case that could push UVM to release a document pertaining to a student’s arrest.   Jacob Oblak, a recent graduate from Vermont Law school, sued UVM last year after filing a public records request for a UVM police services affidavit, a document stating the reasons for arrest. Oblak requested a document from ...

SGA pushes for a new climate action plan

SGA pushes for a new climate action plan

Zoe Stern, Senior Staff Writer

May 3, 2019

SGA unanimously passed a resolution urging incoming President Suresh Garimella to create a new climate action plan. SGA is concerned the University won’t meet its current goals. The resolution was signed- by SGA April 23 to address the University’s current Climate Action Plan creat...

Student’s sexual assault campaign gains traction in VT legislature

Student’s sexual assault campaign gains traction in VT legislature

Emma Pinezich, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

Last year sophomore Syd Ovitt started a petition to force universities to indicate when a student was dismissed for sexual assault. The petition currently has 52,428 signatures and support from Vermont politicians including Rep. Selene Colburn, Sen. Philip Baruth and Congressman Peter Welc...

Man takes UVM to VT Supreme Court over public records

Man takes UVM to VT Supreme Court over public records

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 1, 2019

A man is suing UVM in the Vermont Supreme Court to push the University to be more transparent over a student’s arrest. Jacob Oblak, a law student at Vermont Law School, is appealing his public records case against UVM to the Vermont Supreme Court after a lower court threw out his case. His...

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