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First-year student dies

First-year student dies

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

February 3, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

A first-year student died unexpectedly over the weekend. First-year Connor Gage from Little Falls, N.Y. died Feb. 2 off campus, according to a Feb. 3 email to the University community from Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs. No exact cause of death has been confirmed by the Bu...

Technical professionals continue hospital negotiations

Technical professionals continue hospital negotiations

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Hospital technical employees’ contracts are currently under negotation. Following strikes from nurses in the summer of 2018, contract negotiations are taking place with the University of Vermont Medical Center. The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, the nurses’ union, aims t...

Food insecurity: a local issue with national attention

Food insecurity: a local issue with national attention

Sophia Venturo and Cullen Paradis

January 29, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

A federal report on student hunger showed that UVM is not alone in having a problem with student food insecurity. The federal report found that four in 10 students at four-year colleges are food insecure. UVM food insecurity studies found that 17 to 25 percent of UVM students are food insecure, acc...

Civil rights speaker calls for action

Civil rights speaker calls for action

Rachel Halpern, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

An American civil rights leader and politician spoke at UVM, encouraging young people to work for positive change. Benjamin Jealous came to UVM Jan. 22 as part of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Education & Learning Series. Jealous is the former president and CEO of the NAACP and a 2018 Marylan...

Search for a new University president nears its end

Search for a new University president nears its end

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

January 26, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

As the board of trustees prepares to select the next University president, public meetings will be held in February for the UVM community to weigh in. David Daigle, chair of the board of trustees and co-chair of the presidential search committee, announced the meetings in an email to the University...

Vermont attorney general helps lead hands-on class

Vermont attorney general helps lead hands-on class

Cullen Paradis and Sophia Venturo

January 25, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Vermont

The Vermont Consumer Assistance Program, based at UVM, gives students a chance to work directly with economic law in Vermont. Since its creation in 1981 as a resource for consumers and understaffed legislators, CAP has worked closely with the University and students to handle conflicts between consum...

Program builds home for recovery

Program builds home for recovery

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

January 24, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

At UVM, one woman is working to build a community around students who identify as being in recovery from drug use. Amy Boyd Austin, the director of the Catamount Recovery Program, has been working since the group was founded in 2010 to include students in recovery in the University community, she s...

Campaign calls for Arabic class offerings

Campaign calls for Arabic class offerings

Julianne Lesch, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

A UVM student is fighting to bring Arabic back to campus since no formal classes have been taught since 2017. Khalid AlMubarak, a continuing education student and native Arabic speaker, is now offering tutoring opportunities on campus for students to learn Arabic. UVM lost its only Arabic professor in ...

New event center will be named after major donors

New event center will be named after major donors

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

UVM’s new $95 million event center will be named after the project’s leading donors. The University announced that Richard and Deb Tarrant donated $15 million to a new multipurpose facility, according to a Dec. 18 press release. The Tarrants’ gift is the largest capital gift in UVM’s histo...

Research funding halts in shutdown

Research funding halts in shutdown

Lindsay Freed, Senior Staff Writer

January 16, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Research at UVM will go unfunded if the government shutdown continues, but financial aid is unaffected. The closure of certain federal departments and agencies that provide grants could slow down research at the University, said Wendy Koenig, UVM director of federal and state relations. “[The shutd...

Opioids on campus: with no consensus, a problem goes unchecked

Opioids on campus: with no consensus, a problem goes unchecked

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

January 15, 2019


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

Sarah came to UVM ready to start the next chapter of her life. As the daughter of a heroin addict, she knew the dangers of the drug. But to her surprise, opioids followed her to campus. The scope of the opioid problem is not clear at UVM, but the experts are in agreement that substances like heroi...

New federal changes could force UVM to change sexual assault policies

New federal changes could force UVM to change sexual assault policies

Brandon Arcari and Sawyer Loftus

January 2, 2019


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

Updates to federal rules on sexual assault investigations by the Department of Education could soon force UVM to change its policies. The newly-published updates, originally leaked in September, would alter the way colleges are expected to handle Title IX investigations. Title IX is the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimi...

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