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First-year retention rate falls behind

First-year retention rate falls behind

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

UVM has fallen behind its comparative schools in retention rate of students. Comparative schools, like Boston University, outdo UVM by four to five percent, a trend driven by a need to better connect students with academic opportunities and lower levels of school spirit, said Alexander Yin, director of...

Head in the clouds: an inside look at Juul use on campus

Head in the clouds: an inside look at Juul use on campus

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

The first time Zoe Silverman, a first-year, hit a Juul, she was 16. When it was offered to her, she didn’t think twice. Two years later, Silverman abandoned her  own Juul before coming to UVM because it was a waste of money, she said. Students on UVM’s campus have mixed feelings over vaping,...

Canadian slavery lecture shares lost stories

Canadian slavery lecture shares lost stories

Lindsay Freed, Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The Waterman Memorial Lounge was crowded Nov. 28 with students and faculty waiting to hear history professor Amani Whitfield speak about slavery in Canada. Whitfield’s lecture was part of the College of Arts and Science’s Full Professor Lecture Series, started in 2007 by then-CAS Dean Eleanor M...

Professor scores 30 under 30

Professor scores 30 under 30

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

A UVM assistant professor in chemistry was selected to be featured on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for science. Michael Ruggiero was selected for his work in trying to understand how atoms move. “What I ended up being interested in is a different kind of motion, so maybe it’s two atoms moving ...

Students compete in pitch contest

Students compete in pitch contest

Lindsay Freed, Senior Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under News

Four teams of UVM students competed Nov. 13 for the chance to win money to help fund their businesses. Senior Max Muller and junior Grayson Glosser won with their business’ redesign of the hospital gown, which they called the Recovery Robe. Their team designed the gown after they heard complaint...

First-year programmed housing plan moves forward

First-year programmed housing plan moves forward

Lily Young, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

There will be 100 percent participation in learning communities by first-years by fall 2019. Next school year, all first-year housing options will be in learning communities. Residential Life Director Rafael Rodriguez said that this has been a major goal for Reslife for the past three years. Sophomor...

SGA takes steps to end food insecurity

SGA takes steps to end food insecurity

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

November 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

To help fix food insecurity at UVM, a food pantry and meal swipe bank program will soon come to campus. Two surveys given to the UVM community found that 17 to 25 percent of undergraduate students at UVM don’t have access to enough food. SGA President Ethan Foley, a junior, has been working on a food...

Dining hall takes part in Meatless Monday initiative

Dining hall takes part in Meatless Monday initiative

Lee Hughes and Rachel Halpern

November 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Redstone Dining Hall served dinner as usual Nov. 12, but with one significant change: there was no meat. Green Mountain Veggies, a UVM club promoting eco-consciousness, is enacting its vision for Meatless Mondays on a small scale Nov. 12 and 26 as well as Dec. 3 and 10, said sophomore Lissy Kelly, din...

SGA works to protect marginalized groups on campus

SGA works to protect marginalized groups on campus

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

November 17, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Uncategorized

SGA has passed two resolutions to show their support of transgender, nonbinary and intersex students, as well as Jewish students, in light of the national political climate. The first resolution, in support of the Queer Student Union and their funding requests, was sponsored by sophomore Carolynn Van Arsda...

Carbon tax research gives hope in fight against climate change

Carbon tax research gives hope in fight against climate change

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

There is hope for a solution for climate change and wealth inequality; such a solution was presented at a Nov. 9 talk in LaFayette Hall. Entitled “The Impact of Carbon Tax on Inequality in the United States,” the presentation by Mark Paul, as associate professor at the New College of Florida,...

Dining hall bug leads to contract suspension

Dining hall bug leads to contract suspension

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

After videos of bugs in dining hall food circulated on social media, UVM suspended a portion of its food order from a local agricultural nonprofit. Barstool UVM, affiliate of pop culture blog Barstool Sports, posted an Instagram video of a cabbage worm, which they described as a “maggot,” in a salad S...

White house firing sparks protests

White house firing sparks protests

Sawyer Loftus and Julianne Lesch

November 14, 2018


Filed under News

Hundreds of people gathered in Burlington to protest the ousting of Attorney General Jeff Sessions as concerns over the future of the Trump-Russia investigation grow. At least 400 hundred protestors marched Nov. 8 from the Federal Building on Elmwood Avenue to nearby City Hall to make their voices ...

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