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Annual event confronts rape culture

Annual event confronts rape culture

John Riedel and Joey Waldinger

April 21, 2017


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The UVM community gathered to take a stand against gender-based violence April 13. The 12th annual Dismantling Rape Culture conference, organized by the Women’s Center, was held on the fourth floor of the Davis Center. During the conference, students listened to leade...

SGA supports bystander intervention training

Lauren Schnepf, Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Vermont

The SGA has ruled in favor of supporting a bill that provides bystander intervention training for employees of nightlife establishments in the Burlington area.   The Bystander Intervention Training for Establishments Serving Alcohol in Burlington was supported by SGA April 11. The initi...

Former NBA owners donates millions to Gund Institute

Brandon Arcari, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


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UVM announced that with a new $6 million donation, the Gund Institute will be expanded to the entire University.The current Gund Institute for Ecological Economics will be expanded and renamed as the Gund Institute for Environment.The expansion will involve more interdisciplinary work acr...

Professor shares passion for robotics

Chloe Chaobal, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


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Josh Bongard, associate professor of computer science, spent a lot of time in high school thinking about robots and their usefulness to humans, he said. “Why did everyone think it would be so useful to have them, but no one could build them?” Bongard said. Bongard said h...

Quantitative reasoning added to requirements

Craig Pelsor, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


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A new general education requirement in mathematical problem solving will be added in fall 2017. The proposal for the new general education requirement focused on quantitative reasoning was passed by the Faculty Senate March 27, becoming the fourth University-wide requirement needed to gr...

UVM fundraises $45k for cancer research

Greta Brown, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


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On Saturday, hundreds of students and members of the Burlington community filled the Patrick Gym track, cheering in support of cancer research. Many UVM students from all types of organizations across campus, including members of fraternity and sorority life and ROTC, participated in the ...

Candidates tie in SGA election

Lauren Schnepf, Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


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For the first time in SGA history, there has been a tie between two candidates running for a position on the SGA Senate. A special runoff election took place between the tied candidates, Sen. David Chapnick and first-year Cammy Schiller, April 17 and 18, Sen. David Brandt stated in an A...

Sullivan announces book about free speech

Sullivan announces book about free speech

Greta Brown, Staff Writer

April 15, 2017


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President Tom Sullivan thinks it necessary to value free speech on college campuses, according to a new book he is writing, which has yet to be named.  Sullivan’s book will outline the challenges of interpreting the First Amendment and emphasize the necessity for college campuses to cultivate a civica...

Diversity forum educates faculty and staff

Diversity forum educates faculty and staff

Joey Waldinger, Staff Writer

April 14, 2017


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A crowd of scholars, faculty and students sat in the Silver Maple ballroom waiting to hear a presentation related to diversity at UVM.UVM held its 10th annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium March 30 and 31. The symposium was hosted by Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity an...

Environmental biology and geology minors cut

Environmental biology and geology minors cut

Craig Pelsor, Staff Writer

April 13, 2017


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Two environmental science minors have been cut following an uncontested Faculty Senate resolution according to meeting minutes from a Feb. 27 Faculty Senate meeting.After a complete lack of enrollment, the biology and geology minors have been terminated.“The faculty chose to eliminate these two minors becau...

UVM students learn beside local inmates

UVM students learn beside local inmates

Brandon Arcari, Senior Staff Writer

April 12, 2017


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Local prison inmates are studying alongside UVM students as part of a new program.UVM has become the first public university to institute a Liberal Arts in Prisons Program, implementing teaching techniques where students are taught alongside prison inmates.This semester, a class taught and d...

City councillor seeks SGA support in bystander intervention program

City councillor seeks SGA support in bystander intervention program

Erika B. Lewy, Assistant News Editor

April 11, 2017


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When UVM graduate Adam Roof '11 (I-Ward 8), was a student, he knew that he wanted to do something to address sexual assault in Burlington, he said.  Today, as city councillor, he's doing just that.In an SGA meeting on March 28, Roof asked for UVM's participation in a bystander intervention program...

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