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Day 2: Student racial justice protesters take over Admitted Students Day

Day 2: Student racial justice protesters take over Admitted Students Day

Brandon Arcari, Joey Waldinger, Ben Elfland, Lee Hughes, and Meg Trogolo

February 23, 2018


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NoNames for Justice disrupted Admitted Students Day at UVM by staging a racial justice protest in the Davis Center. A group of more than 200 protesters gathered for a second day of anti-administration protests on the fourth floor of the Davis Center. The protest, originally focused on informi...

Press Release: Burlington Police Chief on Student Racial Justice Protests

Brandon Del Pozo, Burlington Police Chief

February 23, 2018


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RECENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN BURLINGTON Last night, a group of approximately one hundred UVM students blocked traffic on Main Street during rush hour. The Burlington Police Department made the decision to allow the protests to continue. Protesters were otherwise highly cooperative and respectful. The pr...

John Mejia announces end of hunger strike

John Mejia announces end of hunger strike

Brandon Arcari, Assistant Breaking News Editor

February 23, 2018


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John Mejia ended their hunger strike after seven days. Mejia made the announcement at a rally by NoNames for Justice on the fourth floor of the Davis Center Feb. 23. Mejia, who has been striking since Feb. 16, said they were stopping because their slow death from starvation was affecting the people...

Mejia ends hunger strike over concern for students

Mejia ends hunger strike over concern for students

Brandon Arcari, Breaking News Assistant Editor

February 23, 2018


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John Mejia ended their hunger strike after seven days. Mejia announced this at a rally by NoNames for Justice on the fourth floor of the Davis Center Feb. 23. Mejia, who has been striking since Feb. 16, said they were stopping because their slow death from starvation was affecting the people they...

Burlington residents to vote on fighter jets

Joey Waldinger, Assistant News Editor

February 23, 2018


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Burlington residents get another chance to voice their support for or opposition to F-35 fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport. City councillors voted Jan. 29 to add a non-binding question to the Town Hall Meeting Day Ballot, the outcome of  which could advise, but not force, the co...

Students protest University president

Students protest University president

Joey Waldinger, Oliver Pomazi, Brandon Arcari, Meg Trogolo, Caroline Derksen, and Ben Elfland

February 23, 2018


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President Tom Sullivan did not meet with student racial justice protesters who blocked traffic for three hours. The group, who said it wanted to “me et on common ground,” began protesting on South Prospect Street and Main Street at 4:30 p.m. After three hours, they marched to occupy Waterma...

NoNames for Justice protest blocks off Main Street

NoNames for Justice protest blocks off Main Street

Joey Waldinger, Brandon Arcari

February 22, 2018


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Members of NoNames for Justice, a student activist group, said they were willing to be arrested during their protest on South Prospect and Main Street.   At 7:45 p.m., protesters moved into the Waterman building. The protest began at 4:30 p.m. when a group of graduate students walked out of a fina...

Employee on racial justice hunger strike says too sick for interview

Employee on racial justice hunger strike says too sick for interview

Joey Waldinger, Assistant News Editor

February 22, 2018


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UVM employee John Mejia was not well enough to complete a public interview after having been on hunger strike since Friday, Feb. 16, said Emily Howe, who works in the Office of Student and Community Relations. Mejia, who works in the Office of Student and Community Relations, began the strike in ...

Students battle with meal insecurity

Students battle with meal insecurity

Ben Elfland and Lee Hughes

February 21, 2018


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Roughly a quarter of UVM students are unsure of where their next meals will come from. The SGA Student Action Committee is now working with several departments to identify and address student food insecurity, senior SGA Senator Bhumika Patel said. The committee will design a plan to resolve th...

Students call for administrators to resign over handling of bias incidents

Students call for administrators to resign over handling of bias incidents

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

February 20, 2018


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This article updated at 4:10 p.m. Feb. 21.  Students and community members occupied the Waterman Feb. 20, calling for administrators to resign over the University’s handling of racial bias incidents. The rally, referred to as the “Done with the Bullsh*t Rally,” protested the University...

Staff member goes on hunger strike

Staff member goes on hunger strike

Brandon Arcari, Assistant Breaking News Editor

February 19, 2018


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Update 11:45 Feb. 24, John Mejia has ended their hunger strike: https://vtcynic.com/42746/news/john-mejia-announces-end-of-hunger-strike/   A hunger strike began outside of Waterman as part of a new demand for racial justice action at UVM and in the City of Burlington. John Mejia, a stud...

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