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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 ...

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 ...

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...

Vermont College Democrats hold first ever statewide convention

Vermont College Democrats hold first ever statewide convention

Julianne Lesch and Zoe Stern

April 30, 2019

The College Democrats of Vermont held their first ever statewide convention at UVM April 28 in an effort to engage students in political activism.   Tim Ashe, president of the Vermont Senate, gave opening remarks. He was followed by three breakout sessions, a women in politics panel and a keynote sp...

Shooting off campus sends two to the hospital

Shooting off campus sends two to the hospital

Staff Report

April 16, 2019

Two people have been shot during what police call a "shootout" on North Willard Street. The University sent out CatAlerts around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon stating Burlington Police was investigating an "ongoing incident" close to University Place and Colchester Avenue. Burlington Police responded...

Vermont attorney general helps lead hands-on class

Vermont attorney general helps lead hands-on class

Cullen Paradis and Sophia Venturo

January 25, 2019

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...

Student campaign inspires state senator to champion assault law

Student campaign inspires state senator to champion assault law

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

December 12, 2018

Legislation that would force UVM and other universities to disclose if a student was dismissed for sexual misconduct will soon be proposed in the Vermont Statehouse. Philip Baruth, a UVM English professor and the chair of the Vermont Senate Education Committee, said that he will be championing that leg...

Protests expected following departure of Attorney General

Protests expected following departure of Attorney General

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

November 8, 2018

Protests are brewing in Vermont following the outing of federal Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as concerns over the safety of the Trump-Russia investigation grow. Thirteen separate protests are planned in Vermont, and are expected to be carried out Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. according to MoveOn, a progressive ...

Nurses strike deal with medical center

Nurses strike deal with medical center

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

September 27, 2018

After eight months of negotiating UVM Medical Center nurses and the administration have struck a lasting deal. The nurses announced the vote by union membership in favor of the contract via Facebook Sept. 27, the night before a scheduled press conference in front of the medical center. The union...

Nurses and Medical Center reach tentative agreement

Nurses and Medical Center reach tentative agreement

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

September 19, 2018

Updated 9/20/18 at 12:04 AM to include a statement from UVM Medical Center.  After months of bargaining, UVM Medical Center nurses and administration have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, according to a Sept. 20 press release. The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professio...

VT Governor Candidate campaigns with celebrity

VT Governor Candidate campaigns with celebrity

Staff Report

September 19, 2018

Alek Fleury Democratic candidate for Vermont governor Christine Hallquist and actor Misha Collins discussed campaign issues in front of a crowd of students Wednesday in the Davis Center at a UVM College Democrats’ event. Hallquist made history as the first openly transgender candidate to win a major pa...

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