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Guest commentary: UVM’s land grant mission is paramount

Guest commentary: UVM’s land grant mission is paramount

Guest Commentary

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Editor's Note: This commentary is by Suresh V. Garimella, President, University of Vermont Against the back wall of my UVM office sits an antique wooden desk. Its surface is bare of books and paper because it serves no mere utilitarian purpose. As the desk that once belonged to Vermont Sena...

Setting boundaries? Try holding off on holding hands

Setting boundaries? Try holding off on holding hands

Erin Powell

December 12, 2019

During the summer of 2018, I decided to keep myself pure for marriage and save hand-holding for my husband. Only hand-holding. It started off as a joke between me and my friends when we were making fun of fundamentalist Christians like the Duggars who save their first kiss for marriage. In actualit...

Smut lets your imagination run wild

Smut lets your imagination run wild

Gabby Felitto

December 11, 2019

Like many prepubescent awkward teens, I became interested in sex when I was younger. Through reading smut, I was able to explore what sex was. I’ve read smuts about TV shows like “Sherlock,” and bands like 5 Seconds of Summer. Today, as a 19-year-old, smut is still one of my favorite ways to dest...

How UVM’s values align with divestment

How UVM’s values align with divestment

Letter to the Editor

December 9, 2019

Letter to the Editor Sophia Smith '21 Chair, SGA Committee on the Environment Member, Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Council Undergraduate Representative, Budget and financing subcommittee of board of trustees The push for divestment from fossil fuels has been an ongoing struggle with...

Democratic state success doesn’t mean national wins

Democratic state success doesn’t mean national wins

Chris Harrell

December 5, 2019

Democrats scored key victories across the country in statewide elections earlier this month. They captured the governorships of Louisiana and Kentucky and flipped the Virginia Senate from red to blue, giving the Democrats control of every branch of government in the state for the first time in decades. ...

Understand bias behind “Perspectives”

Understand bias behind “Perspectives”

Letter to the Editor

December 5, 2019

Last summer, UVM student leaders were invited to attend Maccabee Task Force’s Perspectives Trip, a propaganda campaign designed to obscure the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine. Unfortunately, Hillel at UVM has decided to bring back the Perspectives Trip this year and is once again inviting UVM ...

BPD officers must strive for de-escalation

BPD officers must strive for de-escalation

Meg Trogolo

December 4, 2019

On Nov. 8, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan made an announcement that proved Vermont law enforcement cares more about loyalty to each other than keeping Vermonters safe. Donovan said in a press conference that he would not continue to investigate Burlington police officer Cory Campbell’s invol...

Activists should abide by truth

Activists should abide by truth

Staff Editorial

December 3, 2019

Over this past month, posters have been strewn on tables and tacked to bulletin boards across campus. “DON’T BE THEIR PUPPET,” they read, in white lettering. In the background of the poster, an ominous and dark illustration of a gray hand with red strings tied to each finger holds up a wooden p...

Students, speak up to hold expectations of professors

Students, speak up to hold expectations of professors

Izzy Abraham

November 22, 2019

As the semester progresses, students’ complaints with classes are no longer concealed. While students are often overwhelmed this time of year when they consider the expectations for each class, it is equally important to pay attention to the expectations that students hold of professors. Just as pr...

Girls know good music when they hear it

Girls know good music when they hear it

Sophie Oehler

November 22, 2019

I am a huge fan of the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer. I love them so much that if they all kicked me in the face, I’d say thank you. In 2015, when Rolling Stone magazine announced it was featuring the band in its cover article, I was thrilled. Well, I was until I actually read the piece. The...

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Domestic action has more value

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Domestic action has more value

Chris Harrell

November 21, 2019

I am a dedicated environmentalist. I donate my time and labor to environmental movements, groups and political candidates. But when President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, I did not care in the slightest. And when Trump officially started that...

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Agreement helps accountability

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Agreement helps accountability

Emily Johnston

November 21, 2019

The U.S. officially began its withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Nov. 4. The Paris climate agreement is a landmark accord signed in 2015 by 193 nations in the U.N. General Assembly, with its goal being to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. should stay in the agreement. The U.S.’s ...

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