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Prepare for off-campus living

Prepare for off-campus living

Staff Editorial

18 hours ago


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

After spending their first two years as an undergraduate in a residence hall enjoying the comforts of accessible laundry, nearby food and no utility bills to worry about paying, most students begin their off-campus housing experience. And in the midst of all the excitement — which place to choose, how ...

Zen and the art of ignoring the irrelevant

Zen and the art of ignoring the irrelevant

Henry Mitchell

6 days ago


Filed under Opinion

On the last day of August, I was walking back from class, making pleasant conversation with a friend, when I heard him gasp. “Oh no,” he said. “What?” I asked. “Preacher,” was his only answer. Sure enough, I looked to my left and saw a man surrounded by a dozen-or-so students. We both sigh...

Fraternity life & rape culture

Fraternity life & rape culture

Staff Editorial

September 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This story updated at 12:24 September 17 to reflect the correct question on the survey and to include who added it. The fraternity was found not guilty by a University investigation.  A UVM fraternity passed around a survey in 2011 where the question  “if you could rape someone, who would it be...

Small campaigns means more opportunity

Small campaigns means more opportunity

Mills Sparkman

September 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This summer, I went through a ritual that most poli-sci majors take part in: I worked on my first campaign. It wasn’t a well-oiled incumbent machine headed for Congress or the Governor’s office. This campaign was for the Rhode Island District 4 state representative seat (not to be confused with a...

President fuels media distrust

President fuels media distrust

Staff Editorial

September 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Employees of the Boston Globe had police stationed outside of their newsroom Aug. 30 after receiving threats to their lives. Robert Chain, a 68-year-old California man, was arrested Aug. 30 by the FBI for a series of violent comments to the paper after the Globe published an editorial Aug. 15. The edito...

Try VT’s new locally grown fusion politics

Try VT’s new locally grown fusion politics

Henry Mitchell

August 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Let me introduce our brand-new invention: Progressivism Lite! Progressivism Lite is compatible with any Democratic candidate and requires minimal setup. Call out Trump, choose between being pro-LGBT or standing up for people of color and you’re good to go. Everyone will...

UVM nurses ought to be heard

UVM nurses ought to be heard

Staff Editorial

August 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This summer, nurses from the UVM Medical Center went on strike to protest unfair wages and insufficient staffing. The issue may feel localized — there are red “patients before profits” posters dotting the neighborhoods and the nurses picketed on Colchester avenue right by campus ...

Response to “Mandated Reporting Issue”

Letter to the Editor

May 11, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

As the Intake and Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (which addresses incidents of discrimination and harassment on campus, including sexual misconduct and assault), I am writing in response to the “Mandated Reporting Issue” staff editorial in the April...

Tips for coping with finals week

Tips for coping with finals week

Henry Mitchell

May 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Whether this is your first semester at UVM or you are a seasoned veteran, one thing is certain during this finals season: You’re screwed. Since you’re probably procrastinating like the irresponsible student you are, I’ll help you out with these tips: 1: Free your mind. Creativity is your body’s way ...

Be reliable to combat the culture of unaccountability

Be reliable to combat the culture of unaccountability

Mills Sparkman

May 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We’ve all been there; we’ve made plans to get lunch with someone, go out, or just do homework together, only to have them cancel before the plans even happen. College is busy. Heavy course loads and limited hours in the day force college students to balance their time with socializing falling t...

Engaging students in SGA issues

May 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It takes knowing SGA to participate in SGA. But it is a challenging task to try to learn all there is to know about SGA. It’s hard to engage with it while while balancing a very busy life and study schedule. If students knew the issues at hand that SGA were trying to fight for, they would be more ...

Complaints from a graduating senior

Complaints from a graduating senior

Cole Wangsness

May 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As I finish out my super-senior year, I’d like to take a minute to look back at some of my general gripes and grievances about UVM. It’s backed up by haphazardly constructed strawpolls with leading questions that support my agenda, so you can’t dispute that I’m right. Tour groups; they clog ...

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