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Why Trinity campus is perfect for first-year students

Why Trinity campus is perfect for first-year students

Emily Johnston

April 11, 2019


Filed under Opinion

During the room selection process for rising sophomores, it became clear that most students didn’t want to live on Trinity campus. Yet, Trinity campus allows first-years to succeed. The Residential Life website’s Returner Room Selection page used to say students living in traditional housing could ch...

We need higher standards in 2020

We need higher standards in 2020

Staff Editorial

April 10, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Although we’re still on year three of President Donald Trump’s term, everyone seems to be looking at the Democratic Party for what their next step is in the 2020 race. And until very recently, former Vice President Joe Biden was a likely front-runner, although he has yet to announce his bid for...

The “other” admissions scandal at public universities

The “other” admissions scandal at public universities

Tori Scala

April 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The college admissions scandal that surfaced in early March has made me reflect on the biased way in which colleges accept incoming first-years. Based on my personal experience as a current college student and someone who went through the college admissions process, the news of this college admissions...

Why college is a time for self-reliance

Why college is a time for self-reliance

Izzy Abraham

April 5, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Over the past several months, one thing has re-sparked my interest in Facebook. It’s not a group posting pictures of lacy prom dresses, it’s not an environmental activism page — it’s the closed Parents and Family of UVM Students group. I’ve heard some leaks from this page regarding what pa...

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Letter to the Editor

April 4, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Trapper, hunter and angler interests have long driven wildlife management decision-making through their influence on the Department of Fish and Wildlife. But after years of trying to convince the Department to allow the public to participate, Vermont Wildlife Coalition and key sponsors have crafted H...

When action plans are not enough

When action plans are not enough

Staff Editorial

April 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The University announced March 29 the end to  an investigation into fraternity involvement in the death of first-year Connor Gage. Gage died in the early morning Feb. 2 from freezing temperatures and alcohol consumption, according to autopsy results. The action the University is taking based on the resu...

Administration restricts free speech by punishing student activists

Administration restricts free speech by punishing student activists

Letter to the Editor

March 30, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Administrators seek to discipline me and eight other students for speaking during a protest at Waterman. Their actions are baseless, hypocritical and an assault to freedom of speech. Administrators claim our protest harmed the community, citing the definition of “disruption” under UVM’s poli...

For lasting administrative changes, we must act now

For lasting administrative changes, we must act now

Chris Harrell

March 29, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Almost every week I hear a new story about the UVM administration doing something that harms the spirit of our community. The time to address the roots of these problems is now, and if we don’t act, correcting them will only get harder. Over the past two years we’ve seen campus protests result in ...

Charisma isn’t a presidential qualifier, Beto

Charisma isn’t a presidential qualifier, Beto

Ari Kotler

March 28, 2019


Filed under Opinion

It’s 2019: climate change, poverty and white nationalists are coming to kill us. Time is running out. Who will save us? For some, it’s Beto O’Rourke. If you’ve never heard of him, here’s the rundown: he’s a Democrat who, until recently, represented El Paso, Texas, in the U.S. Congress. No...

Make change: vote in SGA elections

Make change: vote in SGA elections

Staff Editorial

March 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

No matter who you’re voting for, we should all vote in SGA elections. In recent weeks, there have been parallel student movements: a wave of protests and the arrival of SGA presidential campaigns. We must recognize that these movements are two sides of the same coin — accurate representation for...

Eco-Rep trash tips: compost, recycle, decontaminate

Eco-Rep trash tips: compost, recycle, decontaminate

Makayla Salas

March 10, 2019


Filed under Guest Commentary, Opinion

Let’s talk trash, baby. What goes in it? What should go in it? Not all of us are Rubenstein students, and sometimes it’s easier to just throw things in the landfill. That’s a good place to start: When In Doubt, Throw It Out. The UVM Eco-Reps are a group of student leaders committed to providing...

Prioritize safety, not just punishment

Prioritize safety, not just punishment

Letter to the Editor

March 9, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

For weeks now, the University has upheld a ban on all fraternity activity, including philanthropy and leadership development. This was enacted in response to the death of first-year Connor Gage. The administration declared the ban after the Burlington Police Department found that Gage was likely pres...

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