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Food pantry doesn’t solve bigger problem

Food pantry doesn’t solve bigger problem

Letter to the Editor

March 6, 2020

Last week, UVM saw an unprecedented event: the opening of an on-campus food pantry for students and UVM community members. It was heralded by SGA President Jillian Scannell, a senior, several food activism clubs on campus and the UVM administration as a landmark movement to fight “food insecurity” ...

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Opinion

March 5, 2020

Noah Centineo isn't as cute as you think: In a world where twenty-something male celebrities with a pretty face and curly hair are king, Netflix’s rom-com sweetheart Noah Centineo should be top of the royal court, right? Wrong. Unless you like fake-deep, pretentious hipsters with a surprising b...

We need shorter political campaign periods

We need shorter political campaign periods

Sophie Oehler

March 5, 2020

It’s the 59th Quadrennial Presidential Marathon, and we’re approaching the mile 20 water station. Bernie is handing out Gatorade, Warren is chasing you with her cowbell and Trump is blasting “Eye of the Tiger.” This campaign cycle will be the longest recorded in both U.S. and world history,...

Despite faults in election system, go vote

Despite faults in election system, go vote

Henry Mitchell

March 4, 2020

Today, March 3, is “Super Tuesday” when 14 states will hold their primary elections. Many people are rightfully worried about their preferred candidate not getting nominated as the official Democratic Party nominee. We need to keep fighting and remember our votes do matter. Despite the flaws i...

Climate anxiety goes unspoken

Climate anxiety goes unspoken

Jordan Spindel

March 4, 2020

One of the biggest global issues of our time is climate change. We are just starting to see its effects: droughts, floods and fires. These effects will only get more severe in the future, according to a November 2018 United Nations report. But there is one effect that goes underreported: anxiety an...

Don’t count out Bernie Sanders just yet

Don’t count out Bernie Sanders just yet

Matt Heineman

February 28, 2020

Political experts on the left sometimes argue that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters could present a problem for the Democratic Party’s effort to defeat President Donald Trump in the presidential election. They are wrong. Some notable criticisms have come from figures such as New York Times opinion ...

Burlington City Council ward debate: UVM’s role in BTV housing

Burlington City Council ward debate: UVM’s role in BTV housing

Emily Johnston

February 27, 2020

My main takeaway from the Feb. 21 Burlington Tenants Union City Council debate was that all candidates at the debate agree there is a housing crisis and they all agree UVM plays a role in this crisis. I think UVM students and the campus itself play a large role in the politics of Burlington. I ofte...

Burlington City Council ward debate: We need clear information

Burlington City Council ward debate: We need clear information

Henry Mitchell

February 27, 2020

On Feb. 21, I went to the City Council candidate debate hosted by the Burlington Tenants Union to get a better sense of what to expect from those running. What I found out instead was that Burlington is apparently a very progressive, but not very organized city. In order to get the best perspective o...

Why we should all be reading more news

Why we should all be reading more news

Sophie Oehler

February 26, 2020

When I was younger, my favorite thing to listen to on the radio was “Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR, and my favorite TV show was Rick Steves’ Europe travel review on PBS. I know I must sound like the lamest 7-year-old ever, but my love for NPR and PBS has now helped me appreciate the im...

Students, use your vote wisely

Students, use your vote wisely

Staff Editorial

February 26, 2020

Voting is one of the most direct ways to participate in democracy. This election season, make sure your vote is an educated one. UVM is a politically engaged campus. Democrats, Republicans and Progressives are all represented here through student groups, and it’s not unusual to see a presidential c...

Guest Commentary: When do we succeed at UVM? When our students do.

President Suresh Garimella sits during the board of trustees meeting, Oct. 25, 2019.

Guest Commentary

February 24, 2020

Editor’s Note: This commentary is by Suresh V. Garimella, President, University of Vermont A three-time Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter. The first African American to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Two Nobel Peace Prize winners.  One of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful...

“Impossible Burgers” were made only for meat eaters

“Impossible Burgers” were made only for meat eaters

Erin Powell

February 20, 2020

Recently, plant-based meat substitutes that mimic the taste and texture of meat have popped up in grocery stores, nice restaurants and fast food chains. As a vegetarian, I am thrilled that plant-based foods are becoming more accessible. But I wish the veggie options didn’t taste like real meat. Plant-ba...

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