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Burlington’s undocumented deserve the right to vote

Burlington’s undocumented deserve the right to vote

Chris Harrell

April 17, 2019

It’s a wonder why Burlington is not the first in the state to pass a non-citizen voting measure and why we aren’t actively pushing for it right now. Our city comes in first place in many different measures across the state of Vermont. It’s the largest city in terms of both population and econ...

Don’t be passive, act to make changes

Don’t be passive, act to make changes

Ari Kotler

April 17, 2019

When I decided to attend UVM, I was aware of its status as one of the most “liberal” colleges in the U.S. A friend of mine once characterized it as “a melting pot of crunchy mountain people, Brooklyn, New York, hipsters and ‘socially liberal’ Connecticut rich kids.” Vermont received anot...

Extending dining hall hours is harmful to employees

Extending dining hall hours is harmful to employees

Chris Harrell

April 13, 2019

We’ve all been there: hungry and tired, facing a closed dining hall. It’s easy to say that the dining halls should close later. But there’s more to the picture than simply keeping the lights on for an extra hour. Every extra minute that we keep the dining halls open is an extra minute’s lab...

Extra swipes won’t fix food insecurity

Extra swipes won’t fix food insecurity

Kim Henry

April 12, 2019

When my friend told me about the University’s Swipe Out Hunger program, I thought UVM had finally solved my biggest grievance: eating on campus. I live off campus, so it’s hard to prep enough food to get through long days. I wouldn’t identify as “food insecure,” but I definitely can’t afford...

Why Trinity campus is perfect for first-year students

Why Trinity campus is perfect for first-year students

Emily Johnston

April 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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