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Thieves attempt bicycle robbery outside Central Campus

Thieves attempt bicycle robbery outside Central Campus

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor

July 11, 2019

  The UVM Police has obtained footage of two bike thieves after an attempted robbery at the Central Campus Bicycle Storage Hut.  Eric Breeyear, 36, and Tylor Sears, 28, were identified through a combination of video footage, photos and eyewitness reports, according to a July 9 UVM Po...

Man’s public records dispute lives to see another day in court

Man’s public records dispute lives to see another day in court

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

June 28, 2019

The Vermont Supreme court has ruled a man may be able to sidestep UVM after the university refused to give up a police record. The court ruled June 27, 2019, that Jacob Oblak's petition he made to the criminal court for the arrest affidavit of Wesley Richter should have been considered by a lower...

Sullivan apologizes for eugenics survey in open letter

Sullivan apologizes for eugenics survey in open letter

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor

June 27, 2019

Tom Sullivan, outgoing University president, has apologized for the "stereotyping, persecution and in some cases state sponsored sterilization" of the Vermont Eugenics Survey that took place at UVM from 1925 to 1935, according to an open letter to the UVM community.  The letter was sent in an em...

UVM ranked LGBTQ-friendly by national nonprofit

UVM ranked LGBTQ-friendly by national nonprofit

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor

June 26, 2019

UVM has been ranked among the Northeast’s “Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students” according to a new ranking from Campus Pride, which also ranked UVM as the top LGBTQ-friendly school in the state of Vermont.  Together with BestColleges.com, Campus Pride ranks schools based on their LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices, according to their website.  UVM’s overall ranking was four and a half stars out of five.  In most categories, the University scored four and a half or five stars. UVM’s weakest areas included LGBTQ policy inclusion and LGBTQ recruitment and retention, receiving four stars and three and a half stars, respectively.  Prism Center Director Kate Jerman said she was excited by UVM’s ranking.  “Rankings li...

The past is present: UVM’s buildings have their own stories to tell

The past is present: UVM’s buildings have their own stories to tell

Julianne Lesch and Zoe Stern

June 2, 2019

When walking around UVM’s campus, students experience a clash between new and old architecture. University Place is a street lined with red brick historic buildings that are decorated with gargoyles. Right behind it lies a modern, brand new STEM complex.     The architecture on campus provides ...

Board of trustees recap: final approval given on multi-million dollar center, tuition increased

Board of trustees recap: final approval given on multi-million dollar center, tuition increased

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 22, 2019

Construction on the multi-million dollar Multipurpose Center project could start as soon as this week following final approval from the UVM board of trustees. The board of trustees meets three times per academic year. This year they met May 17 and May 18 at the University to close out the 2018-201...

Vermont Supreme Court hears arguments in UVM public records dispute

Vermont Supreme Court hears arguments in UVM public records dispute

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 18, 2019

The Vermont Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, May 15, in a case that could push UVM to release a document pertaining to a student’s arrest.   Jacob Oblak, a recent graduate from Vermont Law school, sued UVM last year after filing a public records request for a UVM police services affidavit, a document stating the reasons for arrest. Oblak requested a document from ...

Man takes UVM to VT Supreme Court over public records

Man takes UVM to VT Supreme Court over public records

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 1, 2019

A man is suing UVM in the Vermont Supreme Court to push the University to be more transparent over a student’s arrest. Jacob Oblak, a law student at Vermont Law School, is appealing his public records case against UVM to the Vermont Supreme Court after a lower court threw out his case. His...

UPB and SGA agree to new SpringFest funding plan

UPB and SGA agree to new SpringFest funding plan

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

April 29, 2019

The University of Vermont’s annual spring concert has gotten its funding back just one year after it was revoked over concerns of cash stockpiling. The Student Government Association voted in favor of again funding SpringFest 2020 after revoking its funds in 2018. SGA was concerned with the ...

4/20: The past and present of UVM’s spring tradition

4/20: The past and present of UVM’s spring tradition

Emma Pinezich and Lee Hughes

April 23, 2019

Cannabis celebration still riding high UVM’s annual 4/20 celebration entered a new era as cannabis possession was legalized in Vermont four decades after the event began. Even though possession of cannabis is legal in Vermont, UVM’s policy about it has not changed, said Annie Stevens, vice provos...

Meet the band: Juicebox

Meet the band: Juicebox

Keely Lyons, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

In a dimly lit living room on Hyde Street, the seven student musicians that make up Juicebox crowded around a coffee table. Some sat on couches, some sat on the floor. Juicebox, the SpringFest opener, was about to start rehearsal on a snowy April 9 night. Skis were packed into a back corn...

Shooting off campus sends two to the hospital

Shooting off campus sends two to the hospital

Staff Report

April 16, 2019

Two people have been shot during what police call a "shootout" on North Willard Street. The University sent out CatAlerts around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon stating Burlington Police was investigating an "ongoing incident" close to University Place and Colchester Avenue. Burlington Police responded...

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