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Waterman takeover ends, protesters return home

Waterman takeover ends, protesters return home

Joey Waldinger, Ben Elfland, Lee Hughes, Oliver Pomazi, Alek Fleury, Kyra Chevalier, Brandon Arcari, and Meg Trogolo

February 26, 2018


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Just after 9:30 p.m., protesters rolled up sleeping bags, cleaned up litter in the halls and gathered food they’d brought in preparation of a night on the floors of classrooms and hallways in the Waterman building. The leadership instructed protesters to clean up and leave Waterman building, rather ...

Protesters demand deans sign list of demands

Protesters demand deans sign list of demands

Staff Report

February 26, 2018


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A class walkout occurred at 11 a.m. today led by student group NoNames for Justice. Some students gathered inside and in front of Waterman following the walkout. Others formed groups and met with the deans of their individual colleges insisting they sign a list of demands created by NoNames. ...

Student activists take over Waterman building, intend to stay for days

Student activists take over Waterman building, intend to stay for days

Cynic Staff Report

February 26, 2018


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Update 3:21 p.m. NoNames for Justice requested sleeping bags on Facebook, saying "we're staying at Waterman," and telling people to stay if they are in the building. The third-ever Waterman takeover began at the University of Vermont at 1 p.m. Feb. 26. More than 250 protesters from student raci...

Top administrators meet with NoNames for Justice activist leaders in closed session

Top administrators meet with NoNames for Justice activist leaders in closed session

February 26, 2018


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  Leaders of student activist group NoNames for Justice are now in closed talks with administration in the executive offices in Waterman building. The two parties entered talks after Arts and Sciences Dean Bill Falls signed NoNames' letter to deans outlining the group's requests, which...

Students call for resignations

Students call for resignations

Brandon Arcari, Caroline Derksen, Ben Elfland, Lindsay Freed, Lee Hughes, Oliver Pomazi, Meg Trogolo, and Joey Waldinger

February 26, 2018


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After three demonstrations last week, student protesters planned a class walkout and takeover of the Waterman building Monday, Feb. 25. Social justice advocacy organization NoNames for Justice held demonstrations Feb. 20, 22 and 23 protesting the administration’s response to white supremacy on campus. ...

Day 2: Student racial justice protesters take over Admitted Students Day

Day 2: Student racial justice protesters take over Admitted Students Day

Brandon Arcari, Joey Waldinger, Ben Elfland, Lee Hughes, and Meg Trogolo

February 23, 2018


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NoNames for Justice disrupted Admitted Students Day at UVM by staging a racial justice protest in the Davis Center. A group of more than 200 protesters gathered for a second day of anti-administration protests on the fourth floor of the Davis Center. The protest, originally focused on informi...

John Mejia announces end of hunger strike

John Mejia announces end of hunger strike

Brandon Arcari, Assistant Breaking News Editor

February 23, 2018


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John Mejia ended their hunger strike after seven days. Mejia made the announcement at a rally by NoNames for Justice on the fourth floor of the Davis Center Feb. 23. Mejia, who has been striking since Feb. 16, said they were stopping because their slow death from starvation was affecting the people...

Students protest University president

Students protest University president

Joey Waldinger, Oliver Pomazi, Brandon Arcari, Meg Trogolo, Caroline Derksen, and Ben Elfland

February 23, 2018


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President Tom Sullivan did not meet with student racial justice protesters who blocked traffic for three hours. The group, who said it wanted to “me et on common ground,” began protesting on South Prospect Street and Main Street at 4:30 p.m. After three hours, they marched to occupy Waterma...

NoNames for Justice protest blocks off Main Street

NoNames for Justice protest blocks off Main Street

Joey Waldinger, Brandon Arcari

February 22, 2018


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Members of NoNames for Justice, a student activist group, said they were willing to be arrested during their protest on South Prospect and Main Street.   At 7:45 p.m., protesters moved into the Waterman building. The protest began at 4:30 p.m. when a group of graduate students walked out of a fina...

Employee on racial justice hunger strike says too sick for interview

Employee on racial justice hunger strike says too sick for interview

Joey Waldinger, Assistant News Editor

February 22, 2018


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UVM employee John Mejia was not well enough to complete a public interview after having been on hunger strike since Friday, Feb. 16, said Emily Howe, who works in the Office of Student and Community Relations. Mejia, who works in the Office of Student and Community Relations, began the strike in ...

Students call for administrators to resign over handling of bias incidents

Students call for administrators to resign over handling of bias incidents

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

February 20, 2018


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This article updated at 4:10 p.m. Feb. 21.  Students and community members occupied the Waterman Feb. 20, calling for administrators to resign over the University’s handling of racial bias incidents. The rally, referred to as the “Done with the Bullsh*t Rally,” protested the University...

WE Investigation: Part 3

WE Investigation: Part 3

Brandon Arcari, Ben Elfland, and Lee Hughes

February 19, 2018


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Since it began, the Wellness Environment has lost what initially attracted many students: an inclusive, holistic approach to wellbeing, several UVM community members have said. Though some are satisfied with what WE offers, others said that instead of focusing on the wellbeing of its students, the ...

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