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University officials fire back at protestors: “we don’t police language, we do policy”

University officials fire back at protestors: “we don’t police language, we do policy”

Sawyer Loftus, Contributor

March 27, 2019

University of Vermont administrators have fired back at accusations of free speech restrictions on campus. Recently, 33 faculty and staff members sent a letter to UVM administrators stating they were concerned student rights were being limited and that campus policies were being abused. Annie St...

No plan to resume fraternity activities during investigation

No plan to resume fraternity activities during investigation

Staff Report

February 7, 2019

It’s undetermined when the ban on fraternity activities will end while the investigation into a first-year’s death continues, according to Vice Provost Annie Stevens. The ban was enacted following the death of Connor Gage, a Wellness Environment student who died after attending two off-campus...

Junior engineering major dies from hiking accident

Junior engineering major dies from hiking accident

Staff Report

March 5, 2018

Junior Trent Ferguson died during a hiking accident March 2. Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs, announced Ferguson’s death in a campus-wide email March 4. Ferguson’s body was found by searchers March 3 near Bingham Falls in Stowe after he fell through the ice while hiking Friday after...

NoNames for Justice protest blocks off Main Street

NoNames for Justice protest blocks off Main Street

Joey Waldinger, Brandon Arcari

February 22, 2018

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...

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

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...

UVM junior dies at home over break

UVM junior dies at home over break

Staff Report

January 13, 2018

Junior Nathaniel Winschel died at his home in Pittsburgh, PA Jan. 6, according to a Jan. 9 email from Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs. Winschel was an anthropology student in the College of Arts and Sciences and was active in the UVM community. He worked as a part of the Davis Cent...

Friends remember UVM junior

Friends remember UVM junior

Joey Waldinger, Assistant News Editor

December 24, 2017

All day Charlie Mufson had been in the woods of Vermont, raising money for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Having forgotten his rain jacket, Mufson was drenched by the summer downpour. His field manager picked him up and as the car drove off he reached into his backpack and found his jack...

WE announces changes to code of conduct

WE announces changes to code of conduct

Alek Fleury, Staff Writer

December 7, 2017

The Wellness Environment announced Nov. 13 that it has made changes to the WE Code to better reflect its commitment to student safety. The WE Code is a set of guidelines that WE Students must follow to remain a part of the living community. First-year WE student DJ Snide is happy with WE...

No decision reached in student disorderly conduct case

No decision reached in student disorderly conduct case

Brandon Arcari, Assistant Breaking News Editor

November 1, 2017

Following charges of disorderly conduct, continuing education student Wesley Richter appeared in court Oct. 27 after allegations he made racial threats in B/H. Another student reported overhearing threatening language on Oct. 1, according to an email alert for students from UVM. The student, cit...

Student under investigation: Police called to Bailey/Howe library twice in two weeks

Student under investigation: Police called to Bailey/Howe library twice in two weeks

Lauren Schnepf, Assistant News Editor

October 19, 2017

The UVM police are investigating two separate incidents that occurred at Bailey/Howe Library in October. On Oct. 10, continuing education student Evan Friedman was placed under investigation following a trespass order, said Tim Bilodeau, deputy chief of UVM police services. On Oct. 1, continuing educati...

Student cited for racist threats on campus

Lauren Schnepf, Assistant News Editor

October 9, 2017

UVM police services has cited a continuing education student after reports of violent racial slurs on campus. Administrators sent a campus-wide email Oct. 2 stating that threatening and racist language had been directed toward “African American students and general diversity initiatives at UVM....

UVM does not reach programmed housing goal

UVM does not reach programmed housing goal

Ellyn LaPointe, Staff Writer

October 4, 2017

Last year, UVM set a goal to have 100 percent of incoming first-years enrolled in programmed housing. Reslife offers a number of programmed housing options, centered around a theme that seeks to create a community within the dorms, according to the UVM website. “Residence halls are more than simp...

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