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Student models show that solidarity is always in style

Model and UVM alumna Pam Winee stands with arms stretched wide during the BSU Fashion Show, Feb. 29. The show was hosted by entertainer Jayson Okanlawon.

Natalie Charron, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

Backstage, models got dressed in colorful outfits and prepared to walk the runway. As the music started to play, they walked out to a cheering crowd. The dimming of the house lights marked the beginning of the Black Student Union Fashion Show, titled “Black in Style.” The show took place at 7 p.m. F...

BSU Fashion Show breaks from tradition

Sophomore Christa Guzman and participant Pam Winee pose in matching purple outfits. Designers from brands including MYB Clothing, Mimidesignss, Ataria NYC and Diamond Ayodele presented their work on student models.

Keely Lyons, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

UVM’s Black Student Union held their annual fashion show Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Center’s Grand Maple Ballroom. This year’s theme was “Paint it Black,” and it defied tradition in many ways. Typically, clothing is the centerpiece of the show, but this year, the models were front a...

Troupe brings step dancing to campus

Kiera Harley of the traveling dance troupe Step Afrika performs a solo Feb. 6 in the Grand Maple Ballroom. To celebrate the beginning of Black History Month, the Black Student Union and the Department of Student Life hosted Step Afrika’s visit.

Cyrus Oswald, Staff Writer

February 16, 2019

At the kick-off to this year’s Black History Month celebration at UVM, dancers used their feet, hands and mouths to make music perfectly in time with their movements. Traveling dance troupe Step Afrika visited UVM Feb. 6. The step dancing performance was hosted by the University’s Black St...

BSU fashion show celebrates black culture

BSU fashion show celebrates black culture

Addie Beach and Lilly Young

February 27, 2018

Decked in sleek jackets and rainbows of silky prints, models twirled hips, did splits and circled each other to thudding beats. Behind them, an array of African flags is lit in soft pinks and purples. The hosts interject just long enough to engage the dancing audience in “Black Panther” ref...

UVM students organize racial justice forum

UVM students organize racial justice forum

Alex Verret, Cynic Correspondent

October 13, 2017

Following a march lead by student leaders accompanied by a list of demands and emails from the president’s office, UVM students held a racial injustice forum. A group of students who presented a list of demands to President Tom Sullivan Sept. 27 hosted the forum Sept. 30. The Student Forum ...

Middlebury hosts civil rights activist

Chloe Chaobal

November 9, 2016

Over a hundred people congregated in a chapel at Middlebury College to address recent racial tensions. UVM’s Black Student Union took 22 students to listen to Shaun King, nationally renowned civil rights activist and senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, speak Nov. 1. “I think it’...

Soul Food Social encourages unity

Soul Food Social encourages unity

September 29, 2016

On Sept. 24, Billings Library was filled with people awaiting performances and delicious food. On homecoming weekend each year, the Black Student Union brings students, parents and alumni together for one night of food, culture and community. The event draws its theme from the 1997 film “Soul ...

After the Kake Walk: A history of UVM’s racial climate from Lattie Coor’s presidency to the present

UVM student's protesting 1988

Bryan O'Keefe and Sarah Olsen

March 2, 2016

Student activism was common at UVM throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, resulting in the creation of some of the first African-American, Chicano/a and women’s studies departments in the U.S., English professor Nancy Welch said. “At UVM, these actions — and the establishment of courses in women’s...

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