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Three study tips by way of Capitol Hill

Three study tips by way of Capitol Hill

Abby Robins

August 30, 2019

As summer ends, I have been reflecting on my experience working as a legislative intern in Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office on Capitol Hill. I had opportunities to attend briefings, write memoranda for senior staff, answer constituent calls and watch politics in action. Throughout this experience, I identifi...

Activist group challenges administration

Seth Wade, a member of the Coalition for Student and Faculty Rights, speaks at the Feb. 26 NoNames For Justice rally in Waterman. The Coalition has voiced support for humanities departments after cuts to faculty.

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019

A student activist group has released its list of demands aimed at the University administration. The Coalition for Student and Faculty Rights was created by students in support of United Academics, the faculty union, sophomore Cobalt Tolbert said. The organization is student-run and was created to ch...

We have to act if we want to protect quality teaching

We have to act if we want to protect quality teaching

Seth Wade

February 21, 2019

Last week, I distributed memes across campus, critiquing Provost David Rosowsky and the rollout of major cuts to the College of Arts and Sciences. Though merely memes, they used facts from UVM’s 2017 Annual Finance Report and American Association of University Professors Financial Analysis to raise a s...

CAS needs to be funded differently

CAS needs to be funded differently

Staff Editorial

February 20, 2019

Incentive-based budgeting, or IBB, poses a threat to humanities and other programs and drives infighting instead of looking for other spending choices. IBB, as used by UVM, is similar to running a business. It prioritizes funding to the most popular programs, encouraging competition between programs. ...

The Changing Face of UVM: Students and faculty take a stand against budget cuts

A portrait of UVM graduate John Dewey, a philosopher and proponent of an education as a means of social reform, overlooks the John Dewey Lounge as sophomore Charlotte Looby delivers an impassioned speech Feb. 5 at a United Academics meeting.

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

February 19, 2019

Faculty and student outcry has followed cuts in certain College of Arts and Sciences’ programs due to declining enrollment. The faculty union, United Academics, held a teach-in Feb. 14 in front of Howe Library, while students participated with UA in letter-writing campaigns and distribution of posters cri...

Students, stand up with United Academics

Students, stand up with United Academics

Letter to the Editor

February 14, 2019

The John Dewey Lounge was packed Feb. 4 as UVM’s faculty union, United Academics, addressed the crowd of students, teachers and other community members. Two senior lecturers from the College of Arts and Sciences are not being renewed, with 10 more receiving drastically reduced hours. Additionally, m...

Variation is value is CAS

Variation is value is CAS

Staff Editorial

January 30, 2019

Not all degrees are created equal. In October 2018, CAS changed degree requirements for all majors, dropping required credit hours to 30 while increasing the maximum amount of credits students can take from 18 to 19. According to English Department Chair Dan Fogel this change lets students take el...

Campaign calls for Arabic class offerings

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Julianne Lesch, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019

A UVM student is fighting to bring Arabic back to campus since no formal classes have been taught since 2017. Khalid AlMubarak, a continuing education student and native Arabic speaker, is now offering tutoring opportunities on campus for students to learn Arabic. UVM lost its only Arabic professor in ...

Anonymous letter calls for more humanities funding

President Tom Sullivan and trustees convene at the board of trustees fall meeting Oct. 27. An anonymous email sent to UVM promises rallies and riots over the university's lack of funding for arts and humanities.

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

December 7, 2018

An anonymous email has been sent to UVM promising rallies and riots over funding for arts and humanities. Several pictures of an email were posted Nov. 29 on a popular UVM parents Facebook page. The message has been reportedly sent by a student on behalf of other students from the humanities, arts and l...

New advisory council announced

New advisory council announced

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

October 22, 2018

The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking applicants for a new advisory in partnership with the Student Government Association. CAS is seeking 12 undergraduate students to join the newly appointed “Dean’s advisory council,” according to an Oct. 22 email to the UVM community. The council will a...

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

No Names for Justice protesters walk into the executive offices in the Waterman building to meet with University President Tom Sullivan Feb. 26.

February 26, 2018

  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...

Board of trustees third tri-annual meeting

Lindsay Freed, Staff Writer

May 25, 2017

New Minors and Certificates Presented to the Board The Faculty Senate approved two new minors and two new undergraduate certificates. The new public policy analysis minor will be in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the minor in education for cultural and linguistic diversity will be in the Co...

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