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Activist group challenges administration

Activist group challenges administration

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

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

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

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

February 19, 2019


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

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


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

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

Campaign calls for Arabic class offerings

Julianne Lesch, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

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

Anonymous letter calls for more humanities funding

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

December 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under Campus, News

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

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

February 26, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News

  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


Filed under News

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...

Superfluous requirements

April 13, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Currently, students in the College of Arts and Sci- ences are required to takea wide variety of classes.Although there are plenty of options, students must take classes within seven different categories. Understandably, UVM wants students to be well-rounded and educated beyond students’ majors.However, ...

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