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Don’t give hateful speech attention it doesn’t deserve

Don’t give hateful speech attention it doesn’t deserve

Meg Trogolo

October 10, 2019

An evangelical preacher stands in a high-traffic area of campus, spewing homophobic language and surrounded by angry students. Sadly, this is not an unexpected sight at UVM. Evangelicals have set up shop on UVM campus at least four times in the past four years, according to Cynic articles from Octo...

Stand against hate on campus

Stand against hate on campus

Staff Editorial

September 5, 2019

The fight against hate speech on our campus is never over. Last week Patriot Front, a white supremacist group, stuck multiple stickers reading “Keep America American” around campus. Last year in February, a rumor was spread about a Patriot Front protest taking place at the Staples Plaza. In rea...

Human error: bots won’t rid Tumblr of explicit content

Human error: bots won’t rid Tumblr of explicit content

Emily Johnston

December 17, 2018

Tumblr announced a decision to ban adult content on their website Dec. 17 after a plague of child porn and other illegal content flooded the website. The reasoning behind this ban is that Tumblr went off the App Store, and in order to go back on they have to fix this issue. Instead of hiring moder...

Court case against UVM student dismissed

Court case against UVM student dismissed

Brandon Arcari, Assistant Breaking News Editor

January 3, 2018

A hate speech case against a UVM continuing education student has been dismissed by the Vermont Superior Court. Judge David Fenster threw out the case against Wesley Richter, citing lack of probable cause, according to a Jan. 2  email sent to students from University communications. Richter ...

FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

James Simpson and Henry Mitchell

November 17, 2017

James After a continuing education student, Wesley Richter, was charged with disorderly conduct after being accused of using racist and threatening language, the debate of free speech versus hate speech is in the spotlight. It is undeniable that the First Amendment protects even the most hateful stateme...

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