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Ambassadors advise smokers

Ambassadors advise smokers

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Smokers on campus can now expect to interact with the new cigarette ambassador program while taking a drag. The Center for Health and Wellbeing is attempting to limit student cigarette use by engaging with smokers on campus and posting informational signs, said Parker Holloway, program coordinator f...

Students talk meditation on campus

Students talk meditation on campus

Marjorie McWilliams, Staff Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Culture, Life

The walls of most dorms are covered with posters, candles are at risk of confiscation and the shouts of the next door neighbors playing Super Smash Bros make meditation seem like an impossible routine to develop in the college years. Despite this, students and faculty at UVM find ways to reap the ...

Students seek mental health help in winter months

Students seek mental health help in winter months

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Culture, Life

Vermont’s dark winters, with their bluster and shadow, leave many studetns struggling with their mental health. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs in nine percent of New England’s population, according to a 2015 study by the National Institute of Health. D...

UVM community talks about consent

UVM community talks about consent

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

December 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Every day, students on college campuses are having discussions about consent and its role in their lives. Coming from different backgrounds, many students have varying opinions on education about consent. UVM defines consent, as a person’s willingness to engage in a specific sexual act or form of sexual conduct. When talking with students, Sarah ...

Not as stressful as ‘the talk:’ Living Well office hours

Not as stressful as ‘the talk:’ Living Well office hours

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

December 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

At sex education office hours, students line up to discuss pleasure, pain and emotional intimacy. On Thursday afternoons in the Living Well office, sexuality expert Jenna Emerson holds personalized walk-in sex-ed lessons. The idea to hold office hours came to her last spring when she noticed a high d...

Peer discussions promote positive sex

Peer discussions promote positive sex

Anna Kolosky, Staff Writer

December 12, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, Culture, Life

Disco music played over speakers as colorful lights spun around the room, an appropriate setting for a party rather than a sex ed group.  Stephan Toljan The Good Stuff is a peer-led group focused on educating students about sex through conversation and discussion. The group was started when senior Ja...

Best of UVM

Best of UVM

Culture Staff

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular, Campus Life, Culture, Life

The Culture staff curated a list of places we wish we knew about during our first few weeks at UVM. Once you’re unpacked and settled in, take time to wander campus and check them all out.   Best Dining Hall: Redstone - Located in Simpson Hall, Redstone Unlimited Dining offers several differ...

Van decorated to combat addiction stigma

Greta Brown, Staff Writer

May 2, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

While some were getting high with friends April 20, others celebrated by decorating an old van with positive images to support recovering addicts.   Junior Rory Butler lost a friend to a heroin overdose in January and decided to bring attention to the issue with his “UVM Recovery Van...

Mental help spikes

Mental help spikes

Erika B. Lewy

December 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

The increase in students requesting mental health services at UVM — particularly during finals —may actually be a very good sign, several university officials said. As the stigma around getting support for mental health issues dissipates, students are more likely to seek help, said Jon Port...

Campus services support students after election

Campus services support students after election

Kassondra Little

November 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

From the Waterman building to the Living/Learning Center, students found support following the results of the presidential election. Campus minister John Meinen expressed a desire to create a space where both problems and solutions could be shared. “Loneliness is overwhelming,” he said. “Sitt...

Mental illness: a silent struggle for students

Mental illness: a silent struggle for students

Renee Willard

October 19, 2016


Filed under Life, Life Regular

The National Alliance for Mental Illness has declared the first week of October “Mental Health Awareness Week.” The week is dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and it’s especially important for the one out of four college students who will be diagnosed with a mental i...

LivingWell helps to celebrate recovery month

Anna Power

October 6, 2016


Filed under Life

This September, UVM celebrated Recovery Month through Living Well’s Catamount Recovery Program, a programmed housing option for students recovering from addiction. “The Catamount Recovery Program was developed to create a community and a home for students that are in recovery,” Amy Boyd Austin, coor...

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