The Vermont Cynic

The Waterman Takeover: A tradition of protest at UVM

Posters wrap the marble columns of the Waterman building the student activist group NoNames For Justice take-over of the building Feb. 26, 2018.

Meg Trogolo, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019

One year ago, student activist group NoNames for Justice staged a takeover of the Waterman building Feb. 26 in order to protest racial injustice in the University’s administration. The takeover, in which over 250 students spent the day hanging banners, soliciting signatures from administrators on a list o...

Proposal to remove Guy Bailey’s name from library open to public comment

Proposal to remove Guy Bailey's name from library open to public comment

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018

The UVM board of trustees is looking for community comment on the proposed removal of former UVM president Guy Bailey’s name from the Bailey/Howe Library. Demands for a name change stem from a March 22 statement from student group NoNames for Justice, who felt the name was inappropriate given B...

Prime Time Cats – Yah don’t need names to serve JUSTICE!!!

Prime Time Cats - Yah don't need names to serve JUSTICE!!!

Corey Dew, Multimedia Reporter

May 20, 2018

Martin Luther king Jr once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I think it’s safe to say NONAMESFORJUSTICE backs this up. Tune into this week’s Prime Time Cats episode featuring NONAMESFORJUSTICE to learn about the group, activism, the list of demands and much more....

NoNames closes out semester and reflects

NoNames for Justice form form a line blocking Main Street Feb. 22. They chant “Students of color deserve respect; we’re sick of the school’s neglect.”

Brandon Arcari, Assistant Breaking News Editor

May 1, 2018

NoNames for Justice is planning a sit-in at the board of trustees meeting May 18. The student-activist group held a teach-in April 22 to update students on the progress of their social justice demands. Following the Main Street blockade Feb. 22 and the Waterman takeover by students Feb. 26, adminis...

Dean of CEMS steps down after five years

Dean of CEMS steps down after five years

Emma Jarnagin, Staff Writer

March 28, 2018

This version updated from a previous version at 3:15 p.m. March 29. The dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences calls the timing of an email to students announcing he is stepping down “unfortunate” amid racial tensions at the University. Luis Garcia will step down in June followin...

NoNames demands new names

NoNames demands new names

Joey Waldinger and Brandon Arcari

March 26, 2018

This article updated from a previous version at 7:18 p.m. Following protests, a board-of-trustees-appointed committee is considering renaming campus buildings, but student activists are frustrated after being left out of the decision-making process. The Building Renaming Advisory Committee, which will ...

Waterman takeover ends, protesters return home

Waterman takeover ends, protesters return home

Joey Waldinger, Ben Elfland, Lee Hughes, Oliver Pomazi, Alek Fleury, Kyra Chevalier, Brandon Arcari, and Meg Trogolo

February 26, 2018

Just after 9:30 p.m., protesters rolled up sleeping bags, cleaned up litter in the halls and gathered food they’d brought in preparation of a night on the floors of classrooms and hallways in the Waterman building. The leadership instructed protesters to clean up and leave Waterman building, rather ...

Student activists take over Waterman building, intend to stay for days

Student activists take over Waterman building, intend to stay for days

Cynic Staff Report

February 26, 2018

Update 3:21 p.m. NoNames for Justice requested sleeping bags on Facebook, saying "we're staying at Waterman," and telling people to stay if they are in the building. The third-ever Waterman takeover began at the University of Vermont at 1 p.m. Feb. 26. More than 250 protesters from student raci...

Press Release: Burlington Police Chief on Student Racial Justice Protests

Brandon Del Pozo, Burlington Police Chief

February 23, 2018

RECENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN BURLINGTON Last night, a group of approximately one hundred UVM students blocked traffic on Main Street during rush hour. The Burlington Police Department made the decision to allow the protests to continue. Protesters were otherwise highly cooperative and respectful. The pr...

NoNames for Justice protest blocks off Main Street

Sophomore BSU President Harmony Edosomwan sits in the middle of Main Street during the protest.

Joey Waldinger, Brandon Arcari

February 22, 2018

Members of NoNames for Justice, a student activist group, said they were willing to be arrested during their protest on South Prospect and Main Street.   At 7:45 p.m., protesters moved into the Waterman building. The protest began at 4:30 p.m. when a group of graduate students walked out of a fina...

Students call for administrators to resign over handling of bias incidents

Students call for administrators to resign over handling of bias incidents

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

February 20, 2018

This article updated at 4:10 p.m. Feb. 21.  Students and community members occupied the Waterman Feb. 20, calling for administrators to resign over the University’s handling of racial bias incidents. The rally, referred to as the “Done with the Bullsh*t Rally,” protested the University...

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