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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...

BREAKING: Student protestors rally against preacher on campus

BREAKING: Student protestors rally against preacher on campus

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

A group of 150-200 students gathered to protest against a preacher that was yelling anti-gay messages and quoting biblical verses on the middle of UVM's Central campus. He preached for about an hour and gathered a small crowd. As he entered the second hour, a group of counter-protesters gathered around...

Zen and the art of ignoring the irrelevant

Zen and the art of ignoring the irrelevant

Henry Mitchell

September 13, 2018

On the last day of August, I was walking back from class, making pleasant conversation with a friend, when I heard him gasp. “Oh no,” he said. “What?” I asked. “Preacher,” was his only answer. Sure enough, I looked to my left and saw a man surrounded by a dozen-or-so students. We both sigh...

Preachers lose the crowd

Preachers lose the crowd

News Staff Report

November 2, 2017

A sophomore kissed the man he loved in front of a man preaching on campus outside of the library Monday, Oct. 23. The preacher, identified only as “John,” looked on with disgust and criticized the two men,  sophomore Thomas Rattigan said. The preacher stood on a rock across from Bailey/Howe...

Preacher on campus sparks conversation along with controversy

Preacher on campus sparks conversation along with controversy

Kim Henry, Staff Writer

September 18, 2017

On Sept. 1, a preacher who introduced himself as Gerald waved his bible outside the Davis Center, drawing a group of students who challenged his ideals. For the past several years, early fall and spring have attracted street preachers to campus. Though Gerald, from Alabama, had never been to Burlington b...

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