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“It’s okay to be white” posters return to campus

“It’s okay to be white” posters return to campus

Meg Trogolo, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018

Two unsigned posters printed with the words “It’s Okay To Be White” were found along the driveway between Harris-Millis and the Gutterson field house Sunday afternoon. Both sheets of paper were pasted to the backs of street signs and one had been partially torn down by 3:30 p.m. Posters featuring...

Debut authors discuss writing and race in on-campus talk

Addie Beach, Senior Staff Writer

November 17, 2017

The weather outside may have been chilly, but last Wednesday the Sugar Maple Ballroom was filled with warm tea, comfy chairs and spirited conversation. Authors Lisa Ko and Kaitlyn Greenidge visited campus Nov. 8 to discuss their debut novels, “The Leavers” and “We Love You, Charlie Freeman”...

Equal treatment for organizations

Equal treatment for organizations

Staff Editorial

April 26, 2017

First, let’s be clear: the action of the individual who stole the Black Lives Matter flag was hateful and racist. In our editorial last week, we were not nearly clear enough about this. In fact, race and racism are not explicitly mentioned until the 12th paragraph. Yes, we speak abou...

Student to examine white identity and race

October 19, 2016

A retreat that caught international attention last year is being held again. Last year, UVM was put on an international stage after sending students on a weekend retreat to examine their white identity. Some students will take part in the third annual Examining White Identity Retreat at the Commo...

Winter Carnival unites the University

Winter Carnival unites the University

March 16, 2016

The Cynic’s Enterprise section has spent the past three weeks exploring race at UVM, and has covered the Kake Walk, the current racial climate and the future of diversity at our University. Though this may come as no surprise to UVM students, our University has the one of the lowest diversity rates of all...

Kake Walk: Time to right our wrongs

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February 24, 2016

Forty-seven years ago, the University ended a tradition that involved  fraternity members dancing in blackface and satin tuxedos. It was called the Kake Walk, inspired by  mid-19th century minstrel shows in Vermont.It ended in 1969, the year after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and durin...

Our failures to shed light on hate

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November 20, 2015

The media has been buzzing about the recent protests at the University of Missouri. Minority students and faculty across the country said they often are left feeling marginalized, and as outsiders at universities where the majority of the campus population is white. These events may be thousa...

Students to tackle race, gender and sexuality

Students to tackle race, gender and sexuality

Jackie Morris

March 10, 2015

Race, gender and sexuality will be in focus at UVM March 13. On this date, UVM will host the 11th annual UVM Student Conference on Race, Gender and Sexuality. The conference will include presentations by students who submitted various scholarly papers and creative works. These works...

The year of the white male

January 20, 2015

2014 has been the year of the collegiate white man. Campus rape? We are responsible. Police brutality? Yup, our fault.We’ve learned a lot about ourselves: how we should be assumed guilty of crimes that we are accused of committing without being proved guilty in a court of law.How, despite honest effort...

Mayor and police standoff

Kate Lipman

January 13, 2015

More than 25,000 police gathered for the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos in New York City on Dec. 27. While the sheer number of officers that attended the funeral was newsworthy, the funeral made headlines for a moment that came during the speech made by New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio. When...

Letter to the Editor: Real satire, racism and UVM

November 18, 2014

Dear Editor,Satire sheds the cold, bright light of humor onto societal ills by ridiculing those with power. In theory, it is constructive social criticism, yet satirists often lose sight of their original intent.Comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and writers like Kerry Martin attempt to u...

“Dear White People”

Gaetano Martello

November 11, 2014

This week, I had the pleasure of getting to see the new racial satire “Dear White People.” Its primary focus is on the relationship between blacks and whites, first and foremost from the black perspective. It takes place at a university, where students of both races excel, but where there is much raci...

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