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Eco-Rep trash tips: compost, recycle, decontaminate

Eco-Rep trash tips: compost, recycle, decontaminate

Makayla Salas

March 10, 2019


Filed under Guest Commentary, Opinion

Let’s talk trash, baby. What goes in it? What should go in it? Not all of us are Rubenstein students, and sometimes it’s easier to just throw things in the landfill. That’s a good place to start: When In Doubt, Throw It Out. The UVM Eco-Reps are a group of student leaders committed to providing...

No ifs, ands or butts for tobacco-free ambassador job

No ifs, ands or butts for tobacco-free ambassador job

Mills Sparkman

March 2, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In 2017, I wrote about UVM’s lack of cigarette receptacles and the litter it produced. According to their website, SGA just passed legislation to provide disposals for cigarettes and other tobacco products. But, a paid “Tobacco-Free Campus Ambassador” position as created by Center for Health and We...

Residential Adviser: one job where you can’t clock out

Residential Adviser: one job where you can’t clock out

Tori Scala

February 16, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Residential Advisers do so much for the UVM community, the least we can give them in return is a substantial paycheck, and be truthful of what the job entails. As an RA at UVM, your room and board is waived. This might seem tempting to possible applicants, but once they hear the real truth of being an...

Students, stand up with United Academics

Students, stand up with United Academics

Letter to the Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

The John Dewey Lounge was packed Feb. 4 as UVM’s faculty union, United Academics, addressed the crowd of students, teachers and other community members. Two senior lecturers from the College of Arts and Sciences are not being renewed, with 10 more receiving drastically reduced hours. Additionally, m...

It’s time to fix our fraternities

It’s time to fix our fraternities

Staff Editorial

February 13, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Our campus suffered a tragic loss Feb. 2 with the death of first-year Connor Gage. Following a night at two fraternities, Gage died in the snow of a North Winooski Ave. parking lot. When a student dies, it impacts campus and our community — especially since this situation was entirely preventable. Had s...

We need safe and affordable rides

We need safe and affordable rides

Staff Editorial

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

As college students, we rarely think of a night out as a life or death situation. But all too regularly, we are proven wrong, most recently by the death of first-year Connor Gage, in an incident the Burlington Police Department attributes in part to freezing overnight temperatures, according to an e...

Variation is value is CAS

Variation is value is CAS

Staff Editorial

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Not all degrees are created equal. In October 2018, CAS changed degree requirements for all majors, dropping required credit hours to 30 while increasing the maximum amount of credits students can take from 18 to 19. According to English Department Chair Dan Fogel this change lets students take el...

This year, do self-care for you

This year, do self-care for you

Izzy Abraham

January 25, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Mid-way through January, many people have New Years’ resolutions dictating their daily routines and choices. By opting to work out more frequently, eat a healthier diet or cut back on alcohol and drugs, many people are picking up self-care, a significant pop culture trend. However, I want to thro...

Governmental actions affect us all

Governmental actions affect us all

Staff Editorial

January 16, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

At the date of publication of this article, the government will have been shut down for 25 days. That means 25 days that one third of federal workers have gone without pay. The shutdown is the result of a political disagreement over funds demanded by President Trump for his border wall. And althoug...

When image control goes too far

When image control goes too far

Letter to the Editor

December 16, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

As a lead resident adviser and writing center tutor, the wellbeing of my community matters to me. As an Honors College student and critical thinker, honesty and academic integrity do as well. I feel I must speak out against the problematic email sent by Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs, to t...

Henry’s final exams guide

Henry’s final exams guide

Henry Mitchell

December 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This has been a year of change and hope, where we finally learned to take matters into our own hands through sheer effort and dedication. So you’re all set for finals week and totally don’t need my assistance. Ah shucks, who am I kidding … I’ll help you out again. 1: Extortion. Professors hav...

Passion is the key to true success

Passion is the key to true success

Jackson Schilling

December 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A common myth at college is that the only way to get a high-paying job is by majoring in a STEM field. In reality, students who dedicate themselves to their passion will be happier overall with their career than those pursuing STEM exclusively for a high-paying job. I know from my own studies that scienc...

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