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The evolution of NBR over time

Although the Naked Bike Ride has occurred at UVM for the last 21 years, each “ride” is different.   The event occurs annually on the last day of classes. In past years, the NBR has fallen on a Wednesday. In 2016, the event occurred Friday, Dec. 4.     The event was spearheaded by Erica…

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FSL loses tax-exempt status, numbers drop

UVM fraternities and sororities are facing a decrease in membership following the loss of their property tax exemption.   On Jan. 1, a 2014 state law that repealed Greek organizations’ exemption was enacted.   Sigma Phi fraternity is already feeling the effects of the tax, namely in decreasing membership numbers, incoming president junior Drew Steinberg…

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Faculty assesses student performance

The Faculty Senate has begun implementing a new form of student assessment focused on helping faculty better design their curriculum. The UVM Assessment Initiative launched last year is ready to be put into use by faculty and staff to collect data on how students here are performing, and determine academic areas that need improvement. This…

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Struggle to sublet hinder studying abroad

For some students, the ability to sublet may be just as important a factor as rent and location are while searching for off-campus leases for next year. Students struggle to find subletters to take over their off-campus leases while they study abroad, and it’s causing emotional and financial stress, junior Kara Shamsi said. Shamsi said…

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Burlington becomes a sanctuary

The City Council approved the decision to make Burlington a sanctuary city Nov. 8, contrary to President-elect Donald Trump’s federal immigration plan proposals. The council passed the motion 10-2. Councilmen Kurt Wright, R-Ward 4 and Dave Hartnett, I-North District, voted against the resolution. Sanctuary city status limits the city’s involvement with na- tional immigration authorities,…

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Mental help spikes

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 Porter, director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing. The…

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City makes moves to enhance streets

After years of planning, Burlington is making changes to its streets. Burlington Residents came together at City Hall for a presentation about the Great Streets Initiative by the project’s leaders on what’s happening and what’s to come with the town center’s development Nov. 16. The developers’ intentions to soon transfer their plans to designs getting…

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School welcomes Mosaic Center to campus

For the third time in its existence, the ALANA Student Center has officially changed its name. The African, Latino(a), Asian and Native American Student Center formally opened it’s doors to the community in an open house celebration Nov. 10, where it announced its name change to the Mosaic Center for Students of Color. The MCSC…

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$1 million donated to help bike paths

A check of over $1 million was presented to Mayor Miro Weinberger by The Parks Foundation to improve the waterfront bike path. The Parks Foundation works to inspire the spirit of stewardship and philanthropy for Burlington’s parks and recreational properties, according to their website. Over 250 donors made contributions, according to an Oct. 25 report…

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Campus services support students after election

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. “Sitting in a circle, seeing other faces, sharing sentiment,it helps to know we…

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Company foots UVM’s solar panels

Solar panels are on track for installation on four buildings on-campus next year.   Solar panels will be installed on the Harris Millis, Living/Learning, Mason/Simpson/Hamilton complexes and the Bailey/Howe library starting early 2017, according to the project proposal.   The contract is still under negotiation, but Thomas Gustafson, vice president for University Relations and Administration…

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