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Re: “Bev Colston's Mission: to Serve UVM's Students of Color

Bev has been my mentor for over eight years. She and her staff were mentors to me during my time as a graduate student of color at UVM. I'm now directing my own multicultural student services center in Cleveland, Ohio and much of my style is directly influenced by Bev's style, grace, and love. She taught me what I know and do. Thank you Seven Days for this wonderful highlight on a treasured loved one and my dear mentor.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Salomon Rodezno on 11/09/2017 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Bev Colston's Mission: to Serve UVM's Students of Color

Beautiful article! Bev Colston is such a phenomenal woman. Truly a beacon of love and light. She is the glue to many in our community!

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Briana Martin on 11/09/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Bev Colston's Mission: to Serve UVM's Students of Color

What a waste of University funds . Somewhere along the line Groovy UVy became oh so politically correct UVM . As an alum , I am disgusted with this nonsense .

3 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 11/08/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Overheard Call Spawns a Court Case — and a Campus Free Speech Test

A private conversation overheard by some students who didn't like the words. That this incident is even in court shows me that this college campus is at the tipping point of becoming a fascist state. Scary days in Vermont indeed, when a person cannot have an opinion that was not even intended for others' ears.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by saysme on 11/03/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Overheard Call Spawns a Court Case — and a Campus Free Speech Test

I have no idea what was said or in what context, but that seems to be the potential problem in "overhearing" one-side of someone's conversation. We don't have to like what someone says or how they say it, but we need to defend the rights afforded all of us under the Constitution.

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Posted by Tina R on 11/02/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Overheard Call Spawns a Court Case — and a Campus Free Speech Test

Regardless of how this turns out, at least people searching for this kid, Wesley Richter, on the internet they will be able to find easily that he is an asshole.

"Wesley Richter"+VT+racist
"Wesley Richter" + VT + "asshole"

There that should help.

1 like, 47 dislikes
Posted by Adam Salem on 11/01/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

GOOD JOB RICKY BOI

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kyle Gathright on 10/16/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

Really spicy article RICK! nice to goooo budday

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Posted by Kyle Gathright on 10/16/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

I really liked this article it was really spicy like my memes but i dont like this guy Michael Lannen Bc hes not spicy enough M8. Dnt H8 M8 just R8 M8 ;) babe

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kyle Gathright on 10/16/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Despite Transgender Ban, Norwich University Cadets Soldier On

This brave cadet should be commended for their academic success. Hopefully the political situation changes, and they will be permitted to help protect our great country.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Angela Burnham on 10/04/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “A Student Shortage at Saint Michael's College Leads to Existential Questions

I went to a small liberal arts college in Portland, OR, that faced many of the same problems. The growing pains were difficult, but academic excellence and a committed student body were strong elements in the college's survival. St. Michael is also a a local institution and should use its local roots to help build its name elsewhere. UVM has managed to attract people to winter, and St. Mike's may learn from that too. I note that NESN's big guy, TC, also gives personal testimonials about the college regularly during Red Sox games and that can't hurt. I hope the college survives because it supplies a need for local and other youths. We, as a nation, need to be aware of the value of a liberal arts education, especially one that promotes social engagement. My best wishes to St. Mike's now and in the future.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/28/2017 at 5:44 PM

Re: “A Student Shortage at Saint Michael's College Leads to Existential Questions

While Saint Michael's may be facing difficult economic decisions, it will endure and prosper. I am confident of this because the real value of Saint Michael's happens each day in our classrooms, laboratories and on the fields and buildings of our campus. You simply cannot quantify or measure the excellence of instruction, the enthusiasms and accomplishments of our students, our gifted athletes or our dedicated scholars. So while economic cycles will come and go, the life of the mind will continue to thrive at SMC!

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Padraic on 09/22/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Saint Michael's Students Embrace Grown-Up Fire and Rescue Roles

So perhaps the whole stupid expensive and terribly financed College model is failing? Maybe financial literacy has finally penetrated our youth. This I think is the edge of a sweeping change that needs to occur. Profiting off educating our population has some short comings.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Robert M Gifford on 09/21/2017 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Saint Michael's Students Embrace Grown-Up Fire and Rescue Roles

Was on SMFD 35 years ago and think about it and everything I learned everyday

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Posted by C.P. Curtin on 09/21/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “UVM College of Medicine Addresses Diversity

"The advantages of having a diverse student population are clear. Diversity has been shown to lead to creativity and innovation and is key to solving complex problems, said David A. Acosta, chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges."

Undoubtedly true but a complicated truth that goes much deeper. Harvard Professor Robert Putnam conducted in-depth research on this topic:

"IT HAS BECOME increasingly popular to speak of racial and ethnic diversity as a civic strength. From multicultural festivals to pronouncements from political leaders, the message is the same: our differences make us stronger.

But a massive new study, based on detailed interviews of nearly 30,000 people across America, has concluded just the opposite. Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam -- famous for "Bowling Alone," his 2000 book on declining civic engagement -- has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings."

http://archive.boston.com/news/globe/ideas…

Theoretically, this may be overcome as social identity evolves and changes. But it likely requires a social narrative that emphasizes our commonality as Americans and a true melting pot, including immigration rates at a pace that allows for assimilation. The current social narrative, fed by both right and left, is a salad bowl model of splintering apart based on identity politics & surface differences.

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/20/2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “UVM College of Medicine Addresses Diversity

So long as admissions is judging each applicant based on their merit and admitting applicants with similar grade point averages and MCAT scores, the amount of melanin or lack thereof should have zero impact on admission. If someone is going into surgery, they want someone who is highly qualified and was admitted to medical school based on their qualifications; not based on what box the person checks on a Census Bureau form.

14 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/20/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “With Teacher Contracts in Play, 'Comparables' Are Under Scrutiny

In terms of salary, it seems folks ought to be including retirement compensation in this discussion because for a 30 year employee, retirement will be ~42% of their last 3 years of salary, so for a 30 year employee retiring at $89k, they would receive an additional 30 year income of ~$35k per year. And average annual cash benefit will approximately be $89k + $35k.

Along these same lines, a 3% is actually a net 5% raise when one include retirement.

This post is not to pick a side though I personally think there are far better ways to resolve disputes than striking against the kids. Our kids deserve better than this.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Russell Beste on 09/16/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

Great article. Way to go Rick!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Michael Lannen on 09/11/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “With Teacher Contracts in Play, 'Comparables' Are Under Scrutiny

The teachers need to understand that they are well-compensated; often better than most other Vermonters.

17 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by The Oracle on 09/06/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Milton Students Return to Racial Turmoil

Please, white people, hold your family, friends and neighbors accountable for the racist things they say and do. Racism is not going to go away on it's own, as long as children are still being taught to hate. It's time to stand up AGAINST racism! Just quietly being a good person is not enough anymore. Take a stand.

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dwayne Uke-gottabekidding Doner on 09/05/2017 at 8:18 AM

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