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End of bottled water on campus


Coke contract to expire


SGA backs bottled water ban, Bring Your Own Bottle days

Alarm activated

By Lauren Drasler Assistant News Editor A firework set off in Wilks Hall activated a fire alarm, forcing students to exit their dorms on the evening of Jan. 19. The firework was allegedly tossed down a stairwell around 9 p.m. The perpetrators still have not been identified, according to campus officials. First-years Lindsay Muratore and Briona Hall, residents of Wilks, said they heard the firework go off and informed staff about the incident.

By Lauren Drasler Assistant News Editor The sale of bottled water on campus will end Jan. 1, 2013, making UVM one of the first institutions nationwide to pass this type of sustainable beverage policy, according to University Communications. UVM will remove bottled water from its 57 vending machines and in retail outlets, as well as mandate that one-third of the drinks in vending machines be healthy choices, University Communications stated. Though the administration made this decision, Director for the Office of Sustainability Gioia Thompson said that student groups such as Vermont Student Environmental Program (VSTEP) really led the way. “In 2010 and 2011, Mikayla McDonald and Marlee Baron each served as both VSTEP president and SGA senator,” Thompson said. “They were key in connecting with SGA committees and leaders, who responded with resolutions,” she said. Thompson said that UVM’s campus has 200 water fountains that can easily be retrofitted with water bottle filling stations like the ones in the Davis Center for about $300 each. “Other fountains will need to be replaced, costing in the thousands,” she said. “There may be some new fountain locations requiring new plumbing, as is the

Fireworks fly in Wilks

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case in the Waterman building’s recent fountain upgrade.” Richard Cate, Vice President of Finance, said he estimates that the cost of updating and replacing water fountains throughout campus will be about $100,000. “This action is not likely to save the University any money, but hopefully students will save money by having better access to chilled drinking water for which they do not have to pay,” Cate said. The Coca-Cola contract, which gives the company exclusive pouring rights at the University and is set to expire in June, generates $482,000 in revenue for UVM, Cate said. Of that revenue, some is used to directly benefit students. “One hundred and fifty seven

thousand dollars of the $482,000 from the current contract goes to student financial aid,” he said. Cate confirmed that revenue from the new contracts will also be directed toward student aid. President of VSTEP Greg Francese said that his club has worked directly with the Office of Sustainability and student organizations in order to educate the community about environmental issues such as the impact of bottled water. Francese said that VSTEP’s main goal for the past five years has been to ban the sale of bottled water, with campaigns such as Bring Your Own Bottle days, in which students are encourSee on BOTTLE BAN page 3

“We tried to fan off the fire alarm, but it didn’t work. It wasn’t a big firework, just a little guy.” Lindsay Muratore First-year “We think someone lit the firework on the fourth-floor balcony and threw it down to the third floor,” Hall said. “We didn’t see anyone running away because we were on the third floor.” Muratore said that there was no fire, but smoke was visible. “We tried to fan off the fire alarm, but it didn’t work,” she See FIREWORKS on page 3

‘Fed Up’ with rape culture

Dozens rally to raise awareness in community

By Ted Levin Staff Writer A morning flurry of snow did not deter students from rallying outside the Bailey/Howe Library on Jan. 28. In the wake of the controversy surrounding Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp), a coalition for women’s rights called Fed Up Vermont organized a rally to raise awareness of rape culture in the community. SigEp was removed from campus for circulating a survey to some of its members that asked the question, if they could rape somebody, who it would be. Some protesters said the

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closing of the fraternity was a big step, but that it is necessary to continue to raise awareness of such an important issue.

“There are many aspects of campus life that perpetuate societal rape culture.” Kristin Nelson Member of Fed Up Vermont

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mont, Kristin Nelson, said that the atmosphere of college social life is not a safe environment for women. “[It] does a lot of harm to the women at UVM and the way that they are treated within this culture,” she said. “There are many aspects of campus life that perpetuate societal rape culture.” Standing under the overhang of the library, a group of dozens of men and women held signs and handed out flyers to a few passersby. Some signs seen in the crowd See FED UP on page 3

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UVM students gather to protest against rape culture and for gender equality on the steps of Bailey/Howe Library, Jan 28.



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Robert Palazzo

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UVM presidential candidate Robert Palazzo speaks at his open forum in the Grand Maple Ballroom, Jan. 26. By Katy Cardin Staff Writer, Kevin Santamaria Staff Writer

Thomas E. Sullivan, the fourth presidential candidate to come to campus, held an open forum on Jan. 25 to answer questions about his impressions of the University and his confidence in leading a premier research institution. In his most recent position, Sullivan served as provost of the University of Minnesota for seven and a half years, where he managed budgets, coordinated private and public fundraising and reorganized the University. Sullivan’s career has also included employment at three public land-grant universities and a private university. “I think having been at both public and private universities, perhaps at a scale somewhat bigger than UVM, has given me a comparative advantage at this point in my life,” Sullivan said. With 22 years of experience in administrating higher education and two deanships at different institutions, Sullivan said he believes his experience would align very well with UVM and the state of Vermont. “The experience that I’ve garnered from being a faculty member and then in positions of leadership as dean and provost…give me some insight as to how [I could] help the faculty and students lead this University to even greater heights of excellence,” he said. Sullivan said he does not believe that the transition from a much larger university to UVM will act as an obstacle but as an opportunity, considering UVM’s deep passion for liberal education, the humanities, science and the environment.

Thomas Apple

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UVM presidential candidate Thomas Apple speaks at his open forum in the Grand Maple Ballroom, Jan. 30.

By Keegan Farifield Staff Writer Robert Palazzo, a candidate vying to be UVM’s 26th president, recently visited the campus for an intensive round of interviews and meet-and-greets. At an open forum held on Jan. 26, Palazzo presented his vision for the future of UVM: to develop a comprehensive research university with global prominence. He said the University is postured well to embark on that endeavor and praised the community’s tenacity and willingness to confront difficult issues. “I have not visited a university that has shown the courage to embrace complexity and management on that scale anywhere yet,” Palazzo said. “This draws me here; that courage, that sensibility, the hope and the promise that you represent is something that I would like to be a part of.” In 2006, Palazzo became provost of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and has been on sabbatical since stepping down from that position in 2011. As provost, he oversaw the implementation of the Rensselear Plan that vastly expanded the physical footprint of the institute and the creation of many new deanships and faculty appointments. Palazzo’s tenure as provost was not without controversy. He and other top administrators came under fire in 2007, when Palazzo disbanded the faculty senate after they defied a direct order from the institute’s Board of Trustees to reverse a decision that would have extended membership privileges to non-tenure track faculty. Palazzo defended the move in a phone interview “I see this as a natural progression of my career, to perhaps come to an institution that seems very focused, very strategic,” he said. “I think in this case, your size and your focus is a real advantage. Not a challenge.” If chosen as University president, Sullivan would be a lawyer heading a university without a law school, but in an interview with the Cynic, he said he is not concerned. “My own research and teaching at this point in my career could easily find a way into any of the social sciences departments,” he said. Sullivan said he believes UVM’s size makes it a place where an administrator can have a very specific vision and mission that is compatible with his own values and aspirations. “[At] a more complex institution, people expect you to be all things to all people,” Sullivan said. “And sometimes you’re very broad and not very deep when you are trying to meet expectations.” Sullivan said he was impressed by UVM’s aspirations and expectations for the future of Vermont citizens, faculty, staff and students. “As a land-grant public university, it’s our obligation, our responsibility, to advance the public good,” he said. UVM could accomplish this through applied research and by bringing ideas and innovations into the community to make it a better place for the citizens of Vermont, Sullivan said. A critical part of contributing to society involves improving the overall student experience. See on SULLIVAN page 4

By Devin Karambelas Assistant News Editor, Mat Degan Staff Writer Presidential candidate Thomas Apple summed up his reaction to visiting UVM and the opportunity to be its 26th president in one word: “stoked.” As the fifth and final candidate for the presidential position, Apple’s visit to campus concluded the search process and culminated in an open forum session on Jan. 30 where he addressed a crowd near capacity and fielded questions. “My philosophy as an administrator is to be someone who maintains a presence on campus, believes in transparency and strongly advocates shared government,” he said. Apple spent much of his 10-minute forum introduction and interview with the Cynic touching on key issues that he felt strongly about, including the importance of faculty, diversity and transdisciplinary education. He emphasized the ways in which UVM is similar to the University of Delaware (UD), where he is currently serving in his third year as provost. Both schools share the distinction of being the only small-research, land-grant university in their respective states, have similar expenditures and budgets and are roughly the same size, Apple said. UVM and UD also have unionized faculty, a point Apple stressed because he said he is the only presidential candidate to have negotiated with a faculty union. Previously involved with the American Association of University Professors, Apple said that it is important to work hand-in-hand with university faculty and ensure

with the Cynic, explaining that his intention was not to undermine the Senate’s sovereignty or to subordinate non-tenure track faculty. “All faculty are valuable to the University and all faculty have both privileges and responsibility,” he said. “But the tenured faculty are granted a career-long relationship with the University, which grants them a lot of privilege and a lot of protection, and that is a special relationship and brings special responsibilities in terms of the stewardship of the University.” Still, criticism of the action was strong and widespread. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) conducted an independent investigation of the controversy. Their report, released in 2011, characterized the action as an unwarranted response to an arbitrary order. “The provost’s insinuation that faculty opposition was pernicious seems to indicate a basic misperception of the role of the various institutional components in a system of shared academic governance,” the report noted. In a telephone interview with the Cynic, Grand Marshall of RPI’s student Senate Lee Sharma said that Palazzo dealt with the controversy in a professional manner and was receptive to reconstruction attempts. “He was supportive of the four or five attempts to bring back the faculty senate,” she said. “He did everything in his power to push those forward.” Sharma also said Palazzo valued the opinions and initiatives of students and was accessible and receptive See on PALAZZO page 4

Thomas E. Sullivan

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UVM presidential candidate Thomas E. Sullivan speaks at his open forum in the Davis Center, Jan. 25.

that their needs are met, calling them a university’s most important asset. “I want to help students find their passion,” he said. “This can only happen with great faculty, because great faculty create great programs which attract great students.” At the forum, Sullivan outlined his hope to not only attract diverse students, faculty and staff but also to find ways to incorporate them into the community as equals. “It’s critical to have diverse populations that bring different value systems, life experiences and cultural systems,” he said. “When we think about issues of diversity, we need to make sure that these people are included and feel equity.” For Apple, diversity also extends to the academic realm. He said he was interested in attracting a different type of student through continuing education programs and access learning online. Apple said he thinks these options could increase the University’s income. “As state support declines, we need to find new revenues that attract new students, perhaps non-traditional students looking for retraining as they make a career change,” he said. “We need to find new ways where we can help other segments of society find opportunities.” In an interview with the Cynic, Apple said UVM’s undergraduate program is one of the core strengths of the University because it integrates a solid research reputation with a commitment to education. “Combining education and research programs is reSee on APPLE page 4



Old building, new look Renovated Aiken Center promotes green tech By Molly Philbin Cynic Correspondent The newly renovated George D. Aiken Center, one of the greenest buildings in the country, opened in January 2012 to muchawaited enthusiasm. As headquarters for the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Aiken Center boasts green machines and opportunities for student research, according to directors at the Rubenstein School. Ordinary buildings release up to 42 percent of this country’s greenhouse gases, so the project’s 18-month, $13 million rehab was well worth it, said Alan McIntosh, professor at the Rubenstein School. “To give students the chance to see how a green building actually works…is really exciting,” he said. Although the Aiken Center is larger than its predecessor, it requires minimal energy, so there is 60 to 80 percent less carbon production needed to run the building, McIntosh said. Aside from being particularly green, the center is also one of the most monitored, so researchers are constantly able to update the building’s efficiency, Research Associate Gary Hawley said. The most unique thing about the Aiken Center is the Eco-Machine, which up-cycles water so that the building does not need a lot of water from outside sources, Hawley said. “A series of tanks process our wastewater in the building

aged to not buy bottled water for one day. “We wanted people to think about why they’re purchasing bottled water,” he said. “The way we’ve done that is basically just by educating people about why you can get virtually the same product for free out of a water fountain.” Though the decision to end sales of bottled water on campus is finally official, Francese said the news has not sunk in yet. “It feels surreal – I guess it hasn’t really hit me yet,” he said. “There’s been a lot of congratulatory emails, and I got interviewed by one of the local news stations, but it just doesn’t feel like it’s happening.


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Graduate students Nathan Reigner (left) and Peter Pettengill (right) study parks and outdoor recreation in the newly renovated and energy efficient George D. Aiken Center, Jan. 26. to a point where [we can] almost drink the water,” he said. “[Right now] we use it to re-flush the toilets, and eventually we hope to use it to irrigate plants in the building.” The Rubenstein School aims to install an Eco-Machine in every office across campus, so that sewage will not have to be dumped into Burlington’s sewer system, Hawley said. The goal is to enforce a zero-waste policy throughout the University. “Then we can do a better job of minimizing phosphates and other pollutants that we dump into the lake,” he said. Although the Rubenstein School is primarily made up of administrative offices, the build-

“When it happens it will be great,” he said. Former VSTEP president Mikayla McDonald said that she is very supportive of UVM’s decision to let the Coke contract expire and to remove the sale of bottled water from campus. “UVM has shown great leadership with this action and will undoubtedly motivate students in other American colleges and universities to take similar initiatives,” she said. McDonald said she has a variety of issues with the bottled water industry. “Single-serving, plastic-packaged bottled water is one of those products which has a 100 percent manufactured demand,” she said. “That means that there was

Ralliers hope to eradicate sexism

...continued from page 1 included, “sexism is the weapon of the 1 percent,” “end cockcontrol,” and “down with dick power.” Member of Fed Up Vermont, Hayley Mason said to the Burlington Free Press that she believed the rally is one of many ways to eradicate sexism on campus. “Rape culture is bigger than one frat,” Mason said. Speaker at the rally and English professor Nancy Welch said that UVM has recently been in the midst of racism, sexism and corporate cronyism, according to the Free Press.

Scholarships 2012 By Mat Degan Staff Writer

Summer & Fall 2012 Gilman Scholarships

Students considering studying abroad this summer or fall can receive up to $5,000 toward their overseas program costs as a Gilman Scholar. For those interested in applying, an informational session will be held on Feb. 13 in the Jost Family Room of the Davis Center at 5:30 p.m. Questions regarding the scholarships may be directed to Student Fellowships Advisor Brit Chase at (802) 656-4658 and additional information can be found on the program website at http://www.iie. org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program. Applications are due March 1, 2012 and are available online.

ing’s involvement with student research is noticeable. Students will be able to utilize the building’s Eco-Machine and green roof, and have landscaping opportunities, Hawley said. McIntosh added that undergraduate and graduate students will also be able to work on the center’s eight separate watersheds on the roof. Several major research projects provide the students with a lot of hours to evaluate the efficiencies of the building and how well it’s doing, he said. “If someone’s really psyched about green buildings, we’ll do everything we can to get them involved,” McIntosh said.

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The rally on Saturday was just one of many events Fed Up Vermont has planned for the future. “We hope to have a large teach-in on sexism,” Nelson said. “By having protests and press conferences addressing campus issues…[we can] raise awareness on these important problems.” According to the Free Press, the goals of Fed Up Vermont for UVM are to invest more resources in and to institute mandatory women and gender studies, provide full transparency about sexual harassment, rape and gender violence and to advocate and institute women leadership.

essentially no need or want for it until bottled water companies started spending billions of dollars on advertising.” These advertising campaigns have successfully convinced many Americans that municipal tap water is dirty and dangerous while bottled water is cleaner and healthier, McDonald said. In fact, the opposite is true. Many students said they agree with the University’s decision to stop selling bottled water. “I think it’s awesome,” senior Audrey Stout said. “We don’t need any more plastic, so I’m all for this idea.” Other students agreed that bottled water is a waste. “There is plenty of opportunity to get free water from the

FIREWORKS ...continued from page 1 said. “It wasn’t a big firework, just a little guy.” Residence Director Patrick Hale sent out an email to the Wings/Davis/Wilks complex community the night of the event acknowledging the two residents that saw the incident because they notified staff immediately. “Thankfully no one was harmed during this incident, and students were able to return to the building in a relatively quick fashion,” the email stated. Each time a fire alarm goes off, it costs $500, which students are responsible for paying in the long run, according to the email.

Linda Backus Memorial Award

Sponsored by United Academics, this award is for students who have completed two years at a higher education institution and have an immediate family member involved in a union in Vermont. Honoring undergraduate students for outstanding civic engagement and social justice, qualified applicants will be awarded $1,000. Application details and additional information can be found online at www.unitedacademics. org/backus.html. The deadline for applying is March 15, 2012 and completed applications should be sent to Denise Youngblood at denise.

The Jeffrey Book Brace Award

Also sponsored by United Academics and open to any qualified first, second or third year UVM student who will be enrolled fulltime in the fall, the Brace Award provides $500 for textbooks and supplies to students with exemplary academic records and who demonstrate a commitment to seeing social and economic justice. Interested students are encouraged to find more information and application materials online at http://www. Applications for the Brace Award are due March 1, 2012 and should be sent to Denise Youngblood at denise.

Additional research grants and awards with upcoming spring deadlines can be found online at http://www.uvm. edu/ugresearch /?Page=grants. html.

STUDY ABROAD! Smoke activates fire alarm, students notify staff “Such an act could have done more damage than it had already caused and endangered the lives of both the individuals responsible and their fellow community members in Wilks,” the email stated. Learie Nurse, the assistant director of the Redstone campus, said that this instance is under investigation and students have been asked to come forward if they have any information. Nurse said that there could be a variety of consequences if the person who set off the firework is found. “If an individual is found responsible for this particular

incident, they are subject to go through the conduct process which is with the Center for Student Ethics and Standards (CSES),” he said. “They adjudicate cases of this nature.” In order for events of this type to be prevented, residents need to recognize that they are part of a bigger community, Nurse said. “The residential halls are not just a place to sleep, but a place where community is built, lifelong friendships are created, and, above all, a place that should be treated with a lot more pride and respect,” he said.





PALAZZO Presidential candidate envisions ‘research university’ ...continued from page 2 to them. “He was always willing to talk to students, always willing to arrange a meeting,” she said. “He cared a lot about his job, the faculty and students.” Last year Palazzo was chosen as one of three finalists for president at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and is currently under consideration at other universities as well. He insists, however, that UVM has captured his heart. “I haven’t felt a draw like I feel for the University of Vermont probably since I went to the Marine Biological Laboratories early in my career,” he said. He praised UVM’s diverse research programs, breadth of education and allegiance to the

pursuit of new knowledge. Palazzo said he understands the necessity of ensuring that higher education remains accessible to all because of his humble beginnings. “My opportunities to educate myself have made all the difference,” he said. “I strongly believe in providing that opportunity to others.” The rising costs of higher education and increasingly scarce funding are common issues which Palazzo said many universities face and address. “The real issue is the cost to the tenants,” he said. “But we can’t keep driving tuition up forever.” A collective approach to fundraising is a fundamental value that Palazzo said he embraces because it includes building an enduring and supportive com-

munity that can in turn inspire others to help themselves. President of United Academics David Shiman recently commented on the seemingly disproportionate allocation of resources between instruction, and administrative costs and debt payment. In response, Palazzo praised the progress made under former President Fogel, but noted that it is critical that the University community align its values and objectives and work together in future decision making. “Moving forward, we can consider balances, and we can consider optimizing according to the values that the community holds most dear,” he said. “What I credit President Fogel for is leaving us with that opportunity.”

SULLIVAN Candidate emphasizes experience with bigger schools ...continued from page 2 “This will excite students to be able to go out, having had a great education here, and want to play a leadership role in society to make it a better place,” he said. Sullivan mentioned research that suggested students who are more engaged in universities by joining organizations or working part-time will perform better academically and graduate in a timely manner. “It’s not just the academic experience or the educational,” he said. “It’s about the social maturations of our students.” Sullivan said a university should be a leader in advancing diversity. “Universities have to stand up, presidents and chancellors, and make the case on why this

is a legal, moral and social issue,” he said. “We are a country that has become very successful because of its diversity and our pluralism; the future is only bright if we embrace and support and encourage that same path.” Some participants at the forum said they enjoyed Sullivan’s ability to speak in a colloquial manner as well as his focus on the liberal arts and humanities. “It’s important to find a president also driven by values,” library professor Trina Magi said. Even though Sullivan only visited Burlington for the first time last May, he said he has always shared strong connections with the University. His wife, Leslie Sullivan, and her older sister are 1977 and 1973 UVM graduates, respec-

tively. In addition, one of his nephews recently graduated last May. “There is a fondness for this University,” Sullivan said. “When I was called to see if I would consider the institution, it was a combination of being the right time for me … and also the fondness that my family has for Vermont.” Sullivan concluded the forum by saying that he believes UVM has the ability to move forward in the ranks of premier, small research universities. “A university that focuses and cares deeply about liberal education, our environment and health care is important to our society today,” he said.

APPLE Advocates faculty, diversity and trans-disciplinary education ...continued from page 2 ally the hallmark of a small research university,” Apple said. “There’s a commitment here to the education of students.” Encouraged by UVM’s advance in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Apple said he is determined to see this trend continue and thought the rise was a reflection of universitywide improvement. “The most important mission is creating the next generation of leaders, focusing on student success, making sure they end up with a degree and a passion in their area,” he said. “The ranking is the result of doing the right things.” Yet in the midst of rising education costs and a lagging economy, Apple said that equal access for all qualified students

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is an ever-important priority. “It shouldn’t be about the money,” he said. “We’ve got to find a way for students to earn a degree without being overburdened with loans.” To this end, Apple championed administrative changes at UD that guaranteed all tuition needs would be met by no more than 25 percent in student loans. Apple also highlighted the importance of alumni relations. His approach to fundraising is not just to value past students, but also to try and reach out to them as sources of wisdom and stewards of their university. Last year, Apple spoke with students at a UD Student Government Association forum about his initiative to improve the quality of academic advisBy Lauren Drasler Assistant News Editor

Suspicious Persons A suspicious male wanting to take classes as a student was reported in McAuley Hall on Jan. 23

ing, according to UD’s student newspaper The Review. In email correspondence with the Cynic, University of Delaware Student Government Association President Molly Sullivan gave praise Apple for his ability to listen to the student body. “I know that those who have worked or spoken with Provost Tom Apple, myself included, find that they are speaking to someone who is willing to listen and willing to help,” Sullivan stated. “He loves speaking to students and is always, without fail, open to new ideas.”

A man who is not a student was reported sleeping in University Heights on Jan. 23. The person was not found. There was a report of unauthorized people in the Royall Tyler Theater on Jan. 24. The individuals were later confirmed to be the UVM maintenance staff working on fire safety equipment.

Palazzo’s thoughts on... Athletics: “I think it’s the benefits to the students and the building of the community spirit that is most important. So I think we have to keep supporting it.” Englesby house: “We would prefer to live there and we feel that would be important for us to integrate into the community. It’s the University’s home, and I think it’s important to view it that way.” Climate: If you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk… You’re a community that’s committed to environmental sustainability, and one of the most important things in environmental sustainability will be our modification of our behaviors and our appropriate application of technology to assure that the environment is truly sustained. Burlington: “Burlington is an important part of the ability to draw talent and outstanding students to Vermont.”

Sullivan’s thoughts on... Athletics: “We should remember that this is about being a student first and that balance of [being] a student-athlete. And I admire, at least as I understand it, the way the University of Vermont has handled that.” Student involvement: “The more we can get them involved in student governance, student leadership, even in sports, in athletics; it all makes for a more well-rounded, healthy environment for the student.” Cancer center: “The more we can get them involved in student governance, student leadership, even in sports, in athletics; it all makes for a more well-rounded, healthy environment for the student.” Unions: “If we’re going to recruit and retain the very best faculty and the very best staff, we simply must pay a price that will make that happen and be successful, whatever that is. I don’t think there is a higher calling in higher education than investing in one’s people.”

Apple’s thoughts on... Burlington: “Lake Champlain is absolutely beautiful. The town has a neat vibe.” Presidential Mansion: “I want to have an on-campus presence. I was glad to hear they’ve already started renovations; one of the last things you want is to be chosen and then your first expenditure is feathering your own nest.” Art and the humanities: “I think it’s an important part of educating a human being. I took a drawing class 10 years ago and it changed my outlook on things, and I began to appreciate beauty in different ways.” Alumni: “I think it should be that you learn, you earn, you return.”

Vandalism Numerous exit signs in the hallways of Coolidge Hall were damaged on Jan. 22.

Theft There was a late report of purse stolen from a dorm room in Mason Hall on Jan. 21.

Drugs/alcohol Drug-related objects were taken from students in Wills Hall on Jan. 23. A student in Converse Hall was criminally charged with possession of Marijuana and other drug related objects on Jan. 22.

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