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Office Of Student And Community Relations

Off Campus Life - FREE Tix, Localvore Doughnuts, & Peace on Prospect
Happy Black History Month!
In This Issue

February 2014

February Blues

February is a tough month. The coldest weather of the year and the excitement of a new semester seems to be a distant memory as we put our heads down and slog through the work and weather. But there are plenty of things to do to help us lift our spirits. Last month we gave you a jumpstart on some great Black History Month activities in the area. We wanted to add a link to a video that is going viral produced by UVM's Black Student Union - make sure to share it if you like it. This newsletter also has lots of great information and freebies to make February fabulous.

Amanda, Gail, John

PS - Thanks to the nearly 100 people who filled out our survey last month. You may notice this newsletter has changed (in format and style). We hope you like the changes which are a direct response to some of your great ideas. If you have other suggestions feel free to email us. There is also another survey below with more free tickets!

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Babysitter Mingler

Every semester, the Office of Student & Community Relations hosts a "meet-and-greet" for area families in need of responsible babysitters and UVM students interested in a babysitting job. This semester had well over a hundred people attending.

Check out this great FB photo album of the event. And if you missed it, don't worry the next one is Sunday, September 28, 2014 so mark your calendars.

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White Privilege

February 6, 13, 20, 27 (Thursdays)
6:00 - 7:30

Candid weekly discussion open to all, focusing on white privilege, with the goals of: examining privilege in our own lives, learning to identify the effects of systemic racism, and developing appropriate response to these realities. Readings and sometimes a video are emailed out weekly, then discussed the following week. Contact Corey Mallon for more information, to be added to the email list and/or get directions.

VT Workers Center
294 N. Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT.

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For National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

SATURDAY, February 22nd 2014
9:00am - 3:00pm
Gutterson Spin Room (At the UVM Athletic Complex)

Registration Fee - Per Session:
$25 (Each Rider)

Click here for more information.

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Eating Disorder Awareness
Week 2014

Almost Anorexic: Does everyone have an eating disorder? A unique look at subclinical eating disorders and how to find freedom.

Jenni Schaefer is the author of “Life Without Ed”, “Goodbye Ed, Hello Me”, and “Almost Anorexic”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
7:00P M
Grand Maple Ballroom

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Shovel Like a Pro

(And for a Cause)

None of use likes shoveling the snow that buries our cars and driveways during the Winter. In fact, there are lots of injuries (including frostbite during this Winter's particularly frigid days) that one has to be careful of. Here is a pdf with some helpful hints from UVM Extension. Once you read it and practice, you'll be a pro and ready to volunteer to help area seniors with a task that, for them, could be life threatening.

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Win 2 Flynn Tix
to Fatoumata Diawara

A star of the world music scene, Fatoumata Diawara was born in Côte d’Ivoire, grew up in Mali, and now lives in France. A guitarist and a singer-songwriter, her outrageously engaging music blends Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with jazz and other international influences.

We are offering 3 pairs of tickets to three randomly selected people who complete this short survey - it literally takes 60 seconds to enter.

Peace on Prospect

By Kylie George ’15 and Ellen Reinhardt ‘14Part of the GeoStories Project

Councilor Paul helps promote peace on South Prospect Street

As students, we’re often so wrapped up in campus life we sometimes forget families live in many of the stately homes lining neighborhood streets. To better understand the relationship between UVM and the residents of South Prospect Street, we sat down with Burlington’s Ward 6 City Councilor, Karen Paul, whose district includes UVM and its outlying neighborhoods. Paul, who has served since 2008, grew up in the district, got her graduate degree at UVM, and raises her family here. “I can’t think of a better thing to do as far as community service or public service,” she explained.

So, what’s the problem?

The tension between South Prospect residents and students can often be heard in some of the complaints that reach Paul’s desk. The most prevalent concerns tend to be walk-by noise, littering, and house parties. Paul has done much to curtail house parties within her ward, which includes receiving a police incident log every Monday compiling all the noise violations within the neighborhood. Every week she calls landlords to inform them of their tenants’ noise violations. “They’ll tell me, ‘Thank you for calling, I will call my tenants and take care of it,’” and so far, this solution has worked fairly well. Many neighbors, including those who were very vocal about issues, have reported that the issues have been decreasing since last spring.

The more challenging problem to be resolved is the “walk-by” noise as students head home from downtown late nights. “If somebody at three o’clock in the morning is yelling at the top of their lungs… by the time the police get there, they’re long gone,” she comments. Paul understands part of college life is having a good time downtown and staying out late. “Most college students are extremely kind, respectful, very good people. But just like all human beings, when they have been drinking, they become other people.”

Weather seems to play a role in student behavior as well. “Are you inclined to walk downtown when it’s raining and 40 degrees? Or are you inclined to walk down when it’s 75 degrees and beautiful out?” muses Paul. “You want to be outside-- everybody does!” People are less likely to stay inside when the weather is great, leading to more walking and outdoor noise. Neighbors are also likely to keep their windows open, compounding the issue.

Is there a solution?

Paul believes building more downtown housing for students would help solve the problem. Other solutions that have been less successful include buses running at different times and locations, and putting up neighborhood signs.

In September, Paul participated in the “Have a Heart” campaign, an annual event designed to increase student awareness of neighborly behavior by handing out chocolate with a postcard attached, written by neighborhood children, reminding students that families live in the neighborhood. “Most students will say ‘we know, thanks,’ or ‘we’ll take the chocolate,’” she laughs.
There have been other initiatives taken. The first is funding to the Burlington Police Dept. to have more officers doing shifts in these neighborhoods. Another is Res. Life, Off Campus Life, IRA and SGA sending messages to students about the impact of late-night noise on neighbors.

Despite the frustrations, Paul still believes neighborhood-based solutions like these are working. “It may not seem obvious, but they are making a difference. That’s how you build community--a little at a time.”

Sweet Deal!

February ‘14 is filled with SWEET deals and foods you LOVE. Enjoy a week-long campus celebration of Vermont cheeses as part of Cheesefest; February 17. Then experience authentic Slovenian cuisine as UVM hosts a Global Chef from Slovenia February 20-21 (click here for more info). Plus, enjoy all your campus favorites: Bagels at Alice’s Café, Falafels from The Marketplace, a cup of coffee from Cyber Café, brunch at Cook Commons, FÖD at Redstone, smoothies at Marché, pizza at Harris Mills…and more!

Adding meal points to your card offers you the convenience and deliciousness of campus dining with great savings! Call us today at 802.656.2945 to learn more!

Want to stay in the loop? Text 82257, keyword DININGDEAL to get deals exclusive offers only available to off-campus and commuter students! It only takes a second; then you can get back to hitting the books!

These offers are exclusive to off-campus and commuter students. For more information, contact Dining Services at (802) 656-2945 or visit their website.
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Localvore Doughnut?

Extreme cold weather sometimes triggers the need for some comfort food. But when you are into localvore foods, what do you do when you crave a doughnut?

In this video, WCAX highlights a local company with a passion for making doughnuts from scratch and with local ingredients. Check out the segment on WCAX.

Or if you are more DIY, check out this website and make your own.

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CarShare Vermont

Need a car? CarShare Vermont can get you to all of the good stuff happening off campus. Late night grocery runs to City Market, weekend road trips to Montreal, shows at Higher Ground, hiking, skiing, fun Vermont-y adventures, you name it! We’ve got cars parked on campus and all over town for you to use whenever you need to drive. Just reserve one online or by phone 24/7, get in using your own key, and go anywhere in the U.S. and Canada!

And, if you’re a full-time student who’s at least 18 you’re eligible for a FREE annual membership – that’s a $150 value! Just pay a one-time application fee and our lowest driving rates (even gas and insurance are on us).

Apply now at
Email or
call (802) 861-2340 to learn more.

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Whether you have a specific issue, want to make some tea before class, or are just curious about what we're up to - please stop by Pearl House and let us help make your off-campus experience successful, positive, and empowering.

We are located at 12 Colchester Avenue - next to John Dewey Hall and in front of the Outing Club.

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