University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

January 2014
Welcome Back!

In This Issue
Winter Dangers
R.A.D. Training
Free Flynn Tix
Don't Get Towed
Vermont's 211
Dress for Subzero
All Natural Skincare
Flu Shots
Sodexo Deals
Body Project
Disrupt Stereotypes
Cookie Love
Support Local Food
Submit Your Story
Contact Us

Winter Dangers

During extreme cold weather and Winter storms it is vitally important to make sure you keep yoruself and your dwelling safe. Whether it is ensuring you have carbon monoxide deterctos installed and working, making sure your pipes don't freeze, or you have a working flashlight with fresh batteries in case the power goes out - there is plenty to think about safety-wise this time of year. Luckily Vermont's Emergency Managment Agency has a great list to make sure you stay safe and warm this Winter. The greats news is that a lot o these things are your landlord's responsibility - to find out more visit Vermont Tenants website.

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R.A.D. Training

Rape Aggression Defense, a self-defense course, is being offered through UVM Police Services for all UVM women. It is a 12-hour course designed to empower women, teach valuable defense skills, physical confrontation skills, and how to take control for yourself.

For more information, visit the UVM Police Services website.

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Vermont 2-1-1

Fletcher Free Library
Jan 30, 2014
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Are you looking for a new way to help others in the new year? Come to a Volunteer Networking Event to learn more about how to get involved with Vermont 2-1-1, a statewide health and human service helpline. Join us to talk to current 2-1-1 volunteers about their experiences. Refreshments will be available, generously provided by City Market. RSVP to Connie Beal or call 802-861-0146 x202. Hope to see you there!

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Trouble Staying Warm?

With temperatures in the area dropping as low as -15F at the beginning of January, it is essential that we dress appropriately for the weather. This might be a time when function might overrule fashion (though not necessarily). In this great video from REI, you will learn the basics of dressing for VT weather.

Incidentally, if you are a weather geek you can find historic trends, record lows, and other neat meterological data on the National Weather Services' Forecast website.

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Celebrate MLK!
In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, there is also a collection of events honoring MLK and leading up to Black History Month. Check out this listing of events in January on campus and these off campus.
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Welcome Back!
Is the January thaw and ice storms bringing you down? Need a pick me up? Stop by your favorite on-campus dining location for a friendly smile, and grab a quick and nutritious meal, along with a hot beverage!

Did you know you can ADD points to your UVM ID? It’s true, contact Dining Services at 656.2945 and start saving today.

Want to stay in the loop? Text 82257, keyword DININGDEAL
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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The Body Project
This four-week workshop helps participants identify ways to think and act healthier leading to:
  • Improved mood
  • Improved body satisfaction
  • Decreased emotional eating
Interested? Email Annie Cressey for more info.
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Want to attend the NOFA-VT Winter Conference for free?

We're offering scholarships to 20 UVM students to attend one day of the NOFA-VT Winter Conference at UVM February 15 and 16.

Apply now! Deadline: Friday, January 24 at 11:59 pm.

The scholarships are funded by the UVM Food Systems Initiative and Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
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Contact Us

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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Submit My Story

Interested in sharing your voice in the newsletter? Submit anything from a suggestion for a story to a finished piece - we want to hear from you!

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January 2014

Welcome Back!

Starting the Year Off Right

We hope you had a relaxing, rejuvenating and re-energizing break. With a new semester (and year) many people are trying to "turn over a new leaf". This issue has information to help you feel safe, confident, healthy, and energized. Read more to avoid costly mistakes (like getting towed) and get tons of FREE offers!

Amanda, Gail, John

PS - If you are looking for a workstudy job we have some available and if you don't have workstudy but are interested in babysitting check out our Babysitter Mingler on February 9.

Win 2 Flynn Tix

Meshell Ndegeocello @ the Flynn

Meshell Ndegeocello's tribute to Nina Simone is a critically acclaimed show that will make the perfect night out. We are offering 3 pairs of tickets to three randomly selected people who complete this 9 question survey - it literally takes seconds to enter [Survey entries accepted until 01.27.14]. Click here to take the survey

Tip of the Month

Don't Get Towed this Winter!

Photo of a toy truck towing a car.There is a warning system of yellow lights mounted to utility poles throughout the city. When these lights are activated all vehicles need to be off the streets from 10 pm to 7 am or they will be towed and fined.

There are 3 ways to find out about parking bans in Burlington, VT:

1. Subscribe to Nixle for info/updates to be sent to your cell phone or e-mail (Nixle group is: Burlington, VT Police Department)

2. Subscribe to the Burlington Parking Ban Yahoo group for info/updates to be sent to your cell phone or e-mail

3. Call (802) 658-SNOW (7669)

NOTE: Residents can park in any city-owned parking garage from 10 pm to 7 am free of charge during a parking ban.

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                                                           "Made In

All Natural
Skin Care!

Winter weather always wreaks havoc with our skin. Whether is the constant itchiness from dry indoor air or the arctic blast of a polar vortex - our skin battles to keep from looking and feeling reptilian.

In this video, WCAX highlights a local company with all-natural, eco-friendly and humane products. Owner Akshata Nayak uses her knowledge of biochemistry to whip up her products. Check out the segment on WCAX.

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

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Graphic of someone playing a guitar on a
                                                           compost heap
                                                           with the words

Want to Compost at Home?

UVM takes care of your composting while you live on campus but what happens when you move off campus? Too often people believe that composting at home is too difficult, stinky, or time-consuming. Don't let these myths stand in the way of your lowering your carbon footprint, living sustainably, and just feeling better about what you do with your food waste - which is really a resource when you compost! Tight schedule? Don't worry High Fields Composting is hosting a series of webinars to get you started. Check out the schedule and register for the webinar that's right for you!

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Welcome back! Do you still need a Flu Shot? We've got you covered! Stop by Student Health Services at these times to get your shot.

These times do not require an appointment, but you can also always get a flu shot from Student Health by calling and making an appointment. Take good care of yourself this semester!

Disrupting Cultural Stereotypes: An Interview with Professor Luis Vivanco

By Morgan Whitehouse & Molly Stackhouse
Part of the GeoStories Project

According to the US Census Bureau, Burlington is home to over 16,700 households. The city is also home to one university and two colleges, totaling over 15,000 students. It’s a delicate balance between students, professionals and families.

Needless to say, there is tension between students enjoying their college lifestyle and residents trying to live peacefully with their families. We’ve all heard the stereotypes that adults tend to believe of college students: they party 24/7, they skip class all the time. We’ve also heard the stereotypes that students believe about their neighbors: they all hate kids, they don’t have any fun.

Burlington resident and UVM Anthropology professor Luis Vivanco shines a new light on

the stereotypes that exist between students and their neighbors.

Vivanco lives on Brookes Avenue with his wife and three children.  They experience frustrations with walk-by noise, disrespect of their property and general defiance.  However, even after an experience that would send most people into a long-term fury, Vivanco refuses to stereotype all students.

Vivanco recently confronted a house full of boys who were “totally drunk and making a whole lot of noise.”  Upon approaching the boys and asking them to keep it down (this was not the first time this talk had occurred), the boys became belligerent, shouting “who are you to talk?” and even “you look like a pedophile.”

As awful as the incident was, it was rare.  “This is once in 12 years – I see this as an exception,” Vivanco said.  “A lot of people don’t, and this is where the stereotyping happens.  Because of this one event, everyone is condemned.”

The Danger of Anonymity

Anonymity, Vivanco thinks, is the main reason students are looked down on by so many of their neighbors.  Students are often anonymous and unaccountable, he explains, which makes it easy for their neighbors to generalize and stereotype them. 

“Students don’t necessarily feel tightly connected to their neighbors.  You don’t think there are real people there or that you have any obligations,” Vivanco said.  “It’s a deeper cultural dynamic that we need to disrupt.”

Vivanco rattled off a few stereotypes of college students that he had heard before.  Privileged, entitled, disrespectful, and unappreciative were among his list.  He doesn’t believe any of these to be true, because he has also seen cases where students present quite the opposite.

As a professor, Vivanco interacts with students everyday, both on and off campus.  “I’ve definitely experienced defiance, disrespect, for myself and my property,” he said.  “But I’ve also experienced incredible generosity and connections.”  So while there are the students who walk loudly and carelessly by his family at 3:00 a.m., there are also the ones that come for dinner and babysit his children. 

Connections are Key

Part of the problem, Vivanco said, is “residents stereotype other residents – often we want to retreat instead of engage.”  The process is both continuing and difficult to change.  “We’re now at the point where we’re starting to deal with some deeper and newer issues.”

He sees part of the problem as the community that students identify with.  As a university with a high percentage of out of state students, many are here for their four years and then they are gone.  Students move into dorms as freshman, then into houses or apartments, often unaware of their impact on the downtown setting, or the real people and families behind closed doors.  It’s easy to be anonymous and not accountable.

To improve student and community relations, Vivanco thinks the cultural dynamic needs to shift.  While residents may believe the problems come from students, the solution will take effort from the residents themselves.  Neighbors that have experienced negative situations like Vivanco did often can’t look past them, and continue to create a divide between themselves and students.

Engaging with one another, communicating issues, and increased student involvement within the community can all help in ending the divide, Vivanco believes.  The problems can’t be solved overnight, but both communities can take steps to improve the relationships within their neighborhoods, allowing different lifestyles to peacefully coexist. 

“Being proactive and reaching out generally works.” 

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Cookie Love Squared

Did you catch the Free Cookies in Bailey/Howe during the first reading day? If you did you might find yourself in this album (make sure to tag yourself). If you didn't you can look forward to another cookie event at the end of the Spring (that is, if you study in the library).

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Fresh, delicious, Vermont-grown food delivered weekly to campus!

The Intervale Food Hub is a local foods market that offers 13-week Spring Semester and Fall Semester subscriptions, delivered weekly to the UVM Davis Center. Choose from high-quality veggies, eggs, bread, cheese, meat, and more. Plus, members can add over 25 a la carte items.

Each week, we send a newsletter including recipes and cooking tips to help make meal planning a breeze. We believe that good food supports Vermont farmers, keeps our air, land, and water clean, and builds strong communities. Join the community food revolution!

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