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The Best of UVM
An utterly invalid survey
The opinions expressed in this magazine article are those of the Vermont Quarterly editorial staff, and, where identified, specific individuals interviewed for this story. They do not represent the opinions of the University of Vermont as a whole, its Board of Trustees, its alumni, current students, or dogs napping on The Green. In short, if you disagree, send us a letter. We’d love to hear your opinions on other elements that made your years on this campus among the best and most memorable of your life.
Best campus sunset view
Williams Hall was the first fireproof college building in America. A little ironic then, isn’t it, that this building’s firescapes have long provided UVM students with great views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and the setting sun.
Best room with a view
Top floor Mason Hall.
Best icicles
Royall Tyler Theatre.
Best dorm room decorations, circa 1989
“Tapestries, empty beer can collections, lofts, posters of Bruce, The Dead, milk crates.”
— Kate Barker Swindell ’89
Best wall
Climbing Wall in the new recreation center.When Outing Club types find themselves ready to climb the walls, that’s just what they do.
Best cheap meal, circa 1954
“Bove’s.”
Editor’s Note: Bove’s is still going strong on Pearl Steet. Same food, same decor, same long lines.
— Kathy Wendling ’54
Best residence hall
SAFE House at Redstone. Students at SAFE sign a pledge to live an alcohol and substance abuse-free lifestyle. Beyond the rewards of clean living, SAFE residents get to live in a lumber baron’s manse, arguably one of the coolest buildings on campus.
Best Fieldtrip
Regional Geology 172, in which students have traveled to locations such as Colorado, Washington, and Newfoundland to study the lessons at hand and underfoot.
Best kept secret on campus
Ice skating at noon at Gutterson, Runner up: Hidden Bean Coffehouse at Wright Hall.
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