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Protesters pack UVM trustees meeting

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Crowds of protesters greeted trustees at the University of Vermont Wednesday afternoon.

Students packed the Memorial Lounge with signs and banners urging President Sullivan and trustees to get rid of university investments in fossil fuels. They argued that UVM has an opportunity to lead nationally when it comes to promoting alternative energy and a clean environment.

The group shared audience space with part-time faculty who were on hand urging the school to improve their health benefits and help with retirement funds.

"We love working with the students here, we just need some of the basic protections we believe professionals deserve," said David Shiman of United Academics.

"We just want them to know that students are serious about fighting climate change and upholding our future, a brighter future and we think that colleges are probably the best platform out there we have for cultural transference," said Dan Cmejla, a student at UVM.

School administrators have signaled they will consider the investment changes.

As for the part-time faculty, they are in the process of negotiating a new contract. Plans are in the works to begin using a mediator after Thanksgiving.

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