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UVM students rally against fossil fuels investments

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

University of Vermont students are continuing to rally against fossil fuels.

More than 100 undergrads gathered outside the library Wednesday afternoon, urging university leaders to drop investments in oil and coal.

Students covered their hands in black paint and chanted to bring attention to their cause.

Organizers say they're making progress and administrators say they're open to listening.

"We've had an incredibly supportive response from the university so far. We just think it is important to keep pressure up, social movements die when you get distracted by exams or the economy," said Dan Cmejla of UVM Student Climate Culture.

"It's a fairly complex process. It is not as if we just own stocks and you could just pull them back. But we are serious in terms of trying to work with students and see what they have to say, consider it and make a recommendation," said Richard Cate, the vice president for finance and administration at UVM.

Cate says students will share their recommendations with the university's Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Committee in early 2013. From there, a recommendation could go to his office and then university trustees.

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