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Government Documents closing for summer of 2016

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016


The Government Information area will be closed for construction for the entire summer. Materials will be temporarily stored off-site. Patrons needing to use government publications over the summer should contact Government Information personnel (govdocs@uvm.edu, 656-2542) before the end of the semester.

If needs for government publications arise, we will do our best to obtain the materials. Staff will be available throughout the summer.

She’s All That

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

She’s All That
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She’s All That might not be the best teen romantic comedy out there. It might not even be the best one released in 1999 (especially compared to the likes of the crowd-pleaser 10 Things I Hate About You). But of all the films about social transformation and prom queens and 25-year-olds playing 17-year-olds, She’s All That is certainly the one nearest and dearest to my heart. Starring Rachel Leigh Cook, who has sadly since been relegated to Video-on-Demand releases ever since the disastrous release of the criminally underrated Josie and the Pussycats, and Freddie Prinze Jr., whose last theatrical release set the record for lowest grossing film of all time, She’s All That seemed to have unwittingly set a lingering curse on the careers of its cast and crew. Did I mention that this film was written by M. Night Shyamalan?
In the second paragraph I would normally explain the premise of the film, but will I have to? This film’s take on stage classic Pygmalion has been digested, recycled, and spoofed in so many other films that it has almost become a genre unto itself. After pretty boy Zack (Prinze) gets dumped for an MTV star (wow, it really does feel like 1999!) he accepts a bet from his friend (the late Paul Walker) that he can turn *any* girl at their school into the next prom queen. That girl winds up being none other than Laney (Cook), whose sins against high school popularity seem to be little more than nerdy trivialities like wearing glasses or enjoying art. You can easily surmise the rest of the film: They get close, she finds out his deception and rejects him, but they manage to reunite at the big dance- and everything hinges around Hart’s Cinderella-like transformation.
It’s pretty amusing to consider the gravity the film awards to Laney’s make-over sequence. The camera draws up her body as she descends the stairs, like debutante at a ball. Freddie Prinze Jr. is flabbergasted. She took her glasses off! She’s wearing a tight red dress! She wears make-up now, though the actress was clearly doing so already! Honestly, it’s a pretty patriarchal notion to think that a slight change of attire can redefine a woman’s entire image, but that hasn’t prevented the same trope from being repeated every year by newer teen movies- such as last year’s The DUFF. I believe (more like hope, really) that the “ugly duckling transformation” is supposed to be subversive indictment of the cluelessness of the male leads, with true happiness only being reached once they realize that, you know, inner verve is what’s important. Regardless, the cast is positively magnetic, and their on-screen presence is a welcome one. She’s All That is a perfect watch anytime you want to bathe in brightly colored nineties melodrama, and I would never bet against that.

Persistent Link

The University Archives

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Maya Angelou (center) and other honorary degree recipients at UVM’s 1985 commencement. Governor Madeline Kunin and President Lattie Coor are on the right. Photo from the University Archives.

A UVM alumnus, class of 1985, recently inquired about the speech that writer and poet Maya Angelou delivered at convocation that year. We found the text of the speech, and a wonderful photograph of Angelou and other honorary degree recipients, in former President Lattie Coor’s papers in the University Archives. Over 200 years of UVM’s history are documented in the Archives, available to anyone seeking information about the university.

What is the University Archives?
The University Archives is a collection of official records (e. g., Board of Trustees meeting minutes) and information about the University of Vermont. Note: Most printed UVM publications (e.g., the Vermont Quarterly) are retained as part of the Vermont Research Collection, not the Archives.

Who is the University Archivist?
Chris Burns.

Who handles questions about the UVM Archives?
Staff at the reference desk in Special Collections. By phone, 656-2138; by email, uvmsc@uvm.edu.
Staff may refer patrons to archivist Chris Burns in some cases.

Are there records for UVM Archives materials in the library catalog?
At this time, mostly no, so patrons should contact the Special Collections reference desk. One exception is print theses and dissertations.

Are there any other inventories of UVM Archives collections?
Yes. A few collections have finding aids. Patrons can view them at  http://cdi.uvm.edu/findingaids/. More finding aids will be released soon, and eventually each collection will have a record in the library catalog.

Where is the University Archives?
The University Archives is not a publicly accessible location. Material is stored in the Library Research Annex (LRA) and in the Special Collections closed stacks.

How do patrons access UVM Archives material?
For theses and dissertations, look in the library catalog, request from the LRA, and use the item in Special Collections. For other items, contact a Special Collections librarian. When requested, materials will be transferred from the LRA for patron use in Special Collections.

What Archives collections are frequently used?
The building information reference files and building (and campus) photograph collection—both stored in the Special Collections closed stacks—are consulted often. And researchers come from distant places to use the Raul Hilberg papers.

More questions? Email them to uvmsc@uvm.edu.


Commons Hall, 1929. The dining hall, also known as the Hash House, stood where the Fleming Museum is located now. Photo from the University Archives.

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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