What Does The VSG President Do?

What Does The VSG President Do?

Many Vanderbilt students have thought in passing, “What does the VSG President even do? Why does it matter who we elect?” Few people outside of Vanderbilt Student Government know details of the organization and its true purpose on Vanderbilt’s campus.   Ariana Fowler is a senior from the suburbs of...

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Slide Show: Vanderbilt Students Join in Protest

Slide Show: Vanderbilt Students Join in Protest

Today, hundreds came together outside the offices of Sens. Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R) to protest the immigration ban issued by President Trump. Speakers including Mayor Megan Barry (D), Vice Mayor David Briley (D) and State Senator Jeff Yarbro (D) used the back of a pickup truck as...

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Absence of Economic Diversity at Vanderbilt

Absence of Economic Diversity at Vanderbilt

VPR’s Bailey Bowden and Kyle Weil also contributed to this article. In recent years, Vanderbilt University has made diversity and inclusion a priority for the institution as it focuses on cultural competence on campus. While messages of racial and cultural diversity have gained public attention, advancements in the arena of...

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VSG Senate Recommends Vanderbilt Become a Sanctuary Campus

VSG Senate Recommends Vanderbilt Become a Sanctuary Campus

On Wednesday, November 30th, the Vanderbilt Student Government Senate voted overwhelmingly to recommend that Vanderbilt become a sanctuary campus. The resolution is a reaction to fears that many students, especially those who are undocumented or of Muslim faith, have about President-Elect Donald Trump, who has advocated for mass deportations and a...

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Raza: It is Vanderbilt, not the Sanctuary Campus protesters, that must change

Raza: It is Vanderbilt, not the Sanctuary Campus protesters, that must change

Yesterday, Joshua Mendelson wrote a piece in Vanderbilt Political Review in which he condemned the behavior of Vanderbilt protesters and demanded that we apologize to Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos. To begin, Mendelson’s criticism delves into the age-old rabbit hole of respectability politics. Respectability politics is premised on the notion that minority groups need...

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Mendelson: the Sanctuary Campus protesters owe Chancellor Zeppos an apology

Mendelson: the Sanctuary Campus protesters owe Chancellor Zeppos an apology

While many rejoiced at the anticipated shakeup that a Trump presidency would bring, a large portion of America perceived his win as both a threat to American democracy and to personal security. Many, particularly college students, were spurred to action. Though Vanderbilt’s campus is sometimes thought of as politically passive,...

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US Elections: the Political Science Department’s Most Popular Class

US Elections: the Political Science Department’s Most Popular Class

By John Konicki, Izzy Ercan, and Mary Snover This fall, Vanderbilt’s Political Science Department once again offered its U.S. Elections class, taught by Professors John Geer, Bruce Oppenheimer, Josh Clinton, and Jon Meacham.  Offered only during the fall of a presidential election year, it is the department’s largest and most...

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Westboro Baptist Dwarfed by Vanderbilt Counter-Protest

Westboro Baptist Dwarfed by Vanderbilt Counter-Protest

Last Monday morning, students from Vanderbilt and the University School of Nashville gathered together counter-protest the controversial Westboro Baptist Church’s presence on campus. Best known for its speech against the LGBTQ+ community, and commonly considered a hate group, the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) often pickets places and events its members...

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Social Conservatism at Vanderbilt: A Vocal Minority

Social Conservatism at Vanderbilt: A Vocal Minority

By Abigail Fournier, Ben Lackner, and Shiva Sachdeva For many, the mental image of a social conservative in the United States is that of an old, Republican, white male. Although perhaps a generalization, it is nonetheless appropriate to associate social conservatism, an ideology that supports traditional marriage, pro-life values, and...

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The Legacy of Slavery At Vanderbilt

The Legacy of Slavery At Vanderbilt

This article was written in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Historical Review. By Avi Mediratta and Sydney Bub In 1933, the United Daughters of the Confederacy donated $50,000 to construct Confederate Memorial Hall on land that would eventually become part of Vanderbilt University. In 2002, Vanderbilt attempted to remove the word “Confederate” from...

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