VSG Senate Recommends Vanderbilt Divest from Private Prisons

VSG Senate Recommends Vanderbilt Divest from Private Prisons

On Wednesday evening, the VSG Senate voted on a bill that recommends the administration divest from funding private prisons. The vote came at long last after the bill was tabled at the Senate meeting two weeks ago. The bill contained many facts about racial discrimination in American mass incarceration, and...

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Grappling With Trump’s Travel Ban, Here and Elsewhere

Grappling With Trump’s Travel Ban, Here and Elsewhere

Jordan Grapentine and Alejandro Monzon contributed to this article. The executive order passed on January 27th instituted a travel freeze for the Middle Eastern countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, halting all incoming travel to the United States for 90 days. It also suspended the U.S....

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And The World Will Know: Vanderbilt Adjunct Faculty Attempt to Unionize

And The World Will Know: Vanderbilt Adjunct Faculty Attempt to Unionize

“We, the undersigned, have pledged to build a better Vanderbilt.  We have pledged to build a union.” Nearly 100 Vanderbilt University contracted professors, also called adjunct or not tenure-track professors, have organized to begin the process of forming a union. They have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold...

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Running a University in the Age of Trump

Running a University in the Age of Trump

The decisions a chancellor has to make were never the easy ones. As Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos told me, “if everyone agreed, the decisions wouldn’t get to me.” Nevertheless, I wondered if the election of Donald Trump had changed things. The Chancellor must now cope with events he couldn’t have foreseen:...

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Vanderbilt Greek Life’s Money Problem

Vanderbilt Greek Life’s Money Problem

A recent New York Times article cast doubt over higher education’s promise of opportunity and social mobility, putting Vanderbilt’s own inequity front and center.  The article cited research from “The Equality of Opportunity Project” which found that Vanderbilt was one of 38 schools that had more students from the top...

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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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