TOM: Vanderbilt, Students Helping Those with Disabilities

TOM: Vanderbilt, Students Helping Those with Disabilities

This past weekend, January 19th to the 21st, Vanderbilt hosted its first annual TOM makeathon on the second floor of the Wondry. TOM Global is a non-profit based in Tel Aviv that hosts 72-hour makeathons across the globe. The TOM makeathon is an event where teams of engineers (known as...

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OPINION: Vanderbilt Sorority Rush, An Inherently Flawed System

OPINION: Vanderbilt Sorority Rush, An Inherently Flawed System

Many students at Vanderbilt are drawn to the process of rush with the promise of finding their “forever sisters,” but when the first round cuts come in, many girls are left disappointed and disillusioned. In fact, it’s not unusual to see several girls crying after cuts. With around 50% of...

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Looking Back at Vanderbilt’s Martin Luther King Day

Looking Back at Vanderbilt’s Martin Luther King Day

  Sydney Silberman contributed to this article.  On Monday, Vanderbilt students enjoyed a day off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Students were encouraged to contemplate Dr. King’s legacy through a parade and various discussions hosted all across campus. One of the discussions featured the controversial issue of freedom...

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Pain, Hope, And A Touch Of Kosher Salt: The Story Of Aryeh’s Kitchen

Pain, Hope, And A Touch Of Kosher Salt: The Story Of Aryeh’s Kitchen

There’s something about Aryeh’s kitchen that begs a closer look. It might be the food truck’s vintage trailer, the Israeli hip hop playing outside on a portable speaker, or the Chabad rabbi serving food to students with a smile. Those who do take a second look won’t be disappointed. The...

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Tobacco’s New Frontier: The Rise of E-Cigarettes on College Campuses

Tobacco’s New Frontier: The Rise of E-Cigarettes on College Campuses

Last year, the mumps. This year, the JUUL. Vanderbilt’s latest epidemic is not a viral infection, but a slim rectangular box resembling a USB drive. Throughout campus, from Central Library to Greek houses, students can be seen smoking through JUUL e-cigarette devices. Designed in 2015 by Stanford graduate students James...

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Vanderbilt Tuition Hikes Higher Than Ever

Vanderbilt Tuition Hikes Higher Than Ever

*Students who granted VPR information on their tuition and fees asked to remain anonymous. The gender of pseudonyms used throughout the article has no bearing on the actual genders and identities of the article’s sources. Vanderbilt tuition increased this academic year, just as it has in years past. One senior’s...

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Silence Speaks Volumes: Corruption Within the Vanderbilt EAD

Silence Speaks Volumes: Corruption Within the Vanderbilt EAD

This is the third installment of VPR’s investigation into how Vanderbilt’s handles power-based and intimate partner violence (See A Student’s Account for Part One. See An Overview of Vanderbilt’s Resource for Part Two). In this segment, VPR contributor Sydney Silberman assesses students’ negative experiences with EAD investigators – specifically regarding insensitivity and...

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Need-Blind Admissions Advantages Wealthy Applicants

Need-Blind Admissions Advantages Wealthy Applicants

Elite universities have increasingly adopted need-blind admissions, which is the practice of disregarding economic factors when looking at prospective applicants. This policy is often touted on brochures and websites as an indicator of the admissions process being inclusive and meritocratic. On its face it seems like a progressive program; prospective...

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Vanderbilt Narrowly Misses Massive Financial Hit from G.O.P. Tax Plan

Vanderbilt Narrowly Misses Massive Financial Hit from G.O.P. Tax Plan

For the last two months as the Republican-controlled Congress worked on tax reform, many showed alarm at the number of proposals that affected higher education. Among these reforms were a tax of large university endowments, a repeal of student loan interest deductions, a raising of the deduction for charitable giving,...

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Navigating the Crossroads of Science and Religion with Astronomy Professor David Weintraub

Navigating the Crossroads of Science and Religion with Astronomy Professor David Weintraub

VPR contributor Izzy Ercan recently sat down with Professor David Weintraub of the Astronomy Department about his new book, Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go. The book will be published early next year, and it deals not with the technological difficulties of exploring for life on Mars,...

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