SPOTLIGHT: Ben Lackner

SPOTLIGHT: Ben Lackner

As a rising sophomore in Vanderbilt’s Political Review, Ben Lackner has outpaced even his own expectations while working as an intern for Buffalo’s mayor, Byron Brown. As Brown seeks his fourth term as the city’s first African-American mayor, Lackner is responsible for the re-election campaign’s social media presence—a growing role...

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SPOTLIGHT: VPR’s Alejandro Monzon

SPOTLIGHT: VPR’s Alejandro Monzon

Alejandro Monzon is a Sophomore interning in Chicago, Illinois at both Senator Dick Durbin’s office and Citizens for Rauner, Inc. Alejandro is a writer and senior editor for VPR, a member of a the Undergraduate Political Science Association, and a writer for The Hustler. He is majoring in public policy...

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Vanderbilt College Democrats Statement on The American Health Care Act

Vanderbilt College Democrats Statement on The American Health Care Act

The following is a statement from the Vanderbilt College Democrats, provided to VPR by VCD’s core members. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the organization. Despite being named The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican Party’s latest attempt to repeal and replace President Obama’s popular Affordable Care Act...

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Matt Colleran: Conservative Crusader

Matt Colleran: Conservative Crusader

Disclaimer:  Matt Colleran’s opinions are his own and he does not speak on behalf of any organizations he is a part of. Those who follow the dramatic happenings of Dank New Rand Memes will recognize Matt Colleran, who was recently thrown out of the group. The incident occurred on the...

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Vanderbilt Students Launch Week-Long Fast in Protest of Wendy’s

Vanderbilt Students Launch Week-Long Fast in Protest of Wendy’s

A group of Vanderbilt students are fasting this week as part of a nation-wide protest against fast food chain Wendy’s over alleged worker’s rights violations. The students, totaling twelve in all, started fasting on April 18th and plan to continue fasting until April 25th. The fast will culminate in a...

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IMPACT Symposium: What We Can Learn From Van Jones

IMPACT Symposium: What We Can Learn From Van Jones

Starting in 1964, Vanderbilt’s IMPACT symposium has hosted a wide variety of speakers known for having intellectually stimulating and, often, controversial views. From Margaret Thatcher to Martin Luther King Jr., IMPACT speakers offer their thoughts on contemporary issues, and the 2017 opening night speaker, Van Jones, did not balk at...

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Campus Dining to Bring Back Regular Cups Following “Student Dissatisfaction”

Campus Dining to Bring Back Regular Cups Following “Student Dissatisfaction”

Starting on April 3rd, Vanderbilt Campus Dining has stated in an official press release that they will be changing the size of Rand’s disposable cups, replacing the recently added small sized cups with regular cups. VPR expects that the Chancellor’s office will send another vaguely worded, convoluted, controversy-dodging email on...

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More than Just a Meme: How a Picture Sparked a Discussion on Cultural Appropriation and Greek Life at Vanderbilt

More than Just a Meme: How a Picture Sparked a Discussion on Cultural Appropriation and Greek Life at Vanderbilt

On Wednesday, a meme posted to a prominent Vanderbilt Facebook group sparked a passionate debate about cultural appropriation. The group, titled “dank new rand memes,” is familiar to many Vanderbilt students. It is usually a place of levity, where students make jokes at the expense of campus issues and characters....

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Organization Spotlight: Tongue N’ Cheek

Organization Spotlight: Tongue N’ Cheek

“This election season? Unique? Maybe if you consider that a wad of racist, crusty nacho cheese was elected president.” Carsen Smith of Vanderbilt’s Tongue N’ Cheek, Nashville’s funniest improv group (as rated by themselves), was in no mood to mince words about how the past year made their jobs as...

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Robert Schutt: Student, Politician

Robert Schutt: Student, Politician

You’re 21 years old. You’ve spent your adult life watching career politicians run unopposed in your county, election after election. You’ve seen voter turnout and civic engagement in your city languish. You’re sick of seeing the same men rewarded with political office over and over again, even in the wake...

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