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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Vanderbilt Students Tackle the Lack of Computer Science Education

Vanderbilt Students Tackle the Lack of Computer Science Education

This is the first edition of VPR’s Organization Spotlight, which will feature a new campus organization each week.  While many undergraduates face the dilemma of finding employment after graduation, computer science is currently the fastest-growing field in the country as there will be over “a million unfulfilled CS jobs” by...

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The Case of the Disappearing Emails: Vanderbilt University’s Access and Interference

The Case of the Disappearing Emails: Vanderbilt University’s Access and Interference

Catherine Kvam also contributed to this article. Last semester, Vanderbilt’s Psychological & Counseling Center (PCC) sent out a mass email to various students who had visited the center, only to have it disappear shortly after. While emails to listservs and wide groups of students are routine, a major issue arose...

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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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