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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An Elephant, A Donkey, and Everybody Else Walk Into A Bar

An Elephant, A Donkey, and Everybody Else Walk Into A Bar

It seems that our country has never been as politically divided as it is right now. Politics have never been so partisan, and the rivalry between our two major parties has never been so bitter. At a school as ideologically diverse and politically active as Vanderbilt, one might think that...

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The Student Who Marched into Kirkland Hall and Changed Vanderbilt

The Student Who Marched into Kirkland Hall and Changed Vanderbilt

You’d be hard pressed to find a current student who has done more to change Vanderbilt than senior Akaninyene Ruffin. Last year, Akaninyene and the Hidden Dores, a student group aiming to increase awareness of minority issues on campus, felt the administration wasn’t listening to their concerns. Or, if they...

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“Art of the Possible” — A Class Discussion with John Boehner

“Art of the Possible” — A Class Discussion with John Boehner

While Mr. Boehner came to Vanderbilt to participate in IMPACT and discuss the American Dream, he agreed to meet with a small group of students for questions. Professor Oppenheimer’s Legislative Process class and Professor Greer and Professor Meacham’s Politicians seminar met yesterday, March 23rd, to have a short discussion with...

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How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable: John Boehner Speaks at Vanderbilt University

How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable: John Boehner Speaks at Vanderbilt University

By Abigail Fournier and Charlotte Mellgard On Wednesday, March 23rd, John Boehner, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, spoke at Vanderbilt University in Langford Auditorium. Boehner spoke as part of the 2016 Impact Symposium, focused around the question: “The Struggle for Success: Is America Dreaming?”, organized by the...

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