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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Your Flulapalooza Shot Will Protect You This Season — Even If It Doesn’t Work

Your Flulapalooza Shot Will Protect You This Season — Even If It Doesn’t Work

Each fall, thousands of Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty wait in a line that snakes around the Medical Center and Langford Auditorium for a free seasonal flu shot. The controlled chaos that is Flulapalooza is actually one of the university’s proudest achievements; what started as a practice run for a...

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Political Anomaly Governor Charlie Baker Reveals the Utility of Deserting Partisan Polarization

Political Anomaly Governor Charlie Baker Reveals the Utility of Deserting Partisan Polarization

It is no surprise that politics has become increasingly polarized in recent years. Ideological beliefs continue to grow further and further apart between the parties, manifested by the major increases in Congressional filibusters and the emergence of a partisan media continually blaming those of the opposite party. In addition, split...

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In Defense of Those Kneeling at Vanderbilt

In Defense of Those Kneeling at Vanderbilt

In August of 2016, Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers at the time, sat on the bench while the national anthem played for a preseason game. In a statement to the NFL he explained his decision, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in...

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Why Isn’t Nashville a Sanctuary City?

Why Isn’t Nashville a Sanctuary City?

Unlike many other big cities like New York City and Dallas, Nashville isn’t a sanctuary city—a place that limits its cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents to promote trust and cooperation between unauthorized immigrants and local authorities. The existence of sanctuary cities has been an extremely contentious issue, with President...

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Vandy First Years & Their Quest for the Fake: Purchasing Fake IDs

Vandy First Years & Their Quest for the Fake: Purchasing Fake IDs

Note: All students who currently have or will obtain a fake identification (ID) in the article spoke to VPR under the condition of anonymity. The gender of pseudonyms used throughout the article has no bearing on the actual genders and identities of the article’s sources. Every week, Broadway’s streets are...

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Sex for No Student Debt?

Sex for No Student Debt?

$63,532.  The annual total cost of attending Vanderbilt University.   Although 70% of Vanderbilt students come from top 20% of family incomes in the United States, many students walking across campus are struggling to afford the cost of higher education. How do most students afford this extravagant price tag?  Some undergraduates...

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Why It’s Time to Resist Wall Street and Embrace National Service

Why It’s Time to Resist Wall Street and Embrace National Service

Ask Vanderbilt students their post-graduation plans and you will typically receive a response consisting of consulting, banking, or engineering. You are far less likely to encounter students who plan to volunteer, teach, or join the public and foreign service after leaving school. This is hardly unique to Vanderbilt; top schools around...

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Campaign Contributions of Vanderbilt Faculty and Staff in 2016

Campaign Contributions of Vanderbilt Faculty and Staff in 2016

Perhaps due to its location in the south as well as generalizations as to who has historically gone to the school, Vanderbilt has always had the reputation of being conservative relative to other elite universities, in terms of the faculty, the students, or the administration. However, how much weight does...

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Professor Carpenter on LGBT Research and Initiatives on Vanderbilt Campus

Professor Carpenter on LGBT Research and Initiatives on Vanderbilt Campus

Marriage equality has undoubtedly been a contentious issue. Even with the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the 2015 court case Obergefell v. Hodges, a number of state and national initiatives seek to undermine or overthrow the decision. In addition, with the legalization of same-sex marriage, several related...

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