Kush on Commons: Marijuana Use on Freshman Campus

Kush on Commons: Marijuana Use on Freshman Campus

Note: All drug dealers, users, and participants in the article spoke to VPR under the condition of anonymity. The identity of specific houses, floors, and individuals mentioned in quotes were kept anonymous. The gender of pseudonyms used throughout the article has no bearing on the actual genders and identities of...

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Art and Politics: How a Broadway rap star brought peace to a grieving campus

Art and Politics: How a Broadway rap star brought peace to a grieving campus

Walking around Vanderbilt’s campus on Wednesday, November 9th felt like being at a funeral. Students walked slowly with hunched shoulders, and many eyes were filled with tears in reaction to what many thought was impossible: Donald Trump being elected president. That evening, many Vanderbilt students turned to an unlikely source...

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The Decline of the American Liberal Education

The Decline of the American Liberal Education

The following is a guest submission. If you would like to submit work to be published by VPR, you can do so here. It’s no secret on college campuses that interest in the humanities has noticeably declined. In 1991, Yale’s two most popular majors were English and history. By 2013, they...

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Pittsburgh has self-driving cars. Nashville could be next.

Pittsburgh has self-driving cars. Nashville could be next.

For those outside the tech industry, self-driving vehicles have been the subject of science fiction. However, in Pittsburgh on September 14th, Uber made the technology a reality. With a couple dozen of the vehicles already on the city’s streets, the company plans to use Pittsburgh as a testing ground and...

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France’s Burkini Ban And Why It’s Oppressive

France’s Burkini Ban And Why It’s Oppressive

With the Syrian refugee crisis rocking Europe, many countries are questioning their identities and what their citizenry should look like. France, with a Muslim population of 5-10 percent, is struggling to maintain their culture of secularity. Despite having the largest Muslim population in Europe, France is lashing out against visible...

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One study-abroad student’s attempt to explain Trump to Europeans…and to himself

One study-abroad student’s attempt to explain Trump to Europeans…and to himself

“He’s one of these crazy guys” my European Politics professor said, in his thick Danish accent.  “Like Donald Trump,” he finished, with a wave of the hand and the sly smirk of someone very pleased with himself.  “These” sounded more like “this,” and the “azy” in crazy sounded more like someone...

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The election may be heating up, but Winter is Coming.

The election may be heating up, but Winter is Coming.

Betting markets are in favor of the GOP having a brokered convention. People who are mad about college students whining over words are also whining… over words. Young people do not like Hillary. The Republican establishment does not know how to deal with Trump.  And the general vibe is that...

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Republicans for Marijuana Legalization

One of the biggest issues in modern politics is the legalization of marijuana. Around the world, more and more countries are seeing pot legalization become a mainstream political issue. In the Netherlands, the drug policy known as gedoogbeleid has effectively decriminalized marijuana use, making Amsterdam a popular destination for weed...

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Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

In the wake of ISIS’ recent attacks in Paris, terror threats in Belgium, the subsequent online battle between ISIS and the hacker group Anonymous, and stories coming out about ISIS’ unrivaled online recruiting capacity, Jared Cohen’s address at Vanderbilt University last month seems prophetic. In this interview, the Vanderbilt Political...

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Washington meets the Valley: How tech companies are increasing political activity

Author: Avi Mediratta ’19 In the 1790s, just following the founding of the United States, President Washington approved a plan to establish the nation’s capital in a swampy little town on the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland. This town would become known as the District of Columbia, better known...

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