Former Governors Phil Bredesen and Bill Haslam Give Their Thoughts On Bipartisanship and Effective Leadership

Former Governors Phil Bredesen and Bill Haslam Give Their Thoughts On Bipartisanship and Effective Leadership

In an era of intense political polarization at the national level, Tennessee’s two most recent governors, Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Bill Haslam, offered their perspective on bipartisanship and effective leadership to an audience at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night. The event, which was moderated by Professor Alan Wiseman, was co-organized...

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Ex-Inmate Matthew Charles Speaks to Vanderbilt Students About Criminal Justice Reform

Ex-Inmate Matthew Charles Speaks to Vanderbilt Students About Criminal Justice Reform

Matthew Charles, a Nashville resident and the first person to be released by the First Step Act signed by President Trump in December, spoke to students in an event hosted by Vanderbilt Young Americans for Liberty on Monday, Nov. 4. Charles discussed his personal story of incarceration and shared his...

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Tennessee’s Road to Legalized Sports Gambling

Tennessee’s Road to Legalized Sports Gambling

Tennessee is one of the latest states to join the growing trend of passing legislation to legalize online sports gambling, with the Tennessee Sports Gaming Act (TSGA) coming into effect this past summer. Following the early 2018 Supreme Court ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, the door was...

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Belmont University to Host the Final 2020 General Election Debate

Belmont University to Host the Final 2020 General Election Debate

On October 11, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that Belmont University will be hosting the third and final presidential debate for the 2020 election. The debate will take place on October 22, just 10 days before the general election, between President Donald Trump and the Democratic Party nominee. The...

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Nashville Metro’s Emergency Shelter Flip-Flop

Nashville Metro’s Emergency Shelter Flip-Flop

Last Monday, the city of Nashville announced it would not reopen emergency shelters this winter due to lack of funding. The response from the public was overwhelmingly negative and just three days after the initial statement, Mayor John Cooper reversed the decision and announced the city emergency shelters will be...

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Cyrus Wilson One Step Closer to Parole

Cyrus Wilson One Step Closer to Parole

After spending 27 years behind bars for a crime he maintains he did not commit, Edgehill native Cyrus Wilson came one step closer to being released on Wednesday. Tennessee Board of Parole member Gary M. Faulcon conducted Wilson’s parole hearing and recommended release. The remaining six members of the board...

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Recap: Author and philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah at Vanderbilt’s Annual Lawson Lecture

Recap: Author and philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah at Vanderbilt’s Annual Lawson Lecture

On September 29th, Vanderbilt University held the 13th Annual Lawson Lecture, featuring guest speaker Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah. Named after Reverend James Lawson, a non-violent activist who was expelled from Vanderbilt during the Civil Rights Movement and invited back to the university in 2006, the Lawson Lecture focuses on issues...

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Flulapalooza! and the Politics of Vaccination

Flulapalooza! and the Politics of Vaccination

Beginning in 2010, one day at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is set aside every fall to conduct a mass vaccination event now known as Flulapalooza. The event, which was held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Wednesday, allows Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty a quick and easy way to...

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“We Need to Act Now!”: Climate Activists Strike for Change in Downtown Nashville

“We Need to Act Now!”: Climate Activists Strike for Change in Downtown Nashville

Lately, Nashville has been hot—abnormally, uncomfortably, noticeably hot. While its temperatures normally start to dip in September, every day this week has easily broken 90 degrees. This Friday, Nashville’s unseasonably warm weather provided a fitting backdrop for a pair of climate change protests downtown. The first was a youth climate...

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Recap: Terry Crews Visits Vanderbilt

Recap: Terry Crews Visits Vanderbilt

On Monday September 8th, Terry Crews opened the 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Lecture Series in Langford Auditorium by talking to students about toxic masculinity and gender equality. Terry Crews, a retired professional football player, current actor, and avid activist was introduced by Vanderbilt as being a man who “embraces exploration” and encourages...

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