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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With Election Day Looming, Briley Denounces TN’s Anti-Sanctuary City Law

With Election Day Looming, Briley Denounces TN’s Anti-Sanctuary City Law

**Photo Credit: The Tennessean Eight days before his election day, Mayor David Briley has announced that he wants Tennessee to get rid of its anti-sanctuary city law and signed an executive order stating that Nashville will be challenging the law’s constitutionality. Sanctuary cities are cities in which the local police...

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Rites of Spring Controversies, Explained

Rites of Spring Controversies, Explained

Lindsay Williams contributed to the writing of this article. This story is developing. It will be updated as events unfold. As one of the most anticipated events of the year, Rites of Spring and pre-concert celebrations mark both the end of another school year and a yearning for summer break....

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Tennessee’s BIG Problem

Tennessee’s BIG Problem

Obesity is a problem that is often raised but seldom truly appreciated for the amount of people that are affected. Especially in the Southeastern region, obesity has become a fact of society due to cultural and institutional deficiencies. The CDC has listed obesity as a national epidemic, with more than...

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Tennessee Legislature Considering Medical Marijuana Legalization

Tennessee Legislature Considering Medical Marijuana Legalization

A new bipartisan push for the legalization of medical marijuana has emerged within the Tennessee state legislature. Following the success of last year’s bill that legalized oil-based cannabis products, lawmakers are looking to bring the full medicinal benefits of the substance to the state’s residents.   This week, Senator Janice...

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VPR sits down with Vandy’s Rep. John Ray Clemmons, candidate for Mayor of Nashville

VPR sits down with Vandy’s Rep. John Ray Clemmons, candidate for Mayor of Nashville

In mid-January, state representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) announced that he would challenge incumbent Mayor David Briley in this year’s August election. Clemmons is currently representing district 55 (which includes Vanderbilt’s campus) in the Tennessee House of Representatives, a seat that he has held since 2014. Given that Briley is...

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Amendment One Passes in Nashville Increasing Community Oversight of Metro Police

Amendment One Passes in Nashville Increasing Community Oversight of Metro Police

As Nashvillians took to the polls during the 2018 midterm elections, they were voting for more than just their next representatives. The ballot also featured several proposed amendments to the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Charter, one of which signals a major shift in the city’s policing practices. Amendment One,...

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Fake News, Fake Views

Fake News, Fake Views

As Nov. 6th rapidly approaches, fake Instagram accounts are masquerading as representative of real student organizations under the handles of @vandyrepublicans and @vanderbiltdemocrats. While it is unclear who created these accounts, statements have emphasized that neither account is affiliated with the Vanderbilt College Republicans (VCR) nor the Vanderbilt College Democrats...

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Study Finds That White Banners Hung From Frat Houses Cure Mental Illness

Study Finds That White Banners Hung From Frat Houses Cure Mental Illness

In a stunning finding from Vanderbilt Medical Center, mental illness is on its way to being cured on Vanderbilt’s campus. A team of researchers at the medical center investigated the impact of mental health initiatives being led by fraternities and sororities on Vanderbilt’s campus and found that they are wildly...

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