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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Anti-LGBTQI+ Adoption Bill Passes Tennessee House

Anti-LGBTQI+ Adoption Bill Passes Tennessee House

Earlier this month, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a Republican bill that would allow adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against LGBTQI+ families. The bill, known as HB 836 (and SB 1304 in the Tennessee Senate) would allow agencies to prohibit same-sex couples from adopting children on the...

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Human Rights Worldwide: Where does Nashville stand?

Human Rights Worldwide: Where does Nashville stand?

On January 17, the Human Rights Watch released their annual report, a review of human rights violations and practices across the globe. To preface each report, the organization’s Executive Director, Kenneth Roth, publishes an article recounting the year’s major events and summarizes his review with a theme. This year’s headline...

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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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Vandy and the Environment: Are we doing enough?

Vandy and the Environment: Are we doing enough?

The recent opening of the addition to the Vanderbilt School of Nursing on January 22nd reflects Vanderbilt’s ongoing commitment to becoming a green university. This new building achieved the rigorous requirements to gain  Silver WELL certification and Gold LEED certification.. As the first building in Nashville to obtain the WELL...

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Community Oversight in Nashville: Successes and Challenges

Community Oversight in Nashville: Successes and Challenges

This past November, citizens voted on six proposed amendments to the Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Charter. Garnering the most attention, Amendment One proposed a civilian-staffed Community Oversight Board as an accountability source for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and passed with 59% support. Nashville now joins the ranks of other major...

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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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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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