Midterm Madness: Tennessee

Midterm Madness: Tennessee

This article is part of an article series detailing and explaining midterm elections that are relevant to Vanderbilt students. It gives details on important races in Tennessee that Vanderbilt students should be aware of, from the race for the governor’s mansion to closely-contested races in the state house. If you’d...

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Retired Colonel John Agoglia shares perspective as military planner during 9/11

Retired Colonel John Agoglia shares perspective as military planner during 9/11

(Photo Credit: PKSOI, Stability Operations) In memory of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Vanderbilt Programming Board hosted retired Colonel John Agoglia who spoke about his military experience with the topic “Planning the U.S. Response to 9/11.” Agoglia was a military planner based at Central Command in Tampa,...

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Cuomo and Nixon Vie for the Governorship, Future of the Democratic Party

Cuomo and Nixon Vie for the Governorship, Future of the Democratic Party

Following the surprise Democratic primary victory of political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Joe Crowley, the fourth ranking Democrat in the House, an intense debate over the future of the party was ignited. Ocasio-Cortez’s win left political analysts wondering if her Democratic socialist message can appeal to voters outside of the...

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Lee wins rough GOP primary, Vice Mayoral race goes to runoff

Lee wins rough GOP primary, Vice Mayoral race goes to runoff

This past Thursday, Nashville was overcome with election fever. With both of the party’s primaries and the Davidson County general election coming to a close, the night was filled with predictable results and unexpected shocks. The biggest surprise of the night came on the Republican ballot for governor, where Williamson...

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A Conversation with Justice Sotomayor

A Conversation with Justice Sotomayor

Naveen Krishnan contributed to this article.   Several weeks ago, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to Vanderbilt to meet with students and faculty. Before her formal presentation at the Vanderbilt Law school, Justice Sotomayor met with various undergraduate students including correspondents from VPR, sharing her experiences and lessons she...

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Speaker Phoebe Clements Revisits March for Our Lives

Speaker Phoebe Clements Revisits March for Our Lives

Introduce yourself. I’m Phoebe Clements. I’m a freshman here at Vanderbilt, and I’m from Jacksonville, Florida. How did you come to get involved with March for Our Lives? I heard about it and saw it on Facebook when Abby Brafman, a freshman, posted about it. I didn’t really know much...

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Nashville’s March For Our Lives

Nashville’s March For Our Lives

March 24th 2018 brought close to 12,000 Nashvillians to the streets. Protesters and activists marched in solidarity with the victims of gun violence in hopes of common sense gun reform. Following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, a movement, unbounded by partisan politics, formed The March for Our Lives....

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When I Would Rather Have a Public Defender

When I Would Rather Have a Public Defender

I plan on never needing a criminal lawyer, but in the event that I find myself in Skokie bond court for a minor offense, I would rather have a public defender at my side. It’s a dichotomy as old as the modern-day justice system: a brutal, opportunistic state’s attorney battles...

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Wild Weather in a Post Climate-Change World

Wild Weather in a Post Climate-Change World

Whether or not you agree with the idea of man-made climate change, it is irrefutable that climate change-related natural disasters have become increasingly frequent and destructive. Scientist report that fluctuating temperatures and unseasonable weather patterns have lead to more water vapor in the atmosphere, increasing the frequency and intensity of...

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Gun Control: What Do You Really Know?

Gun Control: What Do You Really Know?

Gun control is perhaps the most divisive issue in the US. But what are the facts behind gun control in the US? Assault weapons and universal background checks are often the two most popular talking points, so let’s dive in. This article might also explain why gun owners are so...

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