DACA Student Activists Lead Discussion on Inclusivity

DACA Student Activists Lead Discussion on Inclusivity

This past Thursday, Vanderbilt played host to the activists behind the documentary film THE UNAFRAID. The documentary follows a group of young DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients in their pursuit of higher education in Georgia, where the government has banned them from attending their public universities or from...

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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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Op-Ed: Klobuchar’s Nashville Event Shows Campaign’s Intersectionality Issues

Op-Ed: Klobuchar’s Nashville Event Shows Campaign’s Intersectionality Issues

Amy Klobuchar, the first female Senator from Minnesota and candidate to be the first female President of the United States, made an appearance at Edley’s BBQ in East Nashville this Wednesday. Despite having been recently ranked by Vanderbilt’s Professor Alan Wiseman as the most effective Democratic Senator, Klobuchar’s national spotlight...

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Twitter’s Isolated Bubbles vs. America’s Nuanced Political Reality

Twitter’s Isolated Bubbles vs. America’s Nuanced Political Reality

A data plot of the political twitter accounts based on their political leanings and number of followers. The far right side are accounts that are pro-trump whereas the far left side are accounts that favor social democrats like Bernie Sanders. The size of each circle/accounts are proportional to the number...

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Op-Ed: Why you Should Consider Forgiving Kamala Harris

Op-Ed: Why you Should Consider Forgiving Kamala Harris

Since Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign announcement in January, there’s been a lot of info floating around about her record as the Attorney General of California. To start, there are some “facts” floating around need clarification. In particular, the most popular critique of Harris is that she allegedly argued that inmates...

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Stakes are High on Both Sides of the Aisle as New Government Shutdown Deadline Approaches

Stakes are High on Both Sides of the Aisle as New Government Shutdown Deadline Approaches

The most recent government shutdown, which began on December 21, 2018 and continued until January 25, 2019, was the longest in U.S. history and left 380,000 U.S. government employees without pay. Now, the government has temporarily reopened to allow for negotiations to take place, but many have their doubts about...

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Super Bowl 2019

Super Bowl 2019

The past few years have been nothing short of controversy, rule changes, and Patriots overload for the National Football League. Although kneeling has lost America’s football spotlight, residual issues remain and are now showing themselves in 2019’s Super Bowl halftime show. The league has struggled for the past few months...

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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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Talking Voter Suppression with Dean John Geer

Talking Voter Suppression with Dean John Geer

Political pundits on both sides of the aisle vehemently debate the prevalence of voter suppression today. Whether this comes in the form of discussions about “fake news” and the influence of foreign actors in our elections, or through the deliberate disenfranchisement of groups of Americans for arbitrary personal characteristics, these...

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CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage and Privacy?

CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage and Privacy?

CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage? In 2011, Iran unearthed a ring of US spies and their handlers somewhat inexplicably. This compromised the US’s negotiating power in terms of the nuclear deal and sabotaged bleeding-edge intel about the state of Iran’s nuclear development. Last year...

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