When Television Hits Too Close To Home

When Television Hits Too Close To Home

The race for the Presidency, much like the office itself, is often viewed as something all Americans can connect to on a personal level. Whether or not the data support us in our thought processes, we view presidential elections as events that reveal the soul of our nation on the...

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More than Just a Meme: How a Picture Sparked a Discussion on Cultural Appropriation and Greek Life at Vanderbilt

More than Just a Meme: How a Picture Sparked a Discussion on Cultural Appropriation and Greek Life at Vanderbilt

On Wednesday, a meme posted to a prominent Vanderbilt Facebook group sparked a passionate debate about cultural appropriation. The group, titled “dank new rand memes,” is familiar to many Vanderbilt students. It is usually a place of levity, where students make jokes at the expense of campus issues and characters....

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Adderall: Studying Miracle or Hidden Danger?

Adderall: Studying Miracle or Hidden Danger?

With midterms, papers, and projects piling up, it’s not difficult to feel overwhelmed with work as a student. How does one handle all of this work? Jesse, a Vanderbilt student whose name has been changed, does it by taking Adderall. Jesse describes Adderall as “a miracle study tool. I don’t...

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Slide Show: Vanderbilt Students Join in Protest

Slide Show: Vanderbilt Students Join in Protest

Today, hundreds came together outside the offices of Sens. Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R) to protest the immigration ban issued by President Trump. Speakers including Mayor Megan Barry (D), Vice Mayor David Briley (D) and State Senator Jeff Yarbro (D) used the back of a pickup truck as...

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Kush on Commons: Marijuana Use on Freshman Campus

Kush on Commons: Marijuana Use on Freshman Campus

Note: All drug dealers, users, and participants in the article spoke to VPR under the condition of anonymity. The identity of specific houses, floors, and individuals mentioned in quotes were kept anonymous. The gender of pseudonyms used throughout the article has no bearing on the actual genders and identities of...

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Art and Politics: How a Broadway rap star brought peace to a grieving campus

Art and Politics: How a Broadway rap star brought peace to a grieving campus

Walking around Vanderbilt’s campus on Wednesday, November 9th felt like being at a funeral. Students walked slowly with hunched shoulders, and many eyes were filled with tears in reaction to what many thought was impossible: Donald Trump being elected president. That evening, many Vanderbilt students turned to an unlikely source...

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The Decline of the American Liberal Education

The Decline of the American Liberal Education

The following is a guest submission. If you would like to submit work to be published by VPR, you can do so here. It’s no secret on college campuses that interest in the humanities has noticeably declined. In 1991, Yale’s two most popular majors were English and history. By 2013, they...

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Pittsburgh has self-driving cars. Nashville could be next.

Pittsburgh has self-driving cars. Nashville could be next.

For those outside the tech industry, self-driving vehicles have been the subject of science fiction. However, in Pittsburgh on September 14th, Uber made the technology a reality. With a couple dozen of the vehicles already on the city’s streets, the company plans to use Pittsburgh as a testing ground and...

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France’s Burkini Ban And Why It’s Oppressive

France’s Burkini Ban And Why It’s Oppressive

With the Syrian refugee crisis rocking Europe, many countries are questioning their identities and what their citizenry should look like. France, with a Muslim population of 5-10 percent, is struggling to maintain their culture of secularity. Despite having the largest Muslim population in Europe, France is lashing out against visible...

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One study-abroad student’s attempt to explain Trump to Europeans…and to himself

One study-abroad student’s attempt to explain Trump to Europeans…and to himself

“He’s one of these crazy guys” my European Politics professor said, in his thick Danish accent.  “Like Donald Trump,” he finished, with a wave of the hand and the sly smirk of someone very pleased with himself.  “These” sounded more like “this,” and the “azy” in crazy sounded more like someone...

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