TOM: Vanderbilt, Students Helping Those with Disabilities

TOM: Vanderbilt, Students Helping Those with Disabilities

This past weekend, January 19th to the 21st, Vanderbilt hosted its first annual TOM makeathon on the second floor of the Wondry. TOM Global is a non-profit based in Tel Aviv that hosts 72-hour makeathons across the globe. The TOM makeathon is an event where teams of engineers (known as...

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OPINION: Vanderbilt Sorority Rush, An Inherently Flawed System

OPINION: Vanderbilt Sorority Rush, An Inherently Flawed System

Many students at Vanderbilt are drawn to the process of rush with the promise of finding their “forever sisters,” but when the first round cuts come in, many girls are left disappointed and disillusioned. In fact, it’s not unusual to see several girls crying after cuts. With around 50% of...

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Looking Back at Vanderbilt’s Martin Luther King Day

Looking Back at Vanderbilt’s Martin Luther King Day

  Sydney Silberman contributed to this article.  On Monday, Vanderbilt students enjoyed a day off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Students were encouraged to contemplate Dr. King’s legacy through a parade and various discussions hosted all across campus. One of the discussions featured the controversial issue of freedom...

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Tobacco’s New Frontier: The Rise of E-Cigarettes on College Campuses

Tobacco’s New Frontier: The Rise of E-Cigarettes on College Campuses

Last year, the mumps. This year, the JUUL. Vanderbilt’s latest epidemic is not a viral infection, but a slim rectangular box resembling a USB drive. Throughout campus, from Central Library to Greek houses, students can be seen smoking through JUUL e-cigarette devices. Designed in 2015 by Stanford graduate students James...

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Vanderbilt Tuition Hikes Higher Than Ever

Vanderbilt Tuition Hikes Higher Than Ever

*Students who granted VPR information on their tuition and fees asked to remain anonymous. The gender of pseudonyms used throughout the article has no bearing on the actual genders and identities of the article’s sources. Vanderbilt tuition increased this academic year, just as it has in years past. One senior’s...

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Silence Speaks Volumes: Corruption Within the Vanderbilt EAD

Silence Speaks Volumes: Corruption Within the Vanderbilt EAD

This is the third installment of VPR’s investigation into how Vanderbilt’s handles power-based and intimate partner violence (See A Student’s Account for Part One. See An Overview of Vanderbilt’s Resource for Part Two). In this segment, VPR contributor Sydney Silberman assesses students’ negative experiences with EAD investigators – specifically regarding insensitivity and...

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Need-Blind Admissions Advantages Wealthy Applicants

Need-Blind Admissions Advantages Wealthy Applicants

Elite universities have increasingly adopted need-blind admissions, which is the practice of disregarding economic factors when looking at prospective applicants. This policy is often touted on brochures and websites as an indicator of the admissions process being inclusive and meritocratic. On its face it seems like a progressive program; prospective...

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Vanderbilt Narrowly Misses Massive Financial Hit from G.O.P. Tax Plan

Vanderbilt Narrowly Misses Massive Financial Hit from G.O.P. Tax Plan

For the last two months as the Republican-controlled Congress worked on tax reform, many showed alarm at the number of proposals that affected higher education. Among these reforms were a tax of large university endowments, a repeal of student loan interest deductions, a raising of the deduction for charitable giving,...

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Vanderbilt Students Have Mixed Opinions on Guns

Vanderbilt Students Have Mixed Opinions on Guns

As of November 6, the United States has experienced 307 mass shootings in 2017– almost as many days in the year so far. Due to the sheer number of mass shootings that the United States has experienced this year alone, the Vanderbilt Political Review decided to conduct an online survey...

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Vanderbilt in the Year 2117

Vanderbilt in the Year 2117

Many of today’s news stories highlight our rapidly advancing technology. Videos of Hanson Robotics’ A.I. robot Sophia have surfaced across news headlines and social media posts. New medical advances such as CRISPR-Cas9, a method of gene-editing that allows scientists to deactivate specific genes, are attracting attention due to the possibility...

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