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Stories from Vanderbilt University
Chabad’s Rudy Rochman speaker event sparks allegations of racism, claims of antisemitism ensue
College Reporting

Ekta Anand | May 12, 2022

UPDATED: This piece was updated at 8:56 a.m. CST on March 10 to include additional information regarding the University Chaplain’s involvement. This story was further updated at 11 a.m. CST on March…

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‘No more war! No more silence!’: Students protest in support of Ukraine, urge administration to denounce Russian invasion
College Reporting

Matthew Shipley | May 10, 2022

Dozens of Vanderbilt community members gathered for “Vanderbilt Stands With Ukraine” demonstrations on March 1 at 11 a.m. CST and March 2 at 5 p.m. CST. The marchers called on Chancellor Daniel Diermeier…

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‘A Basketball Story’: The Next Chapter of Shea Ralph and Tom Garrick’s Basketball Journey is Underway at Vanderbilt
College Reporting

Justin Hershey | April 29, 2022

When Vanderbilt head coach Shea Ralph encountered Tom Garrick more than 15 years ago, she was impressed. But perhaps not for the reasons you might expect.

At first glance, the fact that he was a former…

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FAQUIH: Wearing a Balaclava isn’t the serve you think it is. Sincerely, a Hijabi.
College Reporting

Duaa Faquih | April 21, 2022

If you’ve been on social media this winter, you’ve probably come across the rising fashion trend of wearing “balaclavas,” a cloth garment worn around the face that covers most of the wearer’s…

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Student’s external test indicates high levels of mold in Morgan House
College Reporting

Brina Ratangee | April 19, 2022

The Office of Housing and Residential Experience (OHARE) stated that they are “responding to a report of mold” in a Jan. 20 email to Morgan and Lewis House residents. On Jan. 19, Morgan House Residential…

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Diermeier and the Giant Unicorn: Understanding Fossil Fuel Divestment
College Reporting

Abhinav Krishnan | April 15, 2022



As Vanderbilt’s Ninth Chancellor, Daniel Diermeier started his inaugural Founder’s Walk speech, student activists wearing orange beanies and carrying big white posters with big red letters began…

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ZHAO: Men really should know how the pill works
College Reporting

Stanley Zhao | April 13, 2022

Recently, I learned just how many side effects a birth control pill can have. 

A few weeks ago as I was mindlessly scrolling through Tik Tok searching for the next quirky trend or shenanigan that my…

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Unsung Hero: How Andrew Maraniss is impacting Vanderbilt Athletics
College Reporting

Jaime Pérez | April 12, 2022

The Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Scholarship was first awarded by Vanderbilt University in 1956, in honor of the two sportswriting giants. For the past 60 years, it has given talented student journalists…

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Knoxville Planned Parenthood Center intentionally burned down amid rising legislative restrictions on abortion
College Reporting

Duaa Faquih | April 11, 2022

On Dec. 31, an intentional fire destroyed the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Knoxville, the only clinic in East Tennessee. This act came at the close of a year filled with several legislative attempts…

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Students file legal complaint alleging university investment in fossil fuels violates non-profit investment obligations
College Reporting

Ekta Anand | March 29, 2022

UPDATED: This story was updated on Feb. 16 at 12:43 p.m. CST to include information on the Dores Divest “Climate walkout.” This story was further updated at 2:30 p.m. to include a university response…

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HERSHEY: University athletics attendance policy alienates students, its most important fans
College Reporting

Justin Hershey | March 10, 2022

On February 15, 2021—almost one year ago—Vanderbilt announced that a select number of senior students would be permitted back inside Memorial Gymnasium for the first time since Feb. 26, 2020 and the…

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Let’s talk about sex, baby: An interview with the cast of HBO Max’s ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’
College Reporting

Phoebe Sklansky | March 8, 2022

Spoiler alert: this show is about the sex lives of college girls. If you read my initial recap of the series, you’ll know that “The Sex Lives of College Girls” (TSLOCG)—conceived by Mindy Kaling…

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UPDATED: ‘Of course’: Al Gore endorses Vanderbilt divesting from fossil fuels
College Reporting

Duaa Faquih | February 22, 2022

UPDATED: This story was updated at 9:00 a.m. on Dec. 10 to include additional quotes from Former Vice President Al Gore and new responses from Chancellor Diermeier. 

On Dec. 1, former Vice President…

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ABEL: I can’t take a sick day—and neither can you.
College Reporting

Zoe Abel | January 20, 2022

Sick days as a kid were so easy. 

You wake up one morning with a sore throat, a fever, maybe a stomach ache. Instead of stumbling over to your computer to write excessively long and apologetic emails…

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UPDATED: An overview of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus
College Reporting

Lorenz Chen | November 23, 2021

UPDATE: This piece was updated on Oct. 20, 2021, at 10:20 a.m. CDT to include a response from the university that was received on Oct. 18, 2021.

Vanderbilt is among 150 universities nationwide to have…

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ABEL: Our bodies, our choices.
College Reporting

Zoe Abel | November 2, 2021

Editor’s note: This piece contains mentions of sexual assault.

I am scared to make enemies because I believe a woman should be able to choose for herself. 

I am scared of my own family and friends…

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Vanderbilt workers reflect on labor conditions amid new union contract negotiations
College Reporting

Jonathan Liu | October 26, 2021

Vanderbilt and LiUNA Local 386 are in the midst of new contract negotiations. The union has prepared approximately 20 different proposals to create more sustainable working conditions for its workers.

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Free menstrual products available in select campus bathrooms by Sept. 3
College Reporting

Mae Monette | October 20, 2021

Free menstrual products—pads and tampons—will be available in select campus bathrooms by Sept. 3. This initiative is Tier I of the three-pronged VSG Campus Life Committee proposal.

Dispensers with…

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CAIME: I paid $20 a day to commute to my unpaid internship.
College Reporting

Olivia Caime | October 12, 2021

Every single hot summer day from May to August, I made the one-and-a-half-hour daily commute to the company office and worked seven-hour days, five days a week. My work schedule was close to that of a…

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IN PHOTOS: Hot Multi Summer
College Reporting

Josh Rehders | October 7, 2021

This summer was one packed full for our Multimedia staff, with some members traveling to Nebraska, Texas, Colorado and Hawaii while others stayed in the Nashville area. No matter where they were, the staff…

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FELLAS: Let fashion speak for itself
College Reporting

Nora Fellas | September 28, 2021

By now, you’ve definitely seen Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s dress from the 2021 Met Gala themed In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. The dress was white with a classic silhouette and had the…

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“Certified Lover Boy” is nothing we haven’t heard before
College Reporting

Samuel Hyland | September 20, 2021

Whether you listen to Drake or not, chances are that you’ve encountered some version of a questionable duck-faced mirror selfie the rapper unironically posted to social media last month.

There he…

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‘Critical’ violation and official warning issued to VUMC regarding guinea pig mistreatment
College Reporting

Rachael Perrotta | September 17, 2021

Editor’s note: Graphic image of animal mistreatment

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a “critical” violation to VUMC during an April 27, 2021, annual inspection. This violation…

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‘I bowled 30 years for that one moment’: Associate women’s bowling coach Josie Barnes is a U.S. Open champion
College Reporting

Justin Hershey | September 16, 2021

“When I went into this week, I really had no expectations of bowling as well as I did. But I did tell myself I wanted to leave [the U.S. Open] feeling like I could be respected.”

Vanderbilt associate…

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Dixie Place renamed Vivien Thomas Way
College Reporting

Ryan Suddath | April 7, 2021

On April 5, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) capped off a nearly year-long project to change the name of Dixie Place to Vivien Thomas Way. 

Running from 21st Avenue South to VUMC’s Central…

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STAFF EDITORIAL: Change is a two-way street
College Reporting

Editorial Board | February 23, 2021

Student activism has a complicated history on Vanderbilt’s campus. As a university, we have a reputation for being mostly apolitical and uncontroversial in our handling of social issues and current events….

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VSG endorses Graduate Workers United List of Demands for the Spring 2021 Semester
College Reporting

Emma Mattson | February 16, 2021

In a 15-3 vote on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG) Senate called on Vanderbilt administration to implement a petition from Vanderbilt Graduate Workers United (VGWU) regarding working…

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Former Vanderbilt political science and law professor Carol Swain serves as Vice Chair for 1776 Commission
College Reporting

Henry Ridley | February 8, 2021

Two days before being dissolved by newly inaugurated President Joe Biden, the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission released The 1776 Report. The report named former Vanderbilt Professor of Political…

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Commodore Brunch Week Eleven: Rock Bottom
College Reporting

Simon Gibbs | November 19, 2019

What is rock bottom?

Is it a 24 point loss to the UNLV Rebels, a team that proceeded to lose to Fresno State, San Diego State, Colorado State and Hawaii in succession? Somehow, someway, that’s not it.

What…

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Commodore Brunch Week Seven: Back from the dead
College Reporting

Max Schneider | October 28, 2019

Derek Mason heard the boos. He heard the calls to can him. He heard all of it.

And this – this was his revenge game. Amidst a week of criticism and questions of job security, Mason plotted.

“We…

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Opinion: Time to quit the Juul
College Reporting

Jack Rosenblum | October 15, 2019

For several decades, Americans have worked hard to reduce the presence of cigarettes only to see them replaced by something which could be far more dangerous.  As of Sept. 30, 2019, 15 Americans have…

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