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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

IN PHOTOS: September Sports Special, Part 1

Recapping the past two weeks on the field in photos.
Nikita Rohila
Fans cheer at First Bank Stadium as Zeppos Tower looms in the background, as captured on Sept. 3, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Nikita Rohila)

Vanderbilt sports is off to a strong start, and The Hustler Multimedia section has been right there alongside them. Take a look at some of our favorite moments below.

Cross country

The Commodore cross country season began the weekend of Sept. 2 with the Belmont Opener at Percy Warner Park. The Vanderbilt women finished first overall, with each member of the team finishing the race in under 19 minutes. The men weren’t far off, finishing second overall, due in large part to the performance of freshman Michael Schumacher. 

Women’s soccer

Vanderbilt soccer cruised to a 6-0 victory over ETSU on Sept. 3. The Commodores outshot the Buccaneers 13-4 and notched their fifth consecutive shutout and win of the season. 

The following week, the team drew with Lipscomb 1-1. The Bison’s goal in the second half ended the ‘Dore’s shutout streak at 497 minutes into the season. 

“It shows we’ve got some work to do,” head coach Darren Ambrose said. “This start to the season we’ve had is great, but now we’ve got something we can go back to the drawing board and say ‘okay, we really need to pay attention to these things.’” 

The team will host LSU for their SEC opener at home next Sunday, Sept. 18.


Despite the 90% humidity and threat of inclement weather, Vandy fans showed out for the first home game of the season on Sept. 3. The Commodores defeated the Elon Phoenix 42-31, their second consecutive win of the season. After the game, head coach Clark Lea shared his future expectations for the team as they prepared to face Wake Forest.

“Progress is what we are going to mandate,” Lea said. “We are going to keep growing.” 

The following weekend, Vanderbilt hosted Wake Forest at home during a wet Family Weekend. Students and parents braved the Nashville rain in their best ponchos and/or tailgate fits, jeered at the referees for non-calls and cheered on the ‘Dores, who ultimately fell 45-25 to the Demon Deacons. 

The Commodores look to get back on their feet as they prepare to face Northern Illinois in DeKalb on Sept. 17.

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About the Contributors
Arianna Santiago
Arianna Santiago, Senior Staff Photographer
Arianna Santiago ('24) is from Bremerton, Wash., and studying electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering. When not shooting for The Hustler or for freelance work, Arianna can be found leading campus tours, organizing events for University Catholic, attempting to study and procrastinating her lab reports. You can reach her at [email protected].
Nikita Rohila
Nikita Rohila, Senior Staff Photographer
Nikita Rohila ('25) is from a small town in Arkansas and is majoring in psychology and medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Deputy Social Media Director. During her free time, she enjoys roaming around the city and getting cinematic-style shots for her photography account! You can reach her at [email protected].
Miguel Beristain
Miguel Beristain, Senior Staff Photographer
Miguel Beristain (’24) is a philosophy and cellular and molecular biology double major in the College of Arts and Science from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. When not shooting for The Hustler, he can usually be found playing Magic the Gathering, exploring new restaurants or practicing guitar. He can be reached at .
Eigen Escario
Eigen Escario, Former Staff Photographer
Eigen Escario ('26) is from Birmingham, Alabama. He is majoring in human and organizational development with a double major in computer science and minoring in business in Peabody College. In his spare time, Eigen enjoys taking ballroom lessons with his friends and handling the livestream for Vandy Ice Hockey.
Nour Abida
Nour Abida, Staff Photographer
Nour Abida ('25) is majoring in political science and medicine, health and society with a minor in Spanish in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Tunis, Tunisia. You can reach her at [email protected].
Claire Gatlin
Claire Gatlin, Former Life Editor
Claire Gatlin ('24) is a student in Peabody College studying human and organizational development and political science. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, reading and rollerblading. You can reach her at [email protected].
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