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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

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.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Preparing for the future

Vanderbilt hosted Anchor Day for the Class of 2027, and students learned how to safely advocate this week.
Katherine Oung
A rainbow appears as Reverend Osagyefo Sekou leads a non-violent direct action training for students in the Tennessee Student Solidarity Network at Centennial Park, as photographed on April 13, 2023. (Hustler Staff/Katherine Oung)

Vanderbilt students hosted another full week of programming. In response to the gun reform activism around campus and in Nashville, there was protest training in front of the Parthenon. Potential members of the Class of 2027 were welcomed onto campus this weekend for Anchor Day amid a variety of end-of-year showcases.

Student protest training

Reverend Osagyefo Sekou came to Nashville to work with the Dores Worker Solidarity Network on April 13. DWSN formed the Tennessee Student Solidarity Network following the student activism movement in Tennessee after the Covenant School shooting. Sekou joined the group of students and residents from all over Tennessee at Centennial Park to discuss safe practices for non-violent civil disobedience. Sekou trained Rep. Justin Jones (D-Nashville) and Ferguson protestors. He studied under Rev. James Lawson. He emphasized that civil disobedience is meant to “preserve life” and is out of a “deeper body love.” 


Though bowling stole the show in athletics this week with its third national championship win, baseball also dazzled at The Hawk this week. The VandyBoys won their series against No. 3 South Carolina this weekend. After losing the Friday game, the team had a strong performance all weekend to take the series.

Editor’s picks 

This week was a time of celebration for existing and prospective students. Vanderbilt hosted its Anchor Day for the Class of 2027 on April 15. Students and their parents flocked to tours and information sessions about what their next four years could look like. 

Earlier in the week, Harambe was hosted by the African Student Union on April 8, themed “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” and the MLC hosted its annual inVUsion on April 15, themed “Trip Around the World.” Vitality Dance Company performed its spring showcase on April 13, titled “Love is in the Air.” 

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About the Contributors
Barrie Barto
Barrie Barto, Editor-in-Chief
Barrie Barto ('25) is majoring in medicine, health & society with neuroscience and communication of science & technology minors in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Photography Director. When she's not strolling around campus with her camera, you can find Barrie cheering on the St. Louis Blues or tracking down the best gluten-free food in Nashville. She can be reached at [email protected].
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.
Laura Vaughan
Laura Vaughan, Senior Staff Photographer
Laura Vaughan (‘25) is a student in the College of Arts and Science studying mathematics and economics. When not out on an assignment for The Hustler, she can be found studying in the Schulman Center, having lunch at Frutta Bowls or trying to clean her file structure. She is available at [email protected].
Lindsey Jorda
Lindsey Jorda, Former Social Media Director
Lindsey Jorda (‘23) is double majoring in neuroscience and psychology in the College of Arts and Science. When not working for The Hustler, she loves reading, listening to music, watching movies and playing with her dog. She can be reached at [email protected].
Geetika Komati
Geetika Komati, Staff Photographer
Geetika Komati ('26) is majoring in economics and music performance and minoring in business in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Livingston, N.J. Geetika loves photographing sports games and getting in on the live action. Apart from the Hustler, some of Geetika's favorite things are traveling, boxing, and cheering on the New Jersey Devils. She can be reached at [email protected].
Ophelia Lu
Ophelia Lu, Deputy Photography Editor
Ophelia Lu (’26) is from Los Angeles and is double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering in the School of Engineering. She previously served as a staff photographer. When not covering events and sports games for The Hustler, you can find her listening to a lot of music, studying at Starbucks or lying on Alumni lawn. She can be reached at [email protected].
Katherine Oung
Katherine Oung, Data Editor
Katherine Oung ('25) is majoring in political science and computer science and minoring in data science in the College of Arts and Science. They are from West Palm Beach, Fla., and were previously Deputy News Editor and Managing Editor. Katherine enjoys working on freelance journalism projects and making incredibly specific Spotify playlists. They can be reached at [email protected].
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