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VSG Dinner with the Chancellor canceled after previous postponement

Student Affairs notified VSG of the cancellation 13 days after the Kirkland Hall sit-in.
Josh Rehders
The entrance to the Kirkland Esplenade, as photographed on Feb. 3, 2024. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders)

Twelve days after being indefinitely postponed, Vanderbilt Student Government’s Dinner with the Chancellor was canceled today. Both changes were made by Student Affairs. 

VSG Programming Director Leo Huang, a junior, emailed selected students today informing them of the cancelation after VSG tried identifying alternative dates for the event. Huang quotes his correspondence with Student Affairs, in which the office states it was “not able to find a time on [the Chancellor’s] calendar within this spring semester that would be appealing to any of the guests.” 

The initial postponement was issued one day after the Kirkland Hall sit-in, during which students forcibly entered the building in an attempt to speak with Diermeier about the administration-canceled VSG BDS referendum. Huang stated in an email to The Hustler that the cancelation notice did not mention the sit-in. 

VSG President Sam Sliman expressed scorn over the cancellation of the event.

“Whoop-de-f***ing-do — who could have possibly seen this coming?” Sliman said. “[Diermeier] is an egotistical narcissist with no interest in interacting with the Vanderbilt community. As soon as it was [postponed] indefinitely, we knew that it would be another example of Chancellor Diermeier making himself inaccessible to students.” 

Sliman said Student Affairs and the Office of the Chancellor did not communicate with selected students or VSG to determine whether available times on Diermeier’s calendar were “appealing.” Student Affairs and Traci Ray, associate dean for student engagement and leadership, did not immediately respond to The Hustler’s request for comment about how times were determined to be unappealing to selected students. 

“I’m not mad, just disappointed that this is what we’ve come to expect from Diermeier. I hope that next year this event will return,” Sliman said.

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Josh Rehders ('24) is from Houston and is studying computer science in the School of Engineering. When he is not shooting for The Hustler, Vanderbilt Athletics or freelancing, he enjoys finding new music and good food. He can be reached at [email protected].
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Truth of ‘24
1 month ago

Glad Sam can say it how it is. The chancellor’s office has done nothing but mis-step since our class got to campus: covid social life, changing the logo, banning fun (wesley), vengeful suspensions, 100k+ tuition next year moving graduation, the wsj article, considering a palm beach campus (boggles my mind).

More importantly his lack of interest/ability in engaging with undergrads is becoming a big problem. It seems like our university is being managed by someone that never sets foot on campus.

Resignation/firing is coming soon for the Chancellor and his staff. I hope they learn to engage their students as students rather an annuity check or permanently retire from education.

1 month ago

Some people are given too much freedom they start to forget who the boss is.