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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.

Palestine solidarity encampment ends, students intend to return in fall

Protesters voluntarily took down the 40-day-long encampment on May 4, the date of residence hall closure for non-graduating students.
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Josh Rehders
The Palestine Solidarity Encampment in front of Kirkland Hall at Vanderbilt University, as photographed on April 26, 2024. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders)

Vanderbilt Divest Coalition dismantled its Palestine solidarity encampment on May 4, the official move-out date for non-graduating students. The encampment, which lasted 40 days, began as a sign of support for the 27 student protesters who occupied Kirkland Hall from March 26-27.

VDC protesters announced the conclusion of the encampment on May 3 via Instagram and said they intend to continue their protest and activism for Palestine in the fall.

“Because most students cannot stay on campus during the summer, and it will no longer be safe to continue, camp will be taken down on May 4,” the post reads. “But to the Vanderbilt administrators monitoring this page, know that this is only the beginning.”

Over the next few months, VDC said they plan to continue coalition-building efforts and strengthen existing relationships with organizations like Nashville’s Palestine Hurra Collective, with whom they organized a march across campus on May 1.

The university declined to comment on whether any negotiations have taken place between administration and the protesters and reaffirmed its stance of not adopting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions measures, “unless required by law.”

“Student Affairs reached out to the students at the encampment Friday morning, May 3, to understand their timeline for breaking down and removing the tents on Kirkland lawn,” a university representative said in an email to The Hustler. “We learned late Friday the students decided to break down the camp.”

Other university administrations have entered negotiations with their students’ pro-Palestine protesters, resulting in mutual agreements to end the encampments. Following five-day student sit-ins, the University of California Riverside promised to disclose its investments, and California State University Sacramento committed to divestment. Vanderbilt declined to comment on whether it has been monitoring other university administrations’ actions.



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Brina Ratangee
Brina Ratangee, Editorial Director
Brina Ratangee ('24) is a student in the College of Arts and Science majoring in medicine, health & society and neuroscience. She previously served as News Editor. When not writing for The Hustler, she enjoys trivia nights, solving NYT crosswords and biking around Nashville. You can reach her at [email protected].
Josh Rehders
Josh Rehders, Former Photography Director
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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Bridget
28 days ago

Jail, expel any American citizen and/or student who supports Islamonazi terrorists and deport the foreign nationals and illegals.

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Brooklyn
1 month ago

Does anyone know if there is a keffiyeh in Pride Month colors? I’d love to have one for June and October. Also, it would be super cute to wear in Dubai this summer.

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Tania Hobbs
1 month ago

As a residents of Nashville, it is very saddening that students are protesting against people who are supposed to protect and educated them. To have a democratic mindset. It is saddening that the Deen of Vanderbilt is not on the side of the students and if I was a parent that spent my money for my child to go to a school of this manor I would withdrawal my investments from this school and put my child where they have the freedom of speech and a real education. An education that is not built on discrimination against another race. This is 2024 not 1950s but I guess people’s mindset have not evolved properly.

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Bridget
28 days ago
Reply to  Tania Hobbs

You are the one who needs the education.