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The Vanderbilt Hustler and Hot Takes Podcast: How the College Bribery Scandal Reflects on Vanderbilt

Sunset over E Bronson Ingram Hall and Kirkland Hall on Sep. 27, 2018. Photo by Madison Lindeman

Zeke Berger, Author

March 25, 2019

In this episode of The Vanderbilt Hustler and Hot Takes podcast, Opinion editor Max Schulman sits down with host Zeke Berger to discuss wealth inequality in college admissions. Is donating a building different from bribing an admissions officer? How will the scandal affect the college admissions process?...

RICE: Vanderbilt needs a 24/7 gym

Vanderbilt's Alumni Gym

Tim Rice, Author

March 24, 2019

The importance of regular exercise on overall well-being has been proven in countless studies, and is increasingly being linked to academic performance and mental health, too. From my casual observations of our student body, I’d say Vanderbilt is generally a “fit” school – most students recog...

On whiteboard markers and the importance of small things

Expo markers

Winston Du, Author

March 19, 2019

There’s an oft-told, apocryphal story about President John F. Kennedy when he visited NASA in 1961. The President took a wrong turn and happened to run into a janitor carrying a broom. Curious, President Kennedy asked what the janitor was doing. As the legend goes, the janitor responded with these wo...

The Vanderbilt Hustler and Hot Takes Podcast: Vanderbilt Student Government elections

The Vanderbilt Hustler and Hot Takes Podcast: Vanderbilt Student Government elections

Zeke Berger

March 17, 2019

Both presidential candidates for VSG sit down to discuss their candidacies

Roundtable: Which Democratic presidential candidates will most appeal to young voters?

Bernie Sanders (pictured here in 2016) launched his second campaign on February 19, 2019.

Opinion Staff

March 15, 2019

Content warning: sexual harassment The transcript below has been edited for clarity and flow. Voters won’t hit the polls to select the Democratic nominee for 2020 for about a year, but most of the major candidates have already jumped in. Young voters are a key constituency in the Democratic b...

Meme Culture dilutes discussion of real issues

By Ralph Arvesen from Round Mountain, Texas - 21 Savage performing in Austin, Texas (2016-06-16), CC BY 2.0,

Kelvin Boateng

March 14, 2019

On Feb. 3, popular rapper 21 Savage, born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Johnson, was stopped while driving in Atlanta and arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. An ICE official would later specify that Abraham-Johnson had, like millions of people in the past few decades, originally been brought to the United States as a child, overstayed hi...

SCHULMAN: Ralph Northam and his ilk are not going to resign. That’s a huge problem for accountability on college campuses.

Two college students

Max Schulman, Opinion Editor

March 10, 2019

Content warning: racism and sexual assault You probably remember the media circus in Virginia about a month ago. On Feb. 1, right-wing outlet Big League Politics released a disturbing photo from Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook – on Northam’s page was a picture of two men, one in blackface and one in Ku Klux Klan robes. ...

BUSSMANN: Vanderbilt students should receive more than half of Bush Chancellor Lecture Series tickets

White House photo portrait, 2001. Photo by Eric Draper.

Alexa Bussmann, Content Development Director

February 28, 2019

When Vanderbilt University students, faculty and staff filled out the interest form for a ticket to hear former President George W. Bush speak at the Chancellor’s Lecture Series, the form notified applicants that half of tickets will go to students and half will go to faculty and staff via random selection. For the 2018-2019 academic year,...

OPINION: Affinity groups give LGBT students in Greek life a place where they can be comfortable with their identities

Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center. Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler


February 26, 2019

At almost every weekly chapter meeting, my sorority hosts a few visitors from other campus organizations to talk about some event they’re having or try to recruit new members. To be honest, it’s usually stuff I’m not super interested in, and I tend to forget about them pretty quickly after th...

O’BRIEN: What’s the deal with the Green New Deal?

Sunrise Movement National. Photo by Nelson Klein.

Alexa O'Brien

February 24, 2019

“Moderate” positions are anything but moderate when the problem we face comes with its own deadline. The planet does not care if realistic solutions to warming are bipartisan or not. As climate activist Bill McKibben puts it, “This is a fight between human beings and physics, and physics is complete...

LIU: Greek Life is for international students, too

Corrine Liu

February 15, 2019

The door swung open, and, from then on, everything was a blur. Maybe my brain stopped functioning in the 30-degree weather. Regardless, it was not until the third night of recruitment week that I finally started to have vivid recollections. There was roll-calling, girls missing, girls crying after roun...

LOU: Calling out the catcallers on the streets and in the classroom

Jogger in Upper East Side New York City. Photo by Ed Yourdon.

Klara Lou

February 8, 2019

Content warning: sexual harassment and sexual assault In the age of #MeToo, activists have spurred a surge in awareness of the realities of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Despite the movement’s success, the culture surrounding sexual harassment has largely remained the same – at least i...