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Will it matter that we’re “woke”?

Will it matter that we’re “woke”?

Blane Kassa

February 11, 2018

On Feb. 1, Linda Sarsour, political activist and co-organizer of the Women’s March, came to Vanderbilt to speak at an event called “Intersectionality and Allyship.” Given Sarsour’s impressive activist track record, I figured that I could probably use the opportunity to feel momentarily empowered or e...

UPDATE: opinion piece on hazing

UPDATE: opinion piece on hazing

Sarah Friedman, Senior Writer

February 6, 2018

This morning, an opinion article was posted on the Vanderbilt Hustler website regarding fraternity hazing. The piece did not go through the appropriate editorial channels or comply with the Hustler's editorial standards. In response, the piece has been removed from the website, and leadership at the...

Vanderbilt needs to improve its accessibility to computer science

Vanderbilt needs to improve its accessibility to computer science

Naveen Krishnan

January 21, 2018

The study of computer science has seen astronomical growth in colleges across the country as students gravitate towards the discipline. Coding is becoming a necessary skill, resulting in a positive job outlook in an industry growing much faster than the national average. The pool of available jobs is larger than the pool of computer science students, and the jo...

Our obligations at Vanderbilt eclipse our appreciation of the people back home

Our obligations at Vanderbilt eclipse our appreciation of the people back home

Todd Polk

January 19, 2018

“Todd, there’s an incoming ballistic missile heading towards Hawaii. No matter what happens, know that I love you.” It was 12:14 PM on Saturday when I heard those words from my father, a workaholic who had said the word “love” fewer than five times in his entire life. During that 57 second phone ...

Consent is not a nicety

Consent is not a nicety

Anonymous

January 15, 2018

It was the first weekend back from winter break. Everyone wanted to get all their fun in before they had to buckle down for the semester. After going out, I woke up the next morning, got breakfast and listened to my friends describe their nights. One of my friends said that he was at a pregame, talking to a gi...

Switch your voter registration to Tennessee

Switch your voter registration to Tennessee

Max Schulman, Opinion Editor

January 12, 2018

Midterm elections are like stay at-home moms: often overlooked, but very important. And with the craziness of the 24-hour news cycle, it can be easy to forget that there’s a national election this year. But it’s imperative that we pay attention to this one. If you oppose the president’s agenda, it...

The zeal of political correctness should translate into economic decisions

The zeal of political correctness should translate into economic decisions

Jorge Salles Diaz

January 10, 2018

I was at my friend Daniel’s place in December. We were grabbing a beer, talking philosophy, and trying to assimilate the semester that had just ended. We went back and forth thinking about school, friends we might not see again and our respective experiences at Vandy. Daniel discussed how he had...

Revisiting the quota system as a replacement for affirmative action

Revisiting the quota system as a replacement for affirmative action

Yuhang Zhang

January 7, 2018

Last month, the Department of Justice launched an investigation of Harvard University, that lightning-rod of higher-ed, for its affirmative action practices. The Department claims Harvard may have violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against applicants based on race. Regardless of ...

The net neutrality repeal is an attack on small publications

The net neutrality repeal is an attack on small publications

Editorial Board

December 16, 2017

This week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the net neutrality rules established under the Obama administration. The once bipartisan mandate that all information on the internet should be treated equally was abolished with a party-line vote; the Republican appointees were in favor of the repea...

Are we really that woke?

Are we really that woke?

Jorge Salles Diaz

December 3, 2017

The culture wars have been at the center stage of our political discourse for some time now, and it’s about time we contextualize them. While it is true that people voted for Trump due to cultural anxiety, they also did so out of a deep dissatisfaction with the so-called “establishment”. &nbs...

The GOP tax plan does more damage than you think

The GOP tax plan does more damage than you think

Max Schulman, Opinion Editor

December 2, 2017

Senate Republicans just approved a package, with near unanimity, that does more harm and is more unpopular than any major legislative bill in modern American history. The Trump tax plan was rushed through the Senate as ZBTennessee was winding down. Senators received a copy of the bill only five hours before the floor vote. The only people awake to see the vote were insomniacs and partying college students. When legislation isn’t good enough t...

Caution: Construction of Rape Culture in Progress

Caution: Construction of Rape Culture in Progress

Anonymous

November 29, 2017

Content warning: sexual assault, suicide, and self-harm Note: Sexual assault affects people of all genders. I am speaking from my own experience as a woman, so I have chosen to focus on how rape culture affects women. That does not lessen the impact it has on non-binary individuals and men. I will b...

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