The Vanderbilt Hustler

Reconsidering our reactions to cases of sexual assault and harassment

Reconsidering our reactions to cases of sexual assault and harassment

Alice Li

November 26, 2017

Ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke out, an increasing number of women have stepped forward to share their experiences as victims of sexual misconduct. The list of men now facing claims of harassment and assault seems to get longer every week. Ben Affleck. Charlie Rose. Dustin Hoffman. It’s no...

In Defense of HOD

In Defense of HOD

Todd Polk

November 17, 2017

I’ll never forget the time I heard a biology major describe Human Organizational Development as “that major with the coloring books.” I can’t blame her for having such a thought. HOD is considered the joke major on campus. One only needs to look on Facebook or speak to a cynical engineering ...

On white people in diversity work

On white people in diversity work

Emma Mattson, Assistant Campus Editor

November 15, 2017

When I was a sophomore in high school, I joined a group called Peer Multicultural Educators. It put forward initiatives like orientations that prepared new students to participate in a diverse environment and educated them to prevent microaggressions. Being in PME was one of the most important parts...

Let’s be honest about why we’re here

Let’s be honest about why we’re here

Jorge Salles Diaz

November 14, 2017

For the majority of students at Vanderbilt, college is a way of getting somewhere else. We are here because Deloitte and JP Morgan don’t recruit at our state schools. We are here because top-ranked law schools and med schools prefer graduates from elite institutions. We are here because one day we ...

We don’t get to choose our fate

We don’t get to choose our fate

Max Schulman, Opinion Editor

November 8, 2017

After a night downtown, I stumbled back into North House. I saw some friends in the common room and we talked for a while. At around 2 a.m., we all got an email alert warning us of a nearby shooting. The shooter was nowhere near us, but we didn’t know that. So nine people crammed into my room. As soon a...

A response to Rottman’s opposition to an openness about sex

A response to Rottman’s opposition to an openness about sex

Courtney Sanders

November 5, 2017

In his piece “Openness about sex has gone too far,” Dominic Rottman seems to have asked himself all the right questions regarding sex on campus. But, he came up with the wrong answers. He asks, “Am I projecting the ethics and norms under which I was raised on others?” I would argue that the ans...

Letter from the Editor: On criticism of the opinion section

Letter from the Editor: On criticism of the opinion section

Sarah Friedman, Senior Writer

November 3, 2017

Dear readers, I want to write to you to let you know that I hear you. I hear your concerns about the Hustler’s opinion section, and I see your comments about the ideas displayed and the quality of writing. The fact that the Vanderbilt community is voicing these concerns gives me a perfect opportunity to ...

A case for answering honestly, “How are you?”

A case for answering honestly, “How are you?”

Emma Mattson, Assistant Campus Editor

November 3, 2017

I became an expert in short conversations when I started working the cash register at Rand. When I tally up the entrée and sides on a student’s tray, our conversation usually goes something like this: Me: Hi, how are you? Student: Good, and you? Me: Not bad, thanks. Meal plan? Student: Yep, thanks. M...

Trump’s reaction to the recent terror attack in New York is deeply hypocritical

Trump’s reaction to the recent terror attack in New York is deeply hypocritical

Max Schulman, Opinion Editor

November 2, 2017

On Halloween, Sayfullo Saipov drove a rental truck down a popular Manhattan bike path, killing eight and injuring many others. The attacker claimed to have terrorized New York in the name of ISIS. Unlike the shooting in Las Vegas, this attack can be attributed to a brown-skinned Muslim. Therefore, our presid...

The problem with sugar culture

The problem with sugar culture

Richard Philip

November 1, 2017

Who doesn’t cherish the sweet sugary taste of their favorite dessert? Personally, nothing beats mom’s hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top. But I could live without it. Without that delicious salad dressing at Leaf? Without the awesome greek yogurt that just became a side? Without...Ketchu...

Openness about sex has gone too far

Openness about sex has gone too far

Dominic Rottman

October 29, 2017

Reading through the Hustler digest keeps me from sleeping through my Monday morning alarm or hitting the snooze too many times—usually. Last week’s digest, however, made sure that I woke up. As I initially scrolled through the headlines, I could have sworn I read “your campus hookup stories.” What?...

Your attention is a valuable currency. You ought to think about how you spend it more carefully.

Your attention is a valuable currency. You ought to think about how you spend it more carefully.

Alex Luckerman

October 27, 2017

The market cap for Facebook is $508.18 billion, a company whose homepage proclaims that its namesake product is “free and always will be.” It’s not often most of us stop to think about where all that value is coming from, but the answer is deceivingly simple: we’re the source. A quote from Andrew...

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