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AMMISETTY: What having my bike stolen taught me about racial profiling

Krishna Ammisetty, Staff Columnist

Krishna Ammisetty

November 7, 2016

“The suspect is described as a black male with a small afro, approximately 20 to 30 years of age, 6’ to 6’3” in height, wearing a black shirt and grey camouflage pants.” This is an excerpt from the very first email I received from VUPD, regarding a robbery of the Taco Bell inside the Vander...

YUAN: So you want to be an RA

Kathy Yuan, Opinion Editor

Kathy Yuan

October 31, 2016

I know the season is upon us — for first-years, just barely settling into the college routine; for sophomores, emerging more eagerly from the social groups they solidified last spring; for juniors like me, wondering if we can still make a difference. Applications for Resident Adviser positions may ...

BRUCE: A better objective for a Vanderbilt education

BRUCE: A better objective for a Vanderbilt education

Leslie Bruce

October 26, 2016

There’s a certain type of guilt that accompanies relief. When you receive an offer for your dream job, then listen as your best friend frantically second-guesses her decision to pursue the career she’s revered since she was seven. When you take pride in knowing you are one of the “happiest stud...

LI: When “following your passion” isn’t so straightforward

LI: When “following your passion” isn’t so straightforward

Alice Li

October 24, 2016

Before college, I once had a teacher who told stories about how she had wanted to become a teacher ever since the age of three. She would describe how she came from a family of educators, how she played “school” with her siblings as a little girl, and how the drive to teach had motivated her thro...

NZEGWU: Misinterpreting the Outstanding Senior award

Chukwukpee Nzegwu, Vanderbilt Programming Board Homecoming Co-Chair

Chukwukpee Nzgewu

October 17, 2016

From serving as an Outstanding Senior chair to now a VPB Homecoming Chair, I find myself at odds with the ramifications of running the “Outstanding Senior” process. The process isn’t clean and there are always hurt feelings and misunderstandings. I understand where these feelings are coming from;...

HONG: Breaking the glass display of the international experience

HONG: Breaking the glass display of the international experience

Justine Hong

October 17, 2016

Arrival is turbulent. The shaky plane speeds across the rough concrete before gradually decelerating. Initially tense, my nerves slowly resettle. Through the tiny rectangular windows, a warm stream of early morning sunlight reveals wide green hills and the clear sky. The air is fresh and free of smog. ...

Another year, another Most Outstanding White Senior

Photo courtesy of Thomas Shannan

Thomas Shannan

October 12, 2016

In 2004, Vanderbilt made national news when a gay student, a male senior, ran for Homecoming queen. In 2005, the university discontinued the tradition of Mr. and Ms. Vanderbilt in an attempt to move away from the gendered popularity contest toward a more egalitarian recognition of student excellence...

WHEAT: I’m Asian, I don’t use the n-word and neither should you

Photo by Ziyi Liu

Tam Wheat

October 10, 2016

I am a Vietnamese American first-year student at Vanderbilt University who, candidly, has had enough with the slipshod utterances that manage to escape the mouths of my fellow non-Black peers. “I’m from Thailand. I can say n****r. Blacks don’t have beef with me —” and so the conversation goes. T...

ROTTMAN: When some beliefs are better

Dominic Rottman, Staff Columnist

Dominic Rottman

October 3, 2016

Let’s begin with a simple thought experiment. Adam believes that no beliefs are better than others, while Sally believes that some beliefs are better than others. With whom do you agree? If you agree with Sally, you believe that some beliefs are better than others. If you agree with Adam, you ...

HINSON: Counting your spoons with an invisible illness

HINSON: Counting your spoons with an invisible illness

Lizzie Hinson

September 26, 2016

There’s a great article on the internet about this thing called Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino. Now imagine you were handed a fistful of spoons. Each spoon represents a decision to spend energy on something. While most people have unlimited spoons to use throughout the day, you’ve only bee...

KOEPP: Learning humility in and out of the classroom

KOEPP: Learning humility in and out of the classroom

Charles Koepp

September 19, 2016

I can still remember my first visit to Vanderbilt after being accepted quite vividly. As part of a weekend-long open house for prospective students, I, along with my dad, made the nine-hour haul from Milwaukee to Nashville with the aim of more fully investigating the place I would call home for the next ...

BRADSHAW: Kissam — too big to succeed

Meredith Bradshaw, Guest Columnist

Kathy Yuan

September 15, 2016

I had no idea how miserable I was in Kissam until I lived in Towers. I spent a year and a half in Warren — in a double during its pilot year and then in a suite upon returning from a semester abroad. I want to be as fair as possible in my analysis of College Halls. I know Vanderbilt had grand plans for...