The Vanderbilt Hustler

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

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

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...

Opinion: What Kamala Harris means to America’s first Black sorority

Opinion: What Kamala Harris means to America’s first Black sorority

Morgan Newman

February 7, 2019

For many, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) rings only the slightest of bells. When I mention that I am a part of the organization to non-Black people I often get confused stares or, occasionally, “oh the pink and green one!” But soon, it may become synonymous with presidential hopeful Kamala...

Opinion: Vandy isn’t “segregated”; it’s just that no one wants to be the “minority-friend”

Opinion: Vandy isn’t “segregated”; it’s just that no one wants to be the “minority-friend”

Miquéla Thornton

February 6, 2019

Content warning: racism, racial slurs It’s Wednesday. You have three morning classes and your last one just ended at noon. The lines in Rand are long as hell and all you want is a freaking sandwich. After what feels like a half hour, you finally get your perfect sandwich on sourdough and you...

Opinion: It is time for Vanderbilt students to reject Limes

Opinion: It is time for Vanderbilt students to reject Limes

Zeke Berger

February 1, 2019

There is little that so starkly manifests the predatory, greed-oriented predilections of our society than the acceptance of branded electric scooters such as Limes and Birds. For Vanderbilt students, it’s impossible to walk through the streets, on campus and on Nashville streets, without having to eithe...

Essay: Abortion in the Vanderbubble

Essay: Abortion in the Vanderbubble

Michaela Wiebe

January 31, 2019

In moments, the fear is dormant; in others, it is painfully acute. But for many Americans, our ears adjusted a long time ago to the chorus of messages which warn that the bodies we live in do not, in fact, belong to us – that no matter how fiercely we resist, there will always be holes in our armor t...

Opinion: The protests against Jeff Flake are a product of desperate assumptions

Opinion: The protests against Jeff Flake are a product of desperate assumptions

Will Fritzler, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 27, 2019

Initially, I was surprised to see him. He was standing a few paces away from the doors of Langford Auditorium, holding a sign that called Jeff Flake, former U.S. Senator and guest of Chancellor Zeppos and the university that night, a coward. Recent installments of the Chancellor's Lecture Series have hardly been controversial, with past speakers this year including a former NSA and CIA d...

Opinion: Cyntoia Brown’s clemency: One battle won in a war still fought

Opinion: Cyntoia Brown’s clemency: One battle won in a war still fought

Emma Stapleton

January 22, 2019

Earlier this month, Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown, a woman who was convicted at age 16 in 2006 for killing a man who had hired her as a prostitute. According to court documents, Johnny Alan, 43, had taken Brown to his home and shown her his firearms before the two got into bed together. At one point, Brown says she thought he was reaching under the bed...

Opinion: Panhellenic sorority rush is exhausting, toxic and exclusive

Opinion: Panhellenic sorority rush is exhausting, toxic and exclusive

Ashley Lavender

January 20, 2019

Many girls at Vanderbilt look forward to Panhellenic sorority rush before they even step foot on campus. The idea of belonging to a sorority preoccupies them for months on end. They meticulously pick outfits, scout out different chapters and prepare themselves for their introductions to each house. Greek Li...

Opinion: Our campus culture pressures women into unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies

Opinion: Our campus culture pressures women into unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies

Corrine Liu

January 13, 2019

Content warning: eating disordersDuring the last event of the Purpose, Authenticity, Transformation & Head/Heart Dialogue Program hosted by the Peabody Office of Professional and Graduate Education, Ivana Zacarias, M.Ed., shared her experience with anorexia nervosa, a chronic illness she fought ag...

Opinion: Vanderbilt should allow A&S students to take an AXLE class pass/fail

Opinion: Vanderbilt should allow A&S students to take an AXLE class pass/fail

Tim Rice

January 11, 2019

Vanderbilt’s website has an “about” section which prominently displays a quote that is likely meant to encapsulate the spirit of our university. It reads: “Over the years, we’ve discovered that you can’t contain a neuroscientist’s love of dance any more than a mechanical engineer’s fasc...

Response to Schulman’s attack on civility: putting reason over emotion

Response to Schulman’s attack on civility: putting reason over emotion

Jared Bauman

January 9, 2019

Max Schulman’s Jan. 6 opinion piece, “In the age of Trump, civility is overrated,” argues that civility and respect should no longer be priorities for progressives in the modern political climate. For Schulman, President Trump and his Republican supporters are so racist, so ignorant and so dang...

Opinion: In the age of Trump, civility is overrated

Opinion: In the age of Trump, civility is overrated

Max Schulman, Opinion Editor

January 6, 2019

Our current political climate is toxic. The two major parties have little ideological overlap. Democrats and Republicans have more negative feelings towards each other than at any point in recent history. The resulting partisan fighting led to three government shutdowns this past year. Of course, this needs fixing. Conservatives and liberals need to find common ground. We need to foster ho...