The Vanderbilt Hustler

Sam Zern

Sam Zern ('20) has been a member of The Vanderbilt Hustler since her freshman year, first as a staff writer and shortly after as assistant campus editor. She went on to be campus editor and, later, editor in chief. In her senior year at Vanderbilt, Sam is working as managing editor with the intention of streamlining recruitment and training processes.

In her time as a member of the editorial board, she has prioritized diversity and breadth in coverage, wanting to make sure as much of Vanderbilt as possible is represented in the paper. Outside of The Hustler, she studies education policy and sociology and has worked as a journalist for local publications in Austin and Nashville. She plans to pursue a career in journalism (and will gladly take any and all advice!)

Connect with Sam:
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Sam Zern, Former Managing Editor

Oct 28, 2019
“Send Silence Packing” display brings college suicide conversation to campus (Story)
Oct 17, 2019
Vanderbilt releases results from 2019 sexual assault, misconduct survey (Story)
Oct 15, 2019
Students, community “Show up for Cyrus” (Story)
Oct 11, 2019
First-year housing selection transitions to fully university-matched system (Story)
Sep 12, 2019
VPR deletes, responds to op-ed questioning Chinese international students in America (Story)
Sep 10, 2019
Students want focus on diversity, inclusion from next chancellor (Story)
Aug 30, 2019
Tailgate season kicks off with guest lists, attendance caps and backyard fencing (Story)
Aug 23, 2019
Student reports racist image in class slides (Story)
Aug 22, 2019
NPHC house to open September following delays (Story)
Jul 12, 2019
#MeTooSTEM founder leaves Vanderbilt (Story)
Jun 21, 2019
Mayor Briley calls for end to scooter pilot program (Story)
May 13, 2019
Tour Guides choose to forego compensation, remain student organization (Story)
Apr 28, 2019
Vanderbilt professor’s book talk disrupted by white nationalists (Story)
Apr 22, 2019
Letter from the Editor: Thanks y’all (Story)
Apr 18, 2019
IN PHOTOS: Students demonstrate as Cyrus Wilson’s parole hearing moves forward (Story)
Apr 16, 2019
Cyrus Wilson is fighting for justice, but he is not alone (Story)
Apr 11, 2019
Soulja Boy arrested ahead of Rites performance (Story)
Apr 02, 2019
Administration agrees to provide compensation for tour guides at expense of student organizational structure (Story)
Apr 02, 2019
Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos announces he will step down in August (Story)
Mar 25, 2019
Vanderbilt responds to Trump’s free speech executive order (Story)
Mar 21, 2019
Students march petitions to Chancellor’s office in support of Dr. Bethann McLaughlin (Story)
Mar 20, 2019
Vanderbilt suspends Concert Choir after racist party theme (Story)
Mar 20, 2019
Lead from the Outside: Abrams speaks to her book, her defeat and her future (Story)
Mar 19, 2019
Vanderbilt mourns victims of terrorist attack in New Zealand, stands with Muslim community on campus (Story)
Feb 28, 2019
Students stage sit-in to support Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin, #MeTooSTEM (Story)
Feb 24, 2019
#MeToo STEM founder Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin is fighting for tenure at Vanderbilt (Story)
Feb 08, 2019
$10,000 worth of BhangraDores property thrown away, sparking conversations around cultural competency (Story)
Feb 03, 2019
Q&A with John Clemmons, the state representative challenging David Briley for Nashville mayor (Story)
Jan 21, 2019
When Martin Luther King Jr. came to Vanderbilt (Story)
Jan 18, 2019
Protestors call Sen. Flake “coward,” “hypocrite” outside of Chancellor’s Lecture (Story)
Dec 05, 2018
Vanderbilt, Accommodated: Students with disabilities express concerns as university begins to address accessibility (Story)
Nov 30, 2018
Students alerted to off-campus armed robbery (Story)
Nov 29, 2018
Under proposed Title IX changes, uncertainty and caution color campus conversation (Story)
Nov 26, 2018
Graduate student passes away after year-long cancer battle (Story)
Nov 15, 2018
International Transgender Day of Remembrance honors lives lost to transphobia and bigotry (Story)
Nov 01, 2018
Vanderbilt responds to sexual misconduct allegations against David Sweatt (Story)
Oct 31, 2018
Off-campus housing eligibility expands to third years (Story)
Oct 29, 2018
Vanderbilt mourns lives lost in Pittsburgh (Story)
Oct 14, 2018
Vanderbilt’s acceptance rate hits all time low as university pursues proactive recruitment strategies (Story)
Sep 11, 2018
VUPD investigating two indecent exposure incidents on campus (Story)
Sep 02, 2018
Student publication New Dawn highlights Black voices, creatives on campus (Story)
Aug 19, 2018
Letter from the Editor: Welcome back, Vanderbilt (Story)
Aug 02, 2018
University investigation shows racist email came from external attack (Story)
Jul 31, 2018
Administration’s response to racist email proved lackluster to Black students on campus (Story)
Jun 20, 2018
Vanderbilt denies financial connections private prison company CoreCivic (Story)
May 09, 2018
The National enchants at Ascend Amphitheater (Story)
May 01, 2018
Q&A with Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense (Story)
Apr 26, 2018
IN PHOTOS: E. Bronson Ingram College Halls named for astronomer E.E. Barnard, journalist Christine Sadler (Story)
Apr 19, 2018
Determining responsibility: the Vanderbilt sexual assault reporting process (Story)
Apr 11, 2018
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Chancellor’s Lecture (Story)
Apr 03, 2018
Q&A with mayoral candidate Carol Swain (Story)
Mar 29, 2018
Administration responds to complaints regarding ticket availability for Joe Biden Chancellor’s Lecture (Story)
Mar 22, 2018
What to know ahead of Nashville March for Our Lives on March 24 (Story)
Mar 20, 2018
Voting for VSG student body exec, college councils now open (Story)
Mar 19, 2018
Construction on five Greek houses and a community event house to be complete by 2020 (Story)
Mar 14, 2018
Vanderbilt participates in National School Walkout (Story)
Mar 14, 2018
VSG Presidential candidates advocate for inclusivity, visibility in 2018 election (Story)
Mar 12, 2018
Students now able to select their own pronouns in YES (Story)
Mar 11, 2018
Vanderbilt’s Enough: National School Walkout to take place March 14 (Story)
Mar 08, 2018
Chancellor Zeppos joins peer institutions asking Congress to change endowment tax (Story)
Mar 02, 2018
VSG provides shuttles, Lyft codes for spring break transportation (Story)
Feb 26, 2018
Vanderbilt admissions will not penalize students punished for peaceful demonstrations (Story)
Feb 23, 2018
Iris Cafe to reopen Feb. 26 (Story)
Feb 23, 2018
Douglas alumni find strength in action after tragic school shooting (Story)
Feb 22, 2018
Q&A with Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO (Story)
Feb 11, 2018
New app aims to “crowdsource the classroom” (Story)
Feb 08, 2018
VUPD officers located individual involved in verbal altercation at VA hospital (Story)
Jan 30, 2018
VSG to host coffee chat at Local Java on Jan. 31 (Story)
Jan 29, 2018
Petition to change off-campus housing policy circulating Vanderbilt (Story)
Jan 26, 2018
OACS Director Dr. Clive Mentzel resigns (Story)
Jan 22, 2018
$600 million residential college project to be completed by 2023 (Story)
Jan 15, 2018
VSG talks first semester platform progress, end-of-year goals (Story)
Jan 11, 2018
Plan your MLK weekend: How and where to get involved (Story)
Jan 10, 2018
Chattanooga lawmaker introduces bill, reignites transgender bathroom debate (Story)
Nov 12, 2017
Vanderbilt Student Government talks upcoming large, small scale initiatives (Story)
Nov 09, 2017
West End parking lot to close over winter break (Story)
Nov 03, 2017
Vanderbilt joins peer universities in supporting DACA suit (Story)
Oct 26, 2017
Chancellor Zeppos elected vice chair of Association of American Universities (Story)
Oct 26, 2017
PCC to be replaced with University Counseling Center in 2018 (Story)
Oct 25, 2017
National Labor Relations Board rules in favor of faculty unionization effort (Story)
Oct 15, 2017
By the numbers: Vanderbilt Class of 2021 “most diverse, accomplished” in history (Story)
Sep 29, 2017
March for black women in STEM to take place Saturday, Sept. 30 (Story)
Sep 28, 2017
Q&A with Sally Yates, former United States Deputy Attorney General (Story)
Sep 28, 2017
Vanderbilt named tenth most innovative university in the world in Reuters Top 100 ranking (Story)
Sep 26, 2017
VSG budget increases funding for conferences, student engagement (Story)
Sep 14, 2017
Students respond to DACA decision (Story)
Sep 13, 2017
Students support hurricane relief efforts with ongoing donation drive (Story)
Sep 11, 2017
EDITOR’S MIX: Campus Editor Sam Zern (Story)
Sep 10, 2017
Peabody College celebrates “shared humanity” with march, vigil (Story)
Sep 07, 2017
New business minor named Hoogland Undergraduate Business Program following $5 million gift (Story)
Sep 05, 2017
University responds to Trump DACA decision (Story)
Aug 29, 2017
Melissa Thomas-Hunt hired as new Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence (Story)
Aug 25, 2017
Vanderbilt Incident Response for Travel team provides students with assistance abroad (Story)
Aug 24, 2017
Viewpoint diversity ranking gives Vanderbilt low marks for openness to conservative opinions (Story)
Aug 23, 2017
Wond’ry virtual reality lab to open in September (Story)
Aug 21, 2017
Campus dining changes bring new options, partnerships (Story)
Jul 12, 2017
Vanderbilt team receives $50k grant to combat fake news (Story)
Apr 20, 2017
FutureVU EXPO shows university plans to increase green spaces, sustainability long term (Story)
Apr 17, 2017
Non-tenure track faculty move forward with petition to unionize (Story)
Mar 27, 2017
Women Handling Business panel inspires, redefines innovation (Story)
Feb 06, 2017
What do you meme? A Q&A with “dank new rand memes” creator Phillip Goldberg (Story)
Jan 30, 2017
Vanderbilt senior Madelynne Myers crowned Miss Kentucky 2017 (Story)
Nov 28, 2016
Chancellor Zeppos responds to sanctuary campus demands (Story)
Nov 17, 2016
Hidden Dores Protest: One year later (Story)
Nov 01, 2016
Students show up en masse to counter Westboro Baptist Church protesters (Story)
Oct 21, 2016
Experience Vanderbilt begins first round of grant distributions (Story)
Oct 12, 2016
Controversial commentator Milo Yiannopoulos visits Vanderbilt (Story)
Sep 22, 2016
Lambda celebrates bisexuality “mini week” (Story)
Sep 15, 2016
Peabody Bridges provides underrepresented students in Peabody with resources (Story)
Sep 08, 2016
Marijuana decriminalization bill advances in Nashville Metro Council (Story)