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An Incomer’s Guide to Vandy Lingo

Branscomb – Upperclass dorms on Greek row; consists of Lupton, Vaughn, Stapleton, and Scales. Vanderbilt’s party dorm. Highland – Upperclass housing by the Rec center; consists of Morgan, Lewis, Mayfields, and Chaffins. On the Card – Restaurants and services (both on and off campus) that take Meal Money. Unfortunately does not include Lacoste. The Wall [...]

Don’t Leave the Rodeo Just Yet: The (Non) Issue of Texas Secession

In the few months since the November 2012 presidential election, the state of Texas has been ablaze with that ages-old and quintessentially Texan question—to secede, or not to secede?  Deeply frustrated by the re-election of President Obama, many conservative and Republican Texans have been throwing around the idea more and more seriously, citing the supposed [...]

Who is Gary Johnson?

When asked this question on a AMA (“ask me anything”), the Libertarian presidential candidate answered, “Entrepreneur, athlete, former governor of New Mexico. This guy has a resume that would suggest that he is going to doggedly pursue everything he is talking about.” He turned his one-man handyman business into one of the most successful [...]

Beating China with Policy Creativity

By Ian Duncan It would seem as though at first glance linking Friday’s dismal jobs report to the People’s Republic of China would scream “outsourcing”, “higher tariffs”, or for some “Bain Capital”. For this economist, however, those international tools from antiquity in this modern globalized market mean only higher prices on U.S. shelves, and less [...] – Worth a Read

Hey Everyone, Here at the Torch we wanted to share a quick link with you. College Insurrection is a new website by noted blogger and Cornell Professor of Law William Jacobson. The site’s goal is to provide a fresh perspective on conservative and libertarian values on college campuses across the nation. Check out their website [...]

Interested in joining the Torch’s staff?

We hope you are as excited as we are for the upcoming school year! The Vanderbilt Torch is Vanderbilt University’s only source for conservative and libertarian commentary. In addition to maintaining this website and our blog, the Torch  publishes eight print issues on Vanderbilt’s campus each year. If you are a Vanderbilt student interested in [...]

#WeAreVanderbiltToo (Round 2) Events

The white crosses are back. As the Board of Trust meets again this week, the religious organizations of Vanderbilt Solidarity—along with Vanderbilt Catholic and the Thomas More Society—have made plans to make their voices heard. These thirteen student organizations have open acknowledged that they anticipate being considered unregistered organizations in the fall. The Board of [...]


Ah the life of a President- not really being able to say what you want to say. A few weeks ago President Obama came under fire for not realizing his mic was on and saying what he really wanted to say. The gaffe happened while talking to Russian President, “Give me space. This is my [...]