The Harm Done By Participation Trophies

In recent weeks, two occasions of sports teams “running up the score” have brought the debate around sportsmanship into national sports headlines.  The first occurred in the National Championship Game of the first College Football Playoff. Ohio State, already leading Oregon 35-20, scored a touchdown with 28 seconds left in the game, to give the [...]

Don’t Let Political Correctness Ruin Your Merry Christmas

Don’t Let Political Correctness Ruin Your Merry Christmas

Political correctness continues to infringe on many time-honored traditions.  From many areas of the Vanderbilt administration trying to call freshmen “first-year students” to the controversy surrounding the name of the Washington Redskins, all of it is pretty ridiculous, as they are just words.  One area in which political correctness really is going too far is [...]

The Shot Heard Round The World

Officer Darren Wilson fired the shot heard around the world in Ferguson, Missouri this August.  Well, actually it was more than six shots, according to most sources.  And they all ended up in the body of Michael Brown, Jr.  Following one hundred days of madness, a grand jury in Ferguson chose not to indict Officer [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]