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 [...] – 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 [...]

#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 [...]

The Real Winner in Super Tuesday?

While Super Tuesday saw Mitt Romney strengthen his delegate totals, Rick Santorum would not be dispatched so easily. For much of the night, it appeared as if Santorum might pull out an upset win in the crucial swing state of Ohio, only to be overtaken by Romney as the night wore on. The message coming from [...]

Vanderbilt Invisible Children announcement

You’ve probably seen or heard stuff about Kony on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a special announcement from Vanderbilt Invisible Children about next week’s important event. Hope to see you there! At 6 p.m. on Friday, March 16th, Vanderbilt Invisible Children will host the Invisible Children Roadies in Furman 114.  Invisible Children is a non-profit organization that promotes peace in central Africa by [...]