Victory and Protest

First things first: Congratulations to all our Graduates on a job well done!

This past week, I had the privilege of interviewing two people who are part of the Vanderbilt community.  First up, was Professor Thomas Schwartz, professor of political science.  He helped me unpack some of the events surrounding the assassination of Osama bin Laden.  I talked about the long term impact to both our national security, and to President Obama’s legacy and political future.  It’s an interesting and complex time for us in America and Professor Schwartz offers some great insights. 

Vanderbilt University has some really talented, smart and dynamic students.  As details emerge about the university’s plans to build a satellite education campus in Abu Dhabi, one student group is fired up about it and is taking their protest to the streets and the boardroom.  Senior David Pasch has organized Students Against Vanderbilt in the Emirates, or SAVE.  The group has succeeded in getting the university Board of Directors to hold off on a deal with Abu Dhabi until their Fall meeting, giving the school community time to learn more about the proposed campus.  I talked to David, who just happens to be a friend of my son (also a Vandy senior), to learn more about their campaign.  He’s a terrific young man with focus and drive.  Listen to his interview, then check out the group’s Facebook page to get involved. 

Well, that’s about it for this week.  One last thing, Happy 18th Birthday to my son Brian, Happy Graduation to my son Paul!  What a week!  Go ‘Dores!!!!!

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