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Month: June 2022

How the Russo-Ukrainian War is Affecting Food Prices
All Posts, Economy and Government

How the Russo-Ukrainian War is Affecting Food Prices

By: Ron Ye Around the world, food is getting increasingly expensive. The war in Ukraine and COVID-19 are the main factors behind it. COVID-19 has led to supply issues, growing inflation, and labor shortages. This has caused a surge in food prices in 2021 as countries reopened and demand increased. Now, compounded with the war in Ukraine, the rise in food prices has become more noticeable. Russia is now closed off from trade due to sanctions and Ukraine is unable to keep up its food export due to the Russian invasion.  An Analysis The rise in food prices may not stop anytime soon. According to the USDA, the harvest for Ukrainian wheat planted last autumn begins in late June. This comprises a majority of the wheat from Ukraine. With the harvest not occurring until late Jun...
The Financial Implications of Divesting
All Posts, Sustainability

The Financial Implications of Divesting

By: Rohan Upadhyay On February 16th, Dores Divest filed a legal complaint - alongside students at Stanford, Yale, MIT, and Princeton - with the Tennessee attorney general to compel Vanderbilt to divest from fossil fuel investments. The complaint invoked the Tennessee Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA), which states that nonprofit funds must invest responsibly with regard to the community’s well-being. They argue that Vanderbilt disregards this principle.  To learn more about the motivations, arguments and goals of the complaint, I spoke with Miguel Moravec, a co-founder of Dores Divest. I also spoke with Joshua Doh, a student organizer for the group who also interned at Commonfund Capital where he gained insight on endowment investing.  H...
It’s Time to Actually Reopen The Pub
All Posts, Opinion

It’s Time to Actually Reopen The Pub

By: Shane Mumma Image: Photo taken by Shane Mumma during one of The Pub’s pop-up February 2022 events “It was one of the most popular places on campus,” Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG) Senator and graduating senior Joshua Kayiwa said of The Pub, “Even pre-pandemic, you’d have to order ahead to get your meal. That’s how popular it was.” Colloquially known around campus simply as ‘The Pub,’ The Pub at Overcup Oak above Rand dining hall has become a legend known only to a shrinking portion of the Vanderbilt population. Shuttered since the Spring 2020 semester with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beloved Pub is yet to make a full, triumphant return to campus. With such a long hiatus, only current juniors and seniors (excluding transfer students who came after the pande...