Life

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Sorority recruitment, basketball & more

Vanderbilt women participate in Formal Sorority Recruitment on Friday, January 19, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow covers the Vanderbilt campus on Tuesday, January 17, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Vanderbilt experiences more snowfall on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Photo by Emily Goncalves)
Protesters demonstrate in downtown Nashville as a part of the Women’s March 2.0 on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Mayor of Clarksville Kim McMillan helped lead the marchers. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
The Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball team tops the LSU Tigers at home on January 20th, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
Arlie on Friday, January 19, 2018. (Photo by Brent Szklaruk)
The “Listen With Me” campaign raises awareness with a demonstration outside of Rand on Friday, January 19, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Vanderbilt women participate in Formal Sorority Recruitment on Friday, January 19, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Protesters demonstrate in downtown Nashville as a part of the Women’s March 2.0 on Saturday, January 20, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Arlie on Friday, January 19, 2018. (Photo by Brent Szklaruk)
The Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball team tops the LSU Tigers at home on January 20th, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
The Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball team tops the LSU Tigers at home on January 20th, 2018. (Photo by Brent Szklaruk)
Vanderbilt women participate in Formal Sorority Recruitment on Saturday, January 20, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
MLK Day Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2018. (Photo by Madison Lindeman)
Protesters demonstrate in downtown Nashville as a part of the Women’s March 2.0 on Saturday, January 20, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
The Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball team tops the LSU Tigers at home on January 20th, 2018. (Photo by Brent Szklaruk)
Vanderbilt experiences more snowfall on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Photo by Emily Goncalves)
Vanderbilt women participate in Formal Sorority Recruitment on Friday, January 19, 2018. The BCM served as a break room for the ladies between rounds. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Protesters demonstrate in downtown Nashville as a part of the Women’s March 2.0 on Saturday, January 20, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Women’s Basketball on Thursday, January 18, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
The Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball team tops the LSU Tigers at home on January 20th, 2018. (Photo by Brent Szklaruk)
Protesters demonstrate in downtown Nashville as a part of the Women’s March 2.0 on Saturday, January 20, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)

Photos by Claire Barnett, Emily Goncalves, Madison Lindeman, Ziyi Liu, Hunter Long & Brent Szklaruk // The Vanderbilt Hustler

IN PHOTOS: Women’s March 2.0

Fifteen thousand Tennesseans marched through downtown Nashville in support of women and other underprivileged groups

Arlie is the biggest band coming out of your backyard

The band talks origin stories, music and their fans

category: Featured, Life, Music

Plan your week (1/22-1/26)

Looking to try something new this week? Peruse the events below and make a point to attend something outside of your comfort zone. For more offerings, check out Anchor Link.

Disclaimer: Source of event information is Anchor Link and Facebook

Educational

Source: Facebook

What: Jackson Film Screening
When: Monday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Sarratt Cinema
Why: Jackson examines the inaccessibility of abortion in the U.S. through the depiction of the lives of three women in Jackson, Mississippi who are trying to navigate the tense national landscape regarding abortion access. After the film is shown, there will be a discussion and an opportunity for audience questions.
Who: Martha Cuninggim Women’s Center

What: Holocaust Lecture Series: “Where Memory Leads”
When: Friday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Board of Trust Room, Student Life Center
Why: Jennifer Teege, an international best-selling author, will be the HLS keynoter for spring semester. She will give a lecture entitled, “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past.”
Who: Jennifer Teege, in the Holocaust Lecture Series

Sports

(Photo by Ziyi Liu)

What: Men’s Basketball at University of Tennessee
When: Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Why: Support the ‘dores as they take on the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Who: Vanderbilt Athletics

What: Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
When: Tuesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bridgestone Arena
Why: Head to Bridgestone Arena to watch the Nashville Predators take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Who: Nashville Predators

Cultural

What: The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World
When: Thursday, January 25 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Law School, the Covington Room
Why: Oona Hathaway of Yale Law School is coming to lecture on her book The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World, which examines the international system that outlawed wars of aggression, bringing increased stability to the world map.
Who: The International Legal Studies Program, welcoming Oona Hathaway

What: Low Cut Connie at Mercy Lounge
When: Thursday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Mercy Lounge
Why: Check out a band who’s made Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2017 and President Obama’s 2015 summer playlist.
Who: Low Cut Connie

Recreational

What: VPB’s Casino Royale
When: Friday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Where: Student Life Center
Why: VPB is transforming the SLC into a casino complete with mocktails, food, raffles, and a limited supply of the coveted Comfort Colors event tees. Show up with your friends, your luck, and your best James Bond references for what’s sure to be a great night.
Who: VPB’s The Venue

What: Nada
When: Anytime
Where: 202 21st Ave S
Why: Check out the new taco joint Nada and switch up your Vandy dining routine with something a little more fun.
Who: Foodies

Arts

What: Picture Me!, in conjunction with FAMOUS! (and not-so-famous): Polaroids by Andy Warhol
When: Thursday, January 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery (Cohen Hall)
Why: While there’s plenty of time to peruse the Fine Art Gallery’s new exhibit which features polaroids taken by Andy Warhol, on Thursday museum goers have the chance to interact with the art by taking some polaroids themselves. It’s the perfect opportunity to get some free food, have a quick photoshoot, and get in your culture for the day.
Who: Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery

What: I, Tonya
When: Now playing
Where: The Belcourt
Why: Get into the Olympic spirit and delve into the controversy surrounding Tonya Harding’s rise and fall in the ranks of U.S. Figure Skating.
Who: Tonya Harding

Health & Wellness

What: Vinyasa at Vanderbilt
When:Tuesday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kissam C210 MPR
Why: Vandy students will have a chance to find their zen as the semester picks up in an open yoga class, provided by Shakti Power Yoga. The hour long class will feature catering from the Sunflower cafe, and mats will be provided.
Who: CHAARG, partnering with Warren and Moore College Halls

What: Vandy Cooks: Warm Up with Soups
When: Friday, January 26 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt’s Recreation & Wellness Center
Why: Taste test and learn the recipes for a selection of healthy soups, perfect to warm you up in the cold weather.
Who: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center


category: Featured, Life

Vanderbilt Off-Broadway presents Greenday’s “American Idiot”

The show was performed Jan. 11, 13 and 14 despite backlash from the Vanderbilt theatre community over its angsty and politically charged content

Stay fit during the coldest months in Nashville

A snow day can be stressful for those who rely on regular spin classes at the Rec Center or jogs around campus. However, a snow day does not necessarily mean that you’re snowed in. Whether you choose to brave the outdoors for your daily sweat session or remain indoors to sport your favorite running shorts, these eight workout ideas will help any gym rat survive the most brutal winter weather.

1. Online videos

When the hike to the nearest on campus gym is even more perilous than those intimidating barbells in the corner, online workout videos are a great alternative. For some videos, weights, resistance bands or a yoga mat may be needed, but for many, one’s body weight is sufficient. A personal favorite is fitness and health guru Christine Bullock, who has a series of free workout videos on YouTube, as well as workouts that are downloadable from her website, christinebullock.com. Evolution 20 (total of twelve 20-minute workouts) is $32.95, and Super Shredded (total of four 20-minute workouts) is $24.95. Bullock offers modified alternatives to difficult exercises as well as advanced moves.

2. Dorm stairs as a track

If jogging is more your speed, running up and down the stairs in your dorm is a fantastic option. The landings often have enough space for cardio bursts such as jumping jacks and knee pulls, as well as for deep stretches. One idea is to start at the bottom level and run all the way to the top of the building to warm up, stretch at the top level and continue to go up and down the stairs. Just remember to cool down, or you could risk sore or pulled muscles.

3. Do you want to build a snowman?

Building a snowman is a creative way to break a sweat while still having fun with friends. As everyone who grew up in a state with snowy winters, this activity starts off being easy but then literally snowballs into exercise that incorporates cardio and weight lifting.

4. Let’s throw snow

Snowball fights are perfect for competitive, mischievous friend groups. Vanderbilt’s campus is especially conducive to these melees because its numerous buildings, trees, bushes and sculptures can act as makeshift ambush spots and walls of protection. Snowball fights are a high-energy way to practice agility and speed.

5. Snow sports

Just because the temperature is low and snow covers the ground does not mean that football, soccer or any other game is off the table. This option is especially good when the snow is not fantastic for making snowballs or snowmen, but you still want to do a group activity with your friends. Make sure to wear shoes with some grip, such as winter boots, and bundle up with some extra padding in case you slip.

6. Zen walk

A hike across campus is a very simple and peaceful way for light-to-moderate exercise. You can go alone or with a group, perhaps even setting a museum, restaurant or coffee shop as your final destination. Add in a photoshoot or pit stops at interesting stores to spice up the trip or get some hot chocolate at Munchie Mart or Starbucks to keep you warm as you explore.

7. Lunch tray sledding

Sledding on cardboard boxes or lunch trays down campus hills is another great option for hanging out with friends that doubles as a fairly intense workout. Most of the exertion comes from running back up the hill while dragging a sheet of cardboard. Sledding down is more than worth the frantic scrambles up the incline afterward.


category: Featured, Life

Plan your weekend (1/19-1/21)

We’re looking ahead to a weekend of games, comedy and Nashville’s Women’s March (2.0). It’s up to you to seize these opportunities. If these events don’t fit with your existing weekend plans, browse Anchor Link for more campus happenings.

Disclaimer: Source of event information is Anchor Link and Facebook. 

Sports

Cultural

Recreational
Arts

What: The 85 South Comedy Show at Zanies
When: Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Where: Zanies Comedy Club
Why: The last few years, the 85 South Show has been shaking up the podcasting scene with improvs and freestyles by some of the fastest rising comedic talent from the South. Join DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean as they bring their talents to Music City.
Who: The 85 South Show

Health & Wellness


category: Featured, Life

Philly’s Low Cut Connie to play Mercy Lounge

On January 25, Philadelphia rock band Low Cut Connie will be performing at Mercy Lounge. Fresh off of 2017’s Dirty Pictures (part 1) their fourth studio album- the band will be bringing it’s critically acclaimed brand of rowdy rock and roll with local openers RI¢HIE and Chloe Kat.

Just in the past few years, the band has been included on NPR Fresh Air’s Top Ten Albums of 2017, Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2017 and President Obama’s 2015 summer playlist, among other accolades. The band has even made a fan of Sir Elton John who interviewed them and played some of their songs on his Beats1 radio show.

Check out their single “Revolution Rock ‘n’ Roll” off their last album here and purchase tickets for their Nashville show here.


category: Featured, Life, Music

IN STYLE: Vanderbilt students bundle up against the cold

When we came to Vanderbilt, many of us arrived from colder climates and set aside our parkas and wool socks. Yet here we are, drudging through icy campus paths in single digit temperatures. Some of us react to the lack of class cancellations by begrudgingly trekking from building to building in baggy sweatpants and slippers. Others view the powdery white backdrop as an opportunity to don their best winter fashion. Take notes from this week’s featured students on how to handle the cold without sacrificing style.

Rami Lieberman
Winter staple: “The beanie.”

Paul Gomez // Photograph by Hunter Long

Paul Gomez
Winter staple: “Dry boots.”

Tanya Wadhawan
Winter staple: “This Zara scarf because it doubles as a blanket. I can use it to sleep wherever I am.”

Michael Moblui
Winter staple: “I’m wearing H&M joggers with zippers on the side. I have a nice warm blue bomber that keeps me warm. Definitely had to pull my fur out today.”

Erin Primdahl // Hunter Long

Erin Primdahl
Winter staple: “My hat.”

Paul Garrard // Hunter Long

Paul Garrard
Winter staple: “Patagonia jacket.”

Rachel Anand // Photograph by Hunter Long

Rachel Anand
Winter staple: “I really like my tank top. Everyone has already yelled at me for wearing it, but I wear it in the classroom because it balances out the indoor and outdoor temperatures.”

Jeremy Mani
Winter staple: “This sweater was on hella sale. I’m from Houston, so this is pretty much what I’m wearing for the next 30 days.”

Lauren Lipa // Photograph by Hunter Long

Lauren Lipa
Winter staple: “My handmade crochet scarf. It would get wet if I wore it sledding though. Extra socks are also important. My toes are pretty numb right now.”

Sion Henry // Photograph by Hunter Long

Sion Henry
Winter staple: “My mom’s old coat and a hat that I got a long time ago. I’m wearing a bunch of stuff that I had before.”


category: fashion, Featured, Life

‘The Post’ stands as a tribute to press and gender equality

Millions of dollars in bribes, decades of deception, three presidencies and one big lie to the American public. Steven Spielberg’s The Post chronicles the U.S. government’s systematic cover-up of failures in the Vietnam War and the press’s struggle to uncover the truth. Head to the theater this weekend for a familiar collision of federal indiscretion and journalistic intrigue.

The year is 1971. The Vietnam War has raged for sixteen years, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of American dollars. In what soon became known as the Pentagon Papers, war analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaks top secret files to The New York Times that detail the truth of the Vietnam War. The American public has been lied to for decades, denied of the truth that the conflict in Indochina had become a lost cause. Now, the floundering Washington Post must decide whether to publish more of the Pentagon Papers and face possible annihilation at the hands of the Nixon administration. The Post is a high-stakes drama that recounts one of America’s most unsettling scandals.

Of the year’s biggest dramas, The Post touts the most prominent cast and directorship. One of Hollywood’s most accomplished directors, Steven Spielberg, returns to the big screen with an equally accomplished cast. Tom Hanks plays Ben Bradlee, the Post’s chief editor, and Meryl Streep plays Katherine Graham, the nation’s first female newspaper publisher. Both are seamless in their roles and draw on decades of experience and dedication to their characters. They’re flanked by supporting talent that follows suit, including Sarah Paulson as Bradlee’s wife Tony and Bob Odenkirk as Post journalist Ben Badikian. While The Post remains faithful to the true story at the expense of its own vitality, its cast and directorship ensure its place among 2018’s best films.

Meryl Streep’s performance as an undaunted female in an all-male industry is the heart of The Post’s story. It is ultimately Graham’s decision to publish the story that will shock millions, and her journey from incapable heiress of the Washington Post to its confident, rightful publisher is impactful. Spielberg’s film carries this struggle for gender equality to the point of inundation at times, reminding us of the institutional and social oppression Graham faces a few too many times. Still, Streep’s performance as the embattled publisher is a must-see and is deserving of the Oscar attention that will surely come her way.

Overall,The Post tells a fascinating true story but fails to add new substance. Viewers who are passionate about freedom of the press will find Spielberg’s latest drama captivating and timely. Others that are less interested in the topic may be won over by the superb casting and deliberation. However, The Post never fully drew me in. The dilemma of whether or not to publish the Pentagon Papers never distracted me from the historical fact that they were in fact published, which prevented me from fully investing in the drama unfolding on screen. The Post takes advantage of an unbelievable story but fails to recount it in a way that elevates the source material. Nonetheless, Spielberg’s latest film is a powerful story of freedom of speech and the courage to do what’s right no matter the odds. The Post comes in at a 7/10 in my book. See it this weekend for a study break you won’t regret.

Plan your week (1/16-1/19)

Between Milky Chance at Marathon Music Works and Jelani Cobb’s lecture at Langford, this week offers a wide array of events on campus and around Nashville. Browse below to see what you should be up to between Jan. 16-19.

Disclaimer: Source of event information is Anchor Link and Facebook

Educational

Sports

Cultural

Recreational

Arts

Health & Wellness


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Pop-up yoga classes bring another dimension to Vibhu Krishna’s Open Studio

Vibhu Krishna, winner of Vanderbilt’s 2016 Margaret Wooldridge Stonewall Hamblet Award, will be giving pop-up yoga classes as a part of her art installation, Open Studio, from Jan. 12-15 in Space 204 in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center. Krishna is a yogi and current Columbia University medical student. Her creative and professional goals have slowly merged healing spaces and design thought to solve modern health issues.

This comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to her medical studies was born from an epiphany during her semester abroad at the Sydney College of the Arts. Krishna had finished her finals and discovered that the University of Sydney has one of the largest libraries in the Southern Hemisphere. Deciding to take advantage of the library while she had the chance, Krishna perused the stacks and found a book called Change by Design. She took it to the beach to read and found herself considering the possibility of using a creative perspective to tackle life problems.

“I ended up deciding that I still wanted to pursue an MD but approach it from an artistic lens, so I’ve been exploring integrative modalities, and how art and creative thinking and design thinking and those kinds of skills that are shaped from doing art can actually inform healthcare decisions and make really impactful solutions in patient lives,” Krishna said.

Krishna’s interest in holistic approaches to medicine also influenced her art. The Hamblet award comes with a $25,000 grant to travel and study art before putting on a solo show on campus. Krishna spent her year touring Southeast Asia, visiting monasteries, Ashras and becoming a yogi.

Krishna appreciated the importance of self-study in yoga and likens the energy to the creativity and illuminating power of art; it’s part of her rationale in holding yoga classes in the art gallery.

“Yoga itself means to yoke, or to form a union. It’s meant for you to commune with the universe,” Krishna said, “to yoke with this primordial energy, which I also see in the practice of art.”

The combination of creative thought, internal study and healing energy all play a part in her Open Studio installation. While all of the pieces are based off a circle, some of the pieces themselves were created in a fashion that pulled from all of these disciplines. Krishna would trace a Petri dish, go into a yoga pose, stay in the pose as long as it takes to feel the essence of the pose (a subjective criteria determined by her) and then go back to draw within the traced circle with the finest point pen she could find.

Why a Petri dish?

“The Petri dish is kind of like a microcosm, it’s a small little environment where there’s thriving growth. If you trace back throughout art history, there’s the idea of the circle representing self,” Krishna said. “The Petri dish just seemed like it had all of these great things tucked into one object that it made sense for me to use it as a tool so there’s a microcosm, there’s a cell, there’s tons of study, so it becomes a really great symbol.”

To find and sign up for the pop-up yoga classes, see the gallery or meet the artist, click here. While pop-up classes are only from Jan. 12-15, the gallery will be open in Studio 204 from Jan. 11 to Feb. 1.


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Q&A with Chase Goehring, America’s Got Talent star

Making it past the auditions for America’s Got Talent is impressive enough, but it doesn’t get much better than receiving the golden buzzer. Singer-songwriter and Tennessee resident Chase Goehring had the honor of earning a golden buzzer from DJ Khaled on season 12 of the show. The golden buzzer sent him straight to the live competition, allowing him to bypass the preliminary rounds. Ultimately, he finished in the top 10. The Hustler sat down with Goehring to recount his time on the show.

VH: How did you first become interested in making music? What were you up to before America’s Got Talent?

CG: Growing up, I wasn’t really interested in music. I just didn’t get it. All my friends were getting into it and I was like, “This doesn’t make sense.” But in middle school, I started taking piano lessons, and that was pretty fun. I joined a band with some friends. We did a couple shows, and I left the band to pursue the ukulele. So I went from this rock and roll band to this little wine instrument. My friend from my band joined me. He was the drummer, and we did this little acoustic duo. Then we split and became solo artists. I taught myself the guitar. I never had any singing lessons so I probably sounded really bad in the beginning. I started singing more, songwriting and putting stuff online.

What went through your head the moment that DJ Khaled hit the golden buzzer?

As the night went on, we were getting down to the last few people. He hadn’t hit his golden buzzer yet. So when I was performing, I was like, “There’s a chance he could hit it. Hmm, maybe it’ll happen.” But was I expecting it? Not at all. When I finished performing, people started chanting, “Hit that buzzer! Hit that buzzer!” He was looking at it, and I was like,
“What is gonna happen?” And then he hit it. The rest is history.

How did you compete with such a wide variety of talent? What were your methods of calming nerves?

A lot of people ask this question. It’s funny to me because I felt like there was less competition being a singer-songwriter, because it was kind of my thing. The only other singer-songwriter was Mandy Harvey, so we were kind of in our own little group. That’s just how I took it mentally. There was a lot of variety, so it just made it where we respected each other for what we were doing. Sometimes, I did get nervous. This is a big audience, millions of people are watching, but you kind of just have to forget about all of that and focus on what you do, and be the best at it.

What is your most memorable moment from the show?

One time, I pretended to be a producer. I got to know one of them really well, and he and I were buds. They always dress in black. I always wear black pants, and I had this hoodie on that looked like the one he was wearing. We took a picture together, and I decided I was a producer for the day. They let me use the walkie talkie and I would be like, “Chase for so-and-so.” Everyone is chill like that. I hate to say it because it sounds so cheesy, but we are family-oriented.

Do you have any advice for aspiring singer/songwriters?

It’s so cliché, but be original. There’s so much music, and it’s all diverse. I feel like the music that stands out the most is the music that comes from the artist who knows who they are, and they don’t want to be like anyone else. They want to be the first version of themselves.

What would you tell someone auditioning for season 13 of AGT?

I know some people are on edge wondering, “Should I do it? Should I not?” Some people don’t really have the confidence to do it, but I would say to just go for it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so it’s a no-brainer in that sense. Just go for it, give it a shot and if it doesn’t work out, move on to the next thing.

Audition for America’s Got Talent this Sat. Jan 13. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Music City Center. Register online at AGTauditions.com.

Plan your weekend (1/12-1/14)

With the first week of classes under our belts and a long weekend ahead, it is the perfect time to participate in the campus and city events listed below. For a more extensive list of MLK-specific events, check out the Hustler’s guide here.

Disclaimer: Source of event information is Anchor Link and Facebook

Educational
Service
Sports
Cultural
Recreational
Arts
Health & Wellness

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Royal Boba, Nashville’s newest tea room

If Bamboo Bistro bubble tea just isn’t cutting it anymore, now is the time to get off campus to try one of Nashville’s newest additions to the tea scene. Just down the road from White Bridge Target, Royal Boba is a brand new milk tea spot that’s worth the 10-minute drive. The Hustler had a chance to check it out on Jan. 7 during the soft opening.

Nestled in a plaza not far from campus, Royal Boba still has some finishing touches to make. The small shop layout consists of a white counter and a handful of tables and chairs — and ends there. While the paint on the walls is currently not finalized and still white, the blue tape hints that they’re preparing for future wall art. What Royal Boba is still missing in decor and visual atmosphere, it makes up for in knowledgeable staff members and an excellent product.

By the time the sun set, the place was bustling with college-age students laughing and chatting over their teas. A dynamic early 2000s-to-today playlist jammed in the background, adding to the festive, young vibes. Groups enjoyed their colorful drinks while bonding over board games and the crowd-pleasing music.

Customers can choose from drinks that will add up to about $3-$6 depending upon their preferences. The employee at the counter can helpfully walk unfamiliar guests through the menu. Options range from iced to warm drinks with a variety of tea blends. All of these items can be enhanced with signature boba, which are sweet, chewy balls of tapioca. Other similar additions like fruit-flavored jellies can also be mixed in. I chose a combination of boba and assorted jellies in my iced classic tea for $4.92.


The generous quantity of these two sugary treats within my tea made it a wonderful experience with excitement filling each sip. One of the aspects of Royal Boba that makes it unique (aside from the quality tea) is its games. There are activities like chess, checkers, Battleship, Trouble and playing cards strewn across the counter for customers’ entertainment.

Sipping on boba while playing games with friends is definitely a worthwhile excursion out of the Vanderbilt bubble and into the world of delicious bubble tea.

Find more information about their next soft opening dates and grand opening on Jan. 20 here.


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Podcasts to help you attain your 2018 resolutions

2017 was a big year. Between a string of catastrophic storms, the White House administration change and the birth of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s twins, it was nearly impossible to update our Twitter feeds quickly enough. This year promises just as many surprises, so it’s up to you to stay on top of each day’s events in a comprehensive, meaningful way. Whether your 2018 resolution is to think deeper, run faster or love harder, there’s a story waiting inside the podcast app to help you get there.

If your 2018 resolution is…

  1. To stay informed
The Daily – The New York Times

The DailyThe New York Times
This 20-minute briefing is available by 6 a.m. on weekdays. Host Michael Barbaro tackles the day’s most prominent stories by delivering facts and analysis and including sources to speak first-hand.  

WSJ What’s NewsThe Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ What’s News podcast delivers the day’s top stories ranging from business to politics in less than 15 minutes. To track morning and evening news, this podcast has you covered with both a.m. and p.m. editions.

2. To find love (or understand why you can’t get a text back)

Why Oh Why – Andrea Silenzi
Unafraid to speak up about the awkward dating moments we have all tried to forget, Why Oh Why explores the intersection of technology and dating, love and sex from a variety of perspectives. While the host and guests’ storytelling is personal, it ultimately connects with the listener. You’ll shift your thinking from, “Why Oh Why Me?” to “Why Oh Why Us?”

Modern Love – The New York Times and WBUR

Modern LoveThe New York Times and WBUR
This popular podcast is hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti and editor Daniel Jones and features essays from the Modern Love column of the The New York Times. A self-proclaimed log of “stories of love, loss and redemption,” this podcast will pull at your heartstrings as it delves into a variety of forms and stages of love. Ranging from 10 to 25 minutes, Modern Love is a quick way to feel a burst of emotion and leave you thinking about the state of romance in 2018.

3. To gain new perspectives

Nancy – WNYC Radio
This podcast is an open conversation about LGBTQI life led by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, two queer Asian-American bestfriends. Nancy is unfiltered and determined to reveal the serious realities of LGBTQI life without sacrificing jokes and jest. For a fresh perspective and a conversation starter, Nancy is a highly-acclaimed go-to podcast.

Where Should We Begin? – Esther Perel
Where Should We Begin? is not for hopeless romantics but rather for curious flies on the wall. Listeners are invited into anonymous couples’ therapy sessions to sit through their stories and examine the strength of human interaction. If you are looking for a fairytale, turn around. If you are interested in the harsh realities of relationships and romance, this podcast is for you.  

Code Switch – NPR

Code SwitchNPR
Code Switch, which refers to changing the way a person speaks or behaves in different environments, admits that race and identity can be sticky topics. This diverse group of NPR journalists is not intimidated by the barriers. In fact, they want to talk about them — even if it’s uncomfortable. Code Switch draws in diverse perspectives to discuss racial issues in politics, entertainment, sports and everything in between.

4. To get to the gym

20 Minute Fitness – Shape
If you’re interested in learning about the latest health and fitness trends, 20 Minute Fitness is a quick, easily-digestible podcast that will force you to consider the way you treat your body.  

TedTalks Health – TED

TedTalks Health TED
For visual learners, TedTalks Health invites accomplished doctors, researchers and other professionals to share their findings. Many of the videos are short, and the ability to watch the speaker’s presentation adds an additional element. This series makes the science behind health accessible, even if you only have a 10 minute break.

5. To stop mixing up “tip off” with “kick off”

Pardon My Take – Barstool Sports

Pardon My Take – Barstool Sports
If you are in the market for the most outlandish and most correct sports takes on the planet, you’ve come to the right place. Pardon My Take, hosted by Dan “Big Cat” Katz and PFT Commenter, is one of the best sports podcasts out there. Big Cat and PFT discuss the latest sports topics with the brash enthusiasm that Barstool Sports is known for. They also bring on plenty of prominent guests, including national sports reporters and even Anthony Scaramucci.

The Steve Dangle Podcast – Steve Dangle and Adam Wylde
Hosts Steve “Dangle” Glynn and Adam Wylde, along with producer Jesse Blake, talk about the latest and greatest around the hockey world. They focus a lot of their attention on the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they bounce around to all of the trending topics in the NHL. They’ll also tell some of their favorite stories from their wacky lives, including getting lit up by roman candles and starting their own fake rumor mill.

6. To dress better

Vogue Podcast – Vogue
The fashion world can often feel inaccessible and too high brow, especially if you’re just getting started. Vogue’s podcast gives a human touch to the seemingly impenetrable world of high fashion. Join host André Leon Talley as he chats about the fashion world’s hot topics and happenings with industry leaders.

GQ Style

Corporate Lunch – GQ Style
A behind-the-scenes look into the men’s magazine with editor-in-chief Will Welch and senior editor Noah Johnson, Corporate Lunch is a deep dive into men’s style. The weekly podcast hones in on the latest trends, figures and men’s fashion news of the week.

7. To take a deeper look at life

Philosophize This! – Stephen West

Philosophize This! – Stephen West
If AXLE has robbed you of the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Descartes and Hume, fear not. Philosophize This! is a 30 minute podcast that discusses philosophical concepts and thinkers for beginners, eventually going further in depth and applying the lessons to today’s society.

Revisionist History – Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media
Have you always believed your history textbooks? Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell asks you to backpedal on a journey to reexamine history “in his attempt to correct the record.” In over 10 episodes examining past events, figures and cultural symbols, Gladwell examines the untold side of history in an effort to extract the truth.

8. To motivate yourself  

StartUp – Gimlet Media
StartUp is a mini-series about the trials and tribulations of starting a business. Launched by Alex Blumberg, a journalist that started the podcast with little business experience, StartUp is full of guest speakers and case studies exhibiting the grit and determination that it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Girlboss Radio – Girlboss Media

Girlboss Radio – Girlboss Media
Focusing on innovative and strong women, Girlboss Radio inspires its listeners and humanizes successful female figures. Host and entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso interviews moguls and go-getters to find out what makes them tick. Filled with humor, humility and advice, “Girlboss Media” is a must for all aspiring leaders.


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