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The Atlantic: Poor and uneducated: The South’s cycle of failing higher education
According to a slew of recent data, southern states have been disproportionately cutting spending on public higher education. In a region where the poorest families already face some of the nation’s highest poverty rates, forced tuition increases make their colleges and universities among the least affordable. This factor contributes to falling enrollment in states already struggling with some of the nation’s lowest percentages of residents with college educations. William Doyle, associate professor of higher education, is quoted. The story was originally published by The Hechinger Report.

The New York Times: Opinion: Dark horses abound at the United States Open

Vanderbilt women’s tennis coach
Geoff Macdonald writes about six prominent players to be featured in the upcoming 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Vanderbilt paying $1.2 million to remove the word “confederate” from a campus building
Vanderbilt University
has announced that it will remove the inscription “Confederate Memorial Hall” from the facade of a campus building. The building opened in 1935. Its construction was partially financed by a donation from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. While the university had referred to the building as “Memorial Hall,” the inscription “Confederate Memorial Hall” remained on the building under the terms of the original donation. The inscription has been a symbol of exclusion and divisiveness for many years, according to university officials.

Smithsonian: Playing the bagpipes can literally kill you

For years, doctors in England were stumped by their patient’s persistent lung problems. By the time the 61-year-old Liverpool resident died in 2014, he had spent seven years fighting a mysterious illness that left him struggling to breathe or walk. Now researchers say they have finally identified the cause: his beloved bagpipes. The ailment known as “bagpipe lung” can wreak havoc on a person’s respiratory system. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

Self: This lucky teenager actually survived a brain-eating amoeba
A Florida teenager is recovering after contracting a brain-eating amoeba infection, an often-deadly illness. The teenager is only the fourth person to survive the infection in 50 years—and he did it with the help of a drug that’s not even officially approved to treat the condition. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

Economic Times (IAN): It’s in our hands: Lifestyle changes can prevent diabetes and also cut cancer risk 
It may sound exaggerated but the unprecedented growth in Type-2 diabetes over the past 15 years and the deadly rise of cancer have a few common — some even modifiable — risk factors linked to how we lead our daily lives, health experts say. These include age, sex, obesity, physical activity, diet, alcohol and smoking. Matthew Freiberg, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Louisiana flood relief drive at Vanderbilt today
Vanderbilt Athletics
is partnering with a local Music Row organization on a relief drive to assist some of the many victims of Louisiana’s recent tragic flooding. The drive is being held Friday, Aug. 26, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nashville Pride: Downtown and Wedgewood/Houston Art Crawls preview
In a list of area events in the Nashville area, the writer includes an exhibit by Omari Booker titled, “If I Grow Up?,” opening Friday, Aug. 26, at Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. 

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