Our Mayfield is based on the idea we should be challenging ourselves intellectually through informed discussion. We are going to spend our time developing interpersonal skills and discussing current events; we hope to be more involved and informed of the world outside of Vanderbilt. The purpose of this project is to draw attention to real world issues; we so often focus on the trivialities of college life, like fraternity parties and the latest gossip. We fail to see the important things going on in our world — economics, politics, and ethical issues — and how they shape our present and future. We want to open up the floor for discussion on the controversial, the uncomfortable, and the personal. We want to be a family where anything can be discussed and debated. Conversation should be stimulating and alert us to new possibilities; we want to bring back the intelligent conversation as a leisure activity. We’re here at Vanderbilt to expand our worldview and learn about the people in it. We want to truly be involved with the world and have a new kind of relationship with it.