Department of Philosophy
Some students at Vanderbilt feel as though they do not belong. They face difficulties in finding a group offriends with which they feel comfortable because the prominence of Greek life often overshadows studentswhose interests lie elsewhere. Male Vanderbilt students face stereotypes of being ardent Republicans andfrequent binge drinkers. Local coffee shops sell “V andy girl” drinks that are low-calorie and high-caffeine,catering to the overly weight-conscious Vandy girl. Our Mayfield project’s goal is to fight these stereotypes andshow that one does not have to conform to the “norm” to have a great time and succeed in college. We shallexplore our own unique interests and inform the Vanderbilt community (especially First Years) about ways tohave alcohol-free fun by hosting a few events throughout the year.
Planning and carrying out events will equip us with improved organizational skills, help us reach out tostudents, raise awareness of issues associated with the Vanderbilt community, and provide information aboutavailable resources. Some of the issues we plan to research include binge drinking, reliance on caffeine, andpreoccupation with body image. By researching Vanderbilt stereotypes and working closely with student groupson campus, we hope to develop a more refined appreciation for the diversity of the student body. We will needto be in close contact with various Vanderbilt administrators and organizations while adhering to deadlines. Theevents will allow us to develop diverse skill sets required in the professional world.