Some Kind of Light

This post comes directly from the Save WRVU Radio gang at Vanderbilt, whose Facebook friends (link on right) now number more than 5,800, and it asks, “Is the light at the end of the tunnel a dim bulb?”:

Will Someone Please Check the Lights?

The following is the extremely rarefied group of 17 Colleges and Universities that are at or above Vanderbilt University in the 2011 U.S. New and World Report yearly college rankings:

Harvard University
Princeton University
Yale University
Columbia University
Stanford University
University of Pennsylvania
Cal Tech: California Institute of Technology
M.I.T.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dartmouth College
Duke University
University of Chicago
Northwestern University
Johns Hopkins University
Washington University
Brown University
Cornell University
Rice University

The names above in bold are those who have student run and operated college radio like Vanderbilt is blessed with in WRVU.  We here at SaveWRVU do not think this is no small coincidence — College radio greatly improves the collegiate experience and makes for a stronger and more sophisticated center for higher learning.

It has to be noted that in 2010 Vanderbilt gained a spot over Emory, a similar college in many ways but with the grave disadvantage of being college radio free (and therefore deemed inferior, for the first time, per the US News ranking).  Just sayin’ . . .

Also note that Vanderbilt shares the 17th spot with Rice, the home of KTRU, a student run station fighting for its life (see

This begs the question; “Vanderbilt does have someone working PR, right?”

Why would Vanderbilt risk its inclusion among America’s elite top ranked universities, by allowing an over-reaching VSC Board propose such a bald, ill-conceived, and internecine idea as poaching its most revered founding members it is charged to protect?  There is a clear dearth of intellectual rigor, sound reasoning, or coherent justification based on comments and releases of the VSC Board. Does Vanderbilt know that by allowing the VSC Board to ‘go rogue’ they are accomplishing little other than alienating the surrounding community and likely pissing off 100s if not 1000s of active and future alumni — whose good graces are key components in advancing in such rankings?

If you are in Nashville, would you please stop by Vanderbilt’s Office of Public Relations and check to see if the lights are on?

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