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:
University of Pennsylvania,
Cal Tech: California Institute of Technology,
M.I.T.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
University of Chicago,
Johns Hopkins University, Washington University,
Brown University, Cornell 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.
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 member? 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?
Vanderbilt’s student-run radio station WRVU 91.1 FM is in danger of permanently going off the air. The VSC, the board that claims ownership of WRVU has recently reached an agreement with WPLN, Nashville NPR affiliate, to sell the station’s broadcasting license. This sale would mean the loss of Nashville’s only major college radio station. Explore this site to learn more to get WRVU on the air!