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College Culture

I know I don’t get into posts of a serious nature very often, but this past weekend, I watched in horror for an hour as 20/20 aired the story of the former Vanderbilt football players charged with rape and sexual assault. The show had acquired the security video footage from the dorm (where I actually lived my sophomore year on the same floor) on the night in question. To say it is disturbing is a gross understatement. And the two men on trial this time (two more are also charged) were both found guilty on multiple accounts.

I’m not going to go into the details of the case – my stomach can’t handle to think about the details – but this situation raises some serious questions. The only reason these men were charged were because the security footage from the dorm just happened to be reviewed for another, unrelated incident. The victim, sadly, had absolutely no recollection of anything that happened – and the main man was the guy she was dating, whom she trusted fully.

I applaud Vanderbilt for the way this situation was handled (at least to the extent I’m aware of, obviously). The men involved were removed from the football team and the university as soon as the realization of what happened came to light. The investigation was handed over to the Metro-Nashville Police Department as soon as foul play was suspected. Unfortunately this is not the norm. More often than not, females are assaulted, may or may not report the assault, and action may or may not be taken. This is a serious issue that college campuses need to address and need to address with more than a university review board. And the way to address this is not by simply “educating” females. Sure, education is helpful, but what about the men? Quotes such as this one by a writer from the Washington Times are absolutely enraging:

“One of the best ways to end sexual violence on campus is to teach women not to put themselves in a position where this can happen. Don’t drink to the point you are so intoxicated that you cannot protect yourself or you pass out.”

What about the men who drink to the point that they cannot control their actions, then use that, sometimes successfully, as an excuse? Or how about this girl who was with a guy she knew and trusted? I don’t have an answer. The obvious underlying issue, in this situation and many others that have been in the news recently, is alcohol, but we have to stop accepting the excuse that this is just college culture. And banning alcohol is not the solution – it’s actually an anti-solution.

Does it start with education from our parents, how we are raised? Is it education on the university side, on the greek life side or athletic side? Is it a combination of all of it or will none of it help? I truly wish I had an answer because I am tired of hearing these stories on the regular. The hope is that this case in Nashville (I refuse to keep calling it the ‘Vanderbilt rape case’) will set a new precedent for these crimes – guilty convictions, lives ruined, and serious jail time. One positive step – one of the guys is talking to Dr. Phil about this issue – this “culture.” It hasn’t aired yet, but it sounds like he’s being a man and not only owning up to his colossal mistake, but also trying to help others to not fall into the pits of this culture – but we’ll have to wait and watch.

The bottom line is that colleges and universities, along with the cities and towns in which they are located, better be working on some kind of solution and plan to address these issues or the news will sadly continue to be flooded with similar stories. And I pray that this does not become just another issue that the nation becomes immune to.

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The Vandy boys made history two days ago by becoming bowl eligible 2 years in a row for the first time. Ever.

I realize all you other SEC team fans may find this humorous and cute, but really it just means you should watch out.  Vandy will no longer be the laughing stock of the SEC or your sympathy game.  Coach James Franklin is on fire and he is going to keep pushing, keep winning, and better yet, keep recruiting. Get ready boys, this ain’t your mama’s Vanderbilt Football team any longer.

Anchor Down!! Go Dores!!



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Homecoming Tailgate

One food dish closer to completing #52 on my 101 list! Last weekend was Vandy’s Homecoming, and I had some wonderful friends come into town for the festivities. And let’s be honest, I love football season, but Homecoming trumps all. Once again I failed to take any pictures of the process or the final product, but let’s just say this Buffalo Chicken Dip did not make it through the whole tailgate. It was maybe the most delicious dip I have ever had. I doubled the recipe since we had a lot of people at our tailgate, but here’s the recipe for one batch!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup ranch salad dressing

1/2 cup hot sauce (I used Frank’s original flavor)

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 cans (12.5 oz each) chunk chicken in water, drained


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place cream cheese into deep baking dish. Stir until smooth.

2. Mix in salad dressing, hot sauce, and cheese. Stir in chicken.

3. Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish as desired. Serve with tortilla chips or veggies.


It’s a VERY easy dish and is great for large groups! I didn’t have pics of food, but here are a few from the festivities throughout the day!

At the DG house for brunch!

LOVE some corn hole

At the game!

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LSU Tailgate

My first tailgate of the season (though it was not THE first tailgate of the season) was ten times of fun. We have a tent set up for us this year in Vandyville and it’s a party. It is a learning process for us new Vandyville comers….you have to pay more for a table, you can drive up to the tent to drop off your stuff, and you can park closer than we thought. But we’ll be experts next year. The game last week was against LSU and even half of Vandyville was a puke yellow and purple. A small storm game through, complete with thunderstorms and lightning warnings. We hunkered down, piling everything and everyone to the middle of the tent and lowered the tent as low as we could. It passed quickly and the fun continued. I, as per usual lately, was an awful photographer and didn’t get many pictures. Next time.

And by the way, #52 on my 101 list is to take a different item to every tailgate. Unfortunately, since I worked all Saturday morning, I didn’t have time to be Suzie-homemaker-tailgate-extraordinaire. Fortunately, I had bought some yummy dip mixes in a cute little shop while visiting Lisa in St. Charles last month. I made a Chipotle Cheddar Dip Mix (made by Pepper Springs)  and it was delicious and had a great spicy kick to it. Paired with my favorite Tostidos Multigrain Tortilla chips, it made a perfect tailgate dip. More homemade next time (but maybe semi-homemade…it is a tailgate after all…)!! This is by far my favorite time of year.

Just mix with sour cream for deliciousness!!

Waiting out the storm

We’re just not going to mention what went on after the fun tailgate in the stadium. There’s no need to revisit misery.

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Are you ready for some football??

I realize that college football started last week. However, I attended a wedding during tailgate time, so even though I still made it to the game, it did not feel like a complete experience. SO I am super pumped for a full-out, tailgate done right tomorrow. I’m also hoping we can at least make it good game against LSU.

This will also begin my quest to complete #52 on my 101 list: take something different (food) to every tailgate. Tomorrow will probably not be spectacular and homemade since I have to work in the morning, but I think it will still be delicious!! And who doesn’t love tailgate food??

Check back next week to see what I take! Until then, GO DORES!!!