Plan Your Week: Apr. 17 – 23

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Fresh off Rites Weekend, students can go outside and enjoy the sunshine today.

Start off today with the Spring Games and Fun event, hosted by Dores for China, held in Buttrick Hall 112 from 1 to 2 p.m. Come by for food and refreshments, a chance to paint on traditional Chinese folding fans, play traditional Chinese games, and write Chinese characters.

Baseball plays Kentucky at 1 p.m. at Hawkins Field today.

You definitely don’t want to miss the RAD Dog Walking event from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Rand Student Center today. A local animal shelter will bring six dogs for the Vanderbilt Protecting Animal Welfare Society (VPAWS) to walk and train them how to go for walks before getting adopted.

There are two showing of the “ZACH Sings MARIAH” ~ His Story Through her Music event in Sarratt Cinema today, at show times 3 – 4:45 p.m. and 7 – 8:45 p.m. Senior Zach Elliot will be performing and dancing Maria Carey songs, and will be accompanied by musical performing guests that include: Voce, Tap That! BhangraDores, Tongue N’Cheek, VIBE, VIDA, Vandy Spoken Word, Commodore Orchestra, Capoeira Club, VU Concert Choir, Harmonic Notion

There will be an IFC Upperclass/Transfer Info Session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Kissam C210 today. Stop by to learn more about requirements for joining a fraternity and learn about the recruitment process.

As the year settles down, consider heading to two Commons events: the Sutherland Social from 9 to 10 p.m., and the Hank Hangout from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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It’s going to be a balmy 80 degrees today.

There will be a START Student Leader & Advisor Training session today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Sarratt 325/327. START is a one-time training session for new student organization leaders and advisors, giving basic information how to start organizations (including information about room reservations, university policies, finances & funding, Anchor Link, room reservations, effective organization management, etc.) RSVP on Anchor Link if interested!

There will be a Vanderbilt University Orchestra performance at 8 p.m. in Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall. The winners of the annual concerto competition (from January) will be the soloists performing at this event.

There will be VOCE A Capella: The Spring Concert event today at 8 – 9 p.m. Stop by Sarratt Cinema to hear these ladies sing songs from artists Cam, Adele, Ellie Goulding, and Michael Jackson for the last time this year!

Another musical option is the Concert at Kissam event from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Moore Great Room. Thomas Ridgeway, a student from the Blair School of Music, will perform, and campus catering will provide coffee and deserts.

Finally, there will be a SACE Speaks and CSA: A Discussion on South Asians in the Caribbean event from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Multicultural Lounge. Stop by to learn and discuss the history of racial relations between the native and South Asian populations living in the Caribbean.

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Tuesday is filled with stress fests, baseball games, and poetry reading events.

There will be a Major Key: Global Nutrition event 12 – 1 p.m. on Rand Terrace. Hosted by ONE Vandy, an organization that is taking action to end extreme poverty, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, it offers free homemade truffles for a meal swipe, nutrition-themed hopscotch, and the opportunity for you to learn about global nutrition, and an opportunity to write letters to Congress to encourage them to increase funding for global nutrition programs.

There’s a Stress Fest event from 2 to 5 p.m. on Alumni Lawn today. Vanderbilt LEAPS, or Liasions Educating & Advocating for Psychological Support, will have Las Paletas, SATCO, inflatables, coloring and crafts.

The baseball team will play Central Arkansas at 5:30 p.m. at Hawkins Field.

Want to see Vandy medical staffers and professors read their poetry? If so, head to the Vanderbilt “Poets who Heal” to Read at Williamson Library event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This program, as part of the Lectures in Library Series, features readings from associate professor of clinical medicine (who practices pulmonary medicine at Vanderbilt’s hospital), Brenda Butka, professor of anesthesiology Doug Hester, adjunct professor of health policy Bruce Jennings, and nurse Julie Summer.

The iLens Film series continues today with “My Joy” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This film, presented in Russian with English subtitles, follows a truck driver who takes a wrong turn and ends up in Russian underworld; has to survive in adverse conditions.

There will be a State of the ASUnion event tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Buttrick 101. This program is to celebrate African Student Union’s year, to say goodbye to the seniors, to enjoy food and a good time.

There are two musical events today. There’s Dodecs Present: Branstock from 8 to 9 p.m. on Branscomb Quad, which presents is the a capella group’s equivalent of Woodstock accompanied by McDougal’s Chicken. Additionally, there’s the VMOpalooza Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. in Rand Lounge. This is Vanderbilt Music Outreach’s annual concert, and features food and live music. They will be accepting donations for W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville.

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We reach a mid-week lull on Wednesday.

There’s an iGEM and iCE CREAM! event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Stevenson Courtyard. Students who want to learn about research opportunities can come by for some free ice cream.

Just like Monday, there will be another START Student Leader & Advisor Training from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Sarratt 325/327.

Finally, there will be a Lavender Celebration at 7 p.m. of the Student Life Center Ballroom. This celebration, hosted by the Office of LGBTQI Life, will celebrate the contributions of LGBTQI and allied students who are graduating. Two awards will be given out at the end of the night.

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Today is Vanderbilt’s Inaugural Giving Day, a 24-hour event to give back and raise money for the university.

Aside from that, there is Fun Before Finals: Pool Noodle Wars on Alumni Lawn! event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by the Happiness Club, this event encourages students to play friendly noodle wars, get prizes, and de-stress before finals.

There’s the iGEM and iCE CREAM! event again today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rand Wall. Stop by for information about research opportunities and ice cream!

Also during the afternoon is the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC)’s Pass in Review event from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Commons Lawn. It aims to honor NROTC members, will feature speeches from Captain Scott Kraverath and outgoing Battalion Commanding Officer, MIDN 1/C Walker Prieb, and will deliver awards. There will be tents and chairs if students wish to watch the ceremony.

Consider the Full Moon Hike at 7:30 p.m. at Edwin Warner Park. Meet at Picnic Site #9, off Vaughn Road, to walk with the group gathered there.

There will also be a Vanderbilt Variations Spring Concert from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Sarratt Cinema. Stop by for their last performance of the school year.

Again, there are two Commons House events tonight: Northern Exposure, featuring pancakes and lemonade, from 8 to 9 p.m., and Murray Munchies at Murray House from 9 to 10 p.m.

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There are two major performances and a de-stressing art session to enjoy today.

Go to the Sarratt Art Studios behind Last Drop for the Finals Relaxation Creation Station: Origami and Adult Coloring event from 6 to 10 p.m. Stop by for some relaxing art, popcorn, lemonade, and cookies.

Arguably the most exciting event of the day is Meloroo 2016, the Melodore’s Annual Spring Concert, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in Blair’s Ingram Hall. This all-star music group will feature music from Meghan Trainor, Justin Bieber, Zayn, Amy Winehouse, John Legend, Fetty Wap, Hunter Hayes, and more. Momentum Dance Company and Vanderbilt VIBE will also be there to put on a show!

There’s also the The Annual Big ASS Show, Tongue ‘N Cheek’s last show of the year, from 7:37 to 9:37 p.m. at Sarratt Cinema. Stop by for some free comedy!

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Get your Saturday started off right with the Shade Tree Trot 2016 a 5k race that raises funds for Shade Tree, a medical student-run free clinic with extensive medical, legal, and social services. Same-day registration for the event begins at 7 a.m., and the race will start at 8 a.m. Race registration fees are $35.

The women’s lacrosse team plays Villanova University in the Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium today.

There will be a Taus for Paws event from 1 – 4 p.m. on Alumni Lawn. Alpha Tau Omega is pairing up with the Nashville Human Association and bringing dogs for students to play and de-stress with before finals. Tickets are $5 and include a chance to play with the puppies, as well as a free Chik-fil-A sandwich.

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