Plan Your Week: Feb. 14 – 20

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you are spending it with a loved one or rocking a single status, there is plenty to do today.

The women’s basketball team plays Kentucky at 3 p.m. today in Memorial Gym.  

There will be Best Buddies Talent Show from 2 to 4 p.m. today. Stop by Sarratt Cinema to see performances that are free and open to the public!

Another option is Saraswati Puja, held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life. Vandy Karma will have a short puja and other performances to celebrate Maa Saraswati.

As part of the launch of Vanderbilt’s [IM]Perfection Project, an initiative that aims to create a culture of acceptance toward successes and failures, there will be a talk on the theme “More Brave, Less Perfect: Creating a Culture of Courage at Vanderbilt” from 6 to 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall by Dr. Brené Brown, famous for her TED talk “The Power of Vulnerability,” one of the top five most viewed talks. Free tickets are available to students in the Sarratt Box Office.

This week is Islamic Awareness Week. To kick off the week, stop by the Student Life Center from 6 to 9 p.m. to see “Islamophobia,” a lecture and dinner featuring Dr. Todd Green and Dr. Jonathan Brown. The talk will will focus on Islamophobia in the West particularly after 9/11, and will also focus on the misinterpreted verses of the Quran. This event will have a free catered dinner, and counts towards the Greek Member Experience: Diversity and Inclusion track.

Two Valentine’s Day options are Food, Flowers, and Foreplay and Warren Fuzzies. Head to the Morgan Lewis Lobby for the former at 11 a.m. to have mock mimosas, chicken and waffles and other Valentine’s Day treats in an event sponsored by Vandy SexEd. For the latter, head to the Delbrück 1 Living Room from 7 to 9 p.m. to enjoy a Valentine’s Day Study Break with a donut bar, chocolate covered strawberries and Valentine’s cookies.

Close out this busy Sunday night with the Sutherland Social from 9 to 10 p.m. and Hank Hangout from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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Chancellor’s Lectures, hockey games and performances downtown await this Monday.

Head to Langford Auditorium at 5 p.m. to hear the Chancellor’s Lecture: Destiny and Power that features New York Times best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize winner and Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor, Jon Meacham, as well as Senator Lamar Alexander. There will be a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby and a book signing from 5 to 6:15 p.m., followed by the lecture from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome and seating is first-come, first-serve.

Another option at that time is HearbreAKA Pt. II, held in Alumni Lounge from 6 to 7:15 p.m. This is the second part of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s auction for school supplies. Participants bid on each of the boys and the winner (and his date) get a dinner as a treat from the organization.

If you’re in the mood to talk about religion and eat pizza, head to the Elliston Common Room for the Spiritual Conversations event from 8 to 9 p.m. Bring a friend, religious questions and thoughts for an interesting conversation.

The Nashville Predators play the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena tonight at 7 p.m.

Downtown at the Ryman, there will be a Nashville for Africa Performance featuring the cast of Nashville, Dierks Bentley and the African Children’s Choir at 7:30 p.m. This event benefits the African Children’s Choir, and tickets can be purchased here.

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Tuesdays always prove to be busy on Vanderbilt’s campus, and today is no exception.

The Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project Launch and Student Speak-Out event will be from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight in Kissam C216. Students are invited to hear peers talk about want for perfectionism and mental health issues at Vanderbilt. Free food will be provided.

Another option at the same time is Compulsory Couplehood and Ace/Aro Identities conversation in the KC Potter Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Stop by to take part in a casual conversation about historical/contemporary marriage norms and how that affects queer relationships like aromanticism and asexuality. Dr. Melanie Adley, a Women and Gender Studies professor, will present.

The iLens Film series continues this week with a showing of “Hannah Arendt” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This film highlights the way Hannah Arendt reported the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in movie form.

The BCC Book Club is also meeting today to discuss Crisis of the Negro Intellectual from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center. This conversation will center around an exploration of black intellectual life from the Harlem Renaissance to the 1960s.

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The sun comes out today and the temperature warms up to 50 degrees. Here are the best ways to spend the day.

World on Wednesdays continues this week with “Religious Pluralism Through Active Engagement” from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Center, Lower Level Meeting Rooms 1 and 2. There will be a student panel as well as a faculty one that includes Mark Forrester, Rachel Eskridge, Gretchen Person and Cathy Fuchs. Lunch will be provided.

If you were selected for a VUcept interview, head to Commons Center 235/237 for a VUcept Interview Workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. Peer coaches from the Center for Student Professional Development will be there to help with interviewing skills and will assist in polishing your resume.

Also on Commons tonight is the Dean’s Book Club, held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dean’s Residence. Go to Commons Center 203, or the Dean of the Commons Office, to reserve a spot to speak with Dean Beasley and the Writers-in-Residence to discuss the book of the month.

If you’re sticking around on Commons for the rest of the night, head to Stambaugh Soiree from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

There will be a showing of “Hangmen Also Die!” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This film, part of the iLens and Fritz Lang Series, is a film noir drama based on the historical assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler’s second-in-command.

Finally, there will be a Presidential Debate Series – Discussion Group from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Moore Great Room balcony. The event will host Dr. Stephen Buckles, a senior lecturer in economics to talk about the upcoming election.

In the wake of an upcoming election, the question of studying political science seems particularly important. To hear more about the major, head to the Why Study Politics? event from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in the Commons Center. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Political Science Association is hosting the event and will provide a free dinner, featuring speakers Tre Hargett (TN Secretary of State), as well as Professor Hetherington and Professor Russell to talk about the importance of studying political science at Vanderbilt.

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Thursday is jam-packed with activities.

Start the day off right with the Lunch & Learn Series in Sarratt 363 from 12 to 1:15 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Programming Board and the Office of Arts & Campus Events, aims to create direct engagement between Vanderbilt students and members of the art and entertainment industry. RSVP on Anchor Link – they can only seat 15-20 students for this event.

Another worthwhile option is the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training, held from 3 to 9 p.m. in Sarratt 363. This six-hour event teaches participants how to appropriately and safely intervene to reduce and stop instances of power-based violence. Food will be provided. This event is included in My Vanderbilt Experience and in My Greek Member Experience.

Another productive option is The Path to Professionalism: A Guide to Networking from 6:30 to  8 p.m. in Alumni Hall 202. Project I Am is collaborating with the Center for Student to Professional Development to teach participants how to use LinkedIn and VUConnect as we look for jobs and internships.

You can’t miss the Guac & Talk event being held tonight in the Vanderbilt/Barnard lobby from 7 to 8 p.m. Stop by for some guacamole and socialization.

Finally, the Nashville Predators take on the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. in Bridgestone Arena.

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We’re closing out the week strong this Friday with plenty of options for a fun day.

The baseball team will take on San Diego at 4 p.m. at Hawkins Field. Stop by to cheer on our ‘Dores!

Afterwards, head to Sarratt Cinema at 7 p.m. to see Vandy Spoken Word Presents: The Poets’ Choice Awards. This is their yearly capstone performance, and it’s a must-see. Tickets are $5 when purchased on the Rand Wall, and $7 at the door.

If you’re needing to de-stress with some art this Friday, consider the Creation Station: Paint Your Own Pottery in the Sarratt Art Studios behind Last Drop. RSVP on Anchor Link to one of the two time slots: 6 to 8 p.m., or 8 to 10 p.m.

There is also a Green Tea Parfait Party held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Buttrick 202. Hosted by the Japanese Cultural Foundation, this gathering invites all to create delicious dessert green tea dishes.

Another option is Tongue and Cheek’s The Castaway Show, presented at Wilson 103 in  “the big room that Buckles teaches in.” Stop by at 7:37 p.m. for their improv performance!

Finally, there is a Heartsaver CPR Class held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Commons Center, hosted by the Vanderbilt Emergency Medical Society. Email madeline.f.savage@vanderbilt.edu for more information and to sign up.

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We’ve made it to the weekend! Today is an exciting Saturday to be a ‘Dore.

First of all, today is Dance Marathon’s “Big Event,” held from 11 a.m. til 12:15 a.m. at night. This 13.1 hour event, solely FTK (for the kids), will feature food, entertainment and dancing, to raise funds for the Monroe Carell Jr. Hospital at Vanderbilt. This is the 14th Big Event for Dance Marathon. Many of the families that the proceeds serve will be in attendance!  

There is also the VandyCS Coding Competition from 12 to 3 p.m. in Featheringill Hall 110. Bring teams of three people to compete. All participants will be divided into two sections based on their skill level. This is the first competition put on by the Vanderbilt Association for Computer Science Students, one that promises to be a challenging and good time. The club will share participants’ information with recruiters, so it’s both fun and productive!

There are three athletic events happening this Saturday.

The men’s basketball team plays Georgia at 11 a.m. in Memorial Gym.

As part of a three game series, the baseball team will play San Diego today at 2 p.m. on Hawkins Field.

Lastly, the Nashville Predators play the Los Angeles Kings at Bridgestone at 7 p.m.

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