Plan Your Week: Feb. 28 – Mar. 5

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It’s a beautiful Sunday today as we gear up for this last week on campus.

Begin your day at 9:30 a.m. with the Nashville Humane Association Service Trip. Join the Vanderbilt Protecting Animal Welfare Society as they head to the Humane Association to play with cats, walk the adoptable dogs, and help clean and prepare their facilies.

Another exciting way to spend your Sunday is at the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport for Discovery Day. AviaDORES, Vanderbilt’s aviation club, is hosting their Discovery Flight Day. For $60, you can get a flight lesson. If that’s not your thing, the club still invites students to join for a free airplane ride. Activities will end at 4 p.m. You can register here.

Shake up your Sunday with Capoeira: The Afro-Brazilian Martial Art from 4 to 5 p.m. in Towers West Lounge. To honor and close out Black History month, stop by to see this art form that combines music, dance, traditions and martial arts, brought over by West Africans to Brazil as a result of the slave trade.

“How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes” will be tonight from 8 to 9 p.m. in Neely Auditorium. This will be the last showing of this interactive play, where the audience becomes a part of deciding how to spend $1000 cash to end poverty.

There are two athletic events on campus today. The first will be at noon in the Hawkins Stadium. Stop by to see the baseball team play University Illinois Chicago. Also at noon is the men’s tennis match against Columbia University at the Currey Tennis Center. The men’s tennis team will play Sewanee later, in the same location, at 4 p.m.

An important on-campus discussion today is the Rehabilitating and Restoring Childhood: A Lecture About Trafficked Kids event from 4 to 5 p.m. in the SLC Board of Trust Room. Hosted by Students Against Modern Slavery, and catered by Thistle Farms and Ben & Jerry’s, this event features two speakers who will speak about human trafficking. One of the presenters is a survivor of human trafficking and now will share her story as an advocate. All proceeds will go to three organizations that end trafficking: Slavery TN, Thistle Farms and Freedom’s Promises.

Stop by the Nissam Stadium any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today for the Our Kids Soup Sunday. This event, put on by US Foods, features 500 gallons of soup from 50 different restaurants in Nashville.

The 2016 Black Affair Awards Gala from 6 to 8 p.m. in the SLC Ballroom will award students, professors, faculty and staff for their work and will announce next year’s President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer for the Black Student Association. Dinner will be provided.

The Sutherland Social will be in Sutherland House from 9 to 10 p.m.

Close off your day with Hank Talks, a conversation in Hank Ingram House Lobby from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Students are invited to share stories about what Black History month means to them.

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Happy Leap Year!

After the very successful first event, the [IM]Perfection Project Speak Out will continue today from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Commons Center MPR. This event will focus on fears of failing, perfectionism and mental health in a candid session. If you are interested in sharing a story, e-mail alexandra.l.hollifield@vanderbilt.edu or rachel.eskridge@vanderbilt.edu.  

Another meaningful opportunity is the Escalation Workshop, held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Sarratt 216/220. This 90-minute workshop, sponsored by Project Safe, will feature video and facilitated discussion around relationship violence, providing warning signs and ways to help a friend.

For all students interested in joining an NPHC organization, there is an Intake Seminar from 6 to 7 p.m. in Sarratt 331. Stop by to learn about the NPHC membership process.

There will be a Vanderbilt Women in Science and Engineering Study Break today from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Stevenson Library Study Room 3210. Stop by to take a study break from your midterm preparation.

A nice way to close your Monday is with the multimedia-musical production, ‘Folk and Flora,’ from 8 to 9 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This performance is Jack Coen’s Blair capstone project. Tickets are available at the Sarratt Box Office.

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We flip the page as we head into the new month today.

The final home basketball game against Tennessee will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in Memorial Gym. Go on and cheer on the ‘Dores for their last home game of the season!

Continuing the athletic trend, the baseball team will play Tennessee Tech at 3 p.m. on Hawkins Field.

Additionally, the Nashville Predators will play the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m.

There will be a Coffee and Conversations event tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Moore Faculty Director Apartment (Smith 502). The Director of the Office of LGBTQI Life will join in a discussion about gender pronoun usage on this campus.

There are two documentary screenings tonight.

The first is the Shooting Beauty Documentary Screening from 7 to 9 p.m. in 241 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. This screening, sponsored by Next Steps at Vanderbilt, highlights a photographer’s desire to change how beauty is seen and depicted. A short discussion will follow.

The second is the “Amy” Documentary – Young, Talented, and Unforgettable screening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This documentary, awarded the Grammy for the best music film, will focus on Amy Winehouse, her addictions, self-harm, eating disorders and how those mixed into her talent. A panel of students and administrators will be follow the screening to lead a discussion.

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Wednesday is a heavy exam day. Here are some activities to get you through the day.

There will be a March Safe Zone even today from 12 to 3 p.m. in Sarratt Student Center 325/327. This Safe Zone Program aims to create a network and support system of allies and LGBTQI individuals, and will culminate in the distribution of Ally Pledges. Those interested can register here.

The World on Wednesdays discussion will continue this week with “Indonesia, the Improbable Nation: Bringing Together Language, Ethnic and Religious Diversity” from 12 to 1 p.m. in SLC Lower Level Meeting Rooms 1 and 2. Sponsored by the International Student and Scholar Services, this event will feature Rany Octaria, who will discuss how Indonesia fosters the incorporation of diversity into daily lives, the education system and the government.

As part of their McGill Hour Series, the McGill Project will be having hosting Cara Tuttle Bell, the director of Project Safe Center, for their “Supporting a Survivor” event. Head to the McGill TV Lounge at 6 p.m. to learn about supporting a friend after experiencing an instance of sexual assault.

Stop by Stambaugh House from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. for their weekly Stambaugh Soiree.

There will the Vanderbilt Chorale Concert at 8 p.m. in Turner Recital Hall, as a part of their spring recruiting tour of the Southeast. The event is free and open to the public.

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One more day until we’ve reached Spring Break!

A great way to spend your day is by attending the Talk About it Thursdays: Inclusion Initiatives & Cultural Competence Professional Development Series event from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Sarratt 325/327. This program aims to looks at multiculturalism and how that fits into higher education, opening discussion between the Office of the Dean of Students and undergraduates to figure out how they can make the most welcoming and accepting community.

Support the Vanderbilt Vitality Dance Company in their “Inspired By…” performance from 8 to 9 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. Enjoy student-choreographed dances, and guest performances by Harmonic Notion, Tap That, Nilaja Amari and Vanderbilt Philippine Dance Theatre.

Another fun option is the Work Hard, Play Hard Seminar presents: The Commons Playground from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Commons First Floor. This event, sponsored by Crawford House, is a way to blow off steam. There will be a photobooth, improvisation games and problem-solving games.

You can’t miss the Wilskills Lecture on Backcountry Cooking from 7 to 8 p.m. in Garland 101. Stop by to learn recipes and backcountry cooking techniques for your outdoor adventures!

Enjoy one of the two Commons House events tonight: Northern Exposure from 8 to 9 p.m., or Murray Munchies from 9 to 10 p.m.

There will be another WAM Presidential Debate Series tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. Head to the Kissam Center to see the Republican Debate Screening.

Finally, the Nashville Predators will play the New Jersey Devils tonight at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone.

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Campus simmers down today, as students head home or to warmer places for Spring Break.

If you’re still in town, consider Blake Shelton’s performance in the Bridgestone Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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