Plan Your Week: Jan. 17 – 23

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Today is Bid Day for Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment. New members will open their bid envelopes and receive formal invitations from their chapters today.

Join Manna Project International for their MLK Weekend of Service as they volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank from 2 – 4 p.m.

After the day calms down, head to the Kissam Center MPR for the Warren and Moore College Presidential Debate Series’ screening of the Democratic Debate. The event should run from 8 – 10 p.m.

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! There are no classes for undergraduate schools today. Campus will be filled with activities to commemorate the life of Dr. King.

To kick off the day in celebration of Dr. King, join students in the Nashville Freedom March. Buses will pick up students at Kirkland Circle (as well as Murray Circle in the Ingram Commons) at 9:15 a.m., and will bring them to the Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church. Participants will march to the TSU Gentry Center, where buses will bring them back to campus between 11 a.m. and noon.

Another option to celebrate the day is the Nashville Freedom Ride. Students are invited to check in at Branscomb Circle between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. The bus will bring them to Harper’s Soul Food Restaurant for Lunch until 1 p.m. After that, Kwame Lillard, a Nashville Freedom Rider, along with Sandra Brown, will give riders a tour of sights of the civil rights movement in Nashville. The bus will return at 5 p.m.

Also at 11:30 a.m. is the MLK Lunchtime Symposium, held in the SLC Trust Room. Tim Wise, in his speech entitled “Colorblindness was not the Dream: MLK, Black Lives Matter, and the Struggle for Racial Equity” will discuss democracy and how color-conscious initiatives affect that, and what role students can play in changing it.

There will also be four teach-ins. From 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. there will be “South African Campuses in Color,” held in the Divinity School Reading Room; “Check Your Privilege 2.0” in Sarratt Cinema; “Vanderbilt in Black and White” in Commons MPR 235/237. From 2:45 to 4 p.m. there will be “How to Talk About Race, Part II” in Commons MPR 235/237, “Spiritual Activism” in the Divinity School Reading Room, and “In Honor of Disruption: Civil Disobedience and the Making of a Movement” in Sarratt Cinema.

From 4 – 5 p.m. the Office of Active Citizenship and Service is hosting Reflections on Service and Social Justice in the OACS Lounge in 305 Sarratt/Rand, where participants are invited to reflect on the day, as well experiences in social justice.

At 6:30 p.m., students are invited to the Candlelight Vigil in Langford Auditorium to commemorate Dr. King and reflect on his service. As a part of the MLK Keynote Address, stay to watch MLK Middle and High School Essay Contest Winners read their work at 6:45 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Chancellor will open the keynote speech, which will be delivered by Reverend James Lawson.


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Classes resume again today after a long three-day weekend.

Join Mentor TENNISsee at the Vanderbilt Tennis Center from 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. as they teach students from Knowledge Academics how to play tennis, split them off into teams, compete, have snacks, and work on homework. This event kicks off the club’s activities for this semester.

There will be an Engineering Study Abroad Information Session today from 5:10 – 6 p.m. in Stevenson 5312.

There is an information session for the Phi Sigma Rho STEM undergraduate sorority from 6 – 6:45 p.m. today in Alumni 201.

Other information sessions are the Transfer Student Information Session for the Housing Assignment Process, held from 6 – 7 p.m. in the SLC Board of Trust Room. There is also the VUcept Q&A, hosted in Commons Center MPR by executive board members from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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Wednesday proves to be just as busy as Tuesday

Continuing from Monday, there will be a 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture from 12:05 – 1:05 p.m. in the Law School’s Flynn Auditorium. Professor Paul D. Butler from Georgetown Law School will lead the talk, entitled “The System is Working the Way it’s Supposed To: The Limits of Criminal Justice Reform.”

Another thought-provoking event is the World on Wednesdays: ‘What is your race?’ discussion in the Student Life Center Lower Level Meeting Rooms 1 & 2. This event will focus on racial perception in Morocco from 12 – 1 p.m.

There is also the Student Org Fair, hosted from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Sarratt Promenade. Head over to hear more about clubs and student organizations to join in the new semester.

If you missed it yesterday, you can go to the second Engineering Study Abroad Information Session from 5:10 – 6 p.m. in Stevenson 5312.

There is a VUCept Upperclass Student Application Workshop today from 5 – 6 p.m. in the second floor of the SLC.

From 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. there will be a screening of “Ilens Film: Doomsday Book” In Sarratt Cinema, a South Korean directed movie that counts towards both My Vanderbilt Experience, and Greek Member Experience points.

As Wednesday ends, head to Stambaugh Soiree from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. This event is Stambaugh’s weekly gathering, where students can enjoy conversation and food from Casa Azafran, their community partner.


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Thursday will be a frigid, rainy day. Here are some things to keep your mind off the weather.

There will be a Study Abroad and Passport Fair, held from 1 – 4 p.m. in Sarratt 220. Come to explore all over the over 100 study abroad programs Vanderbilt has to offer.

As the housing assignments approach, first-years may be confused as to where to place their ballots. To settle this confusion, there will be a First Year Information Session for the Housing Assignments Process from 6 -7 p.m. in the Commons MPR.

Another option this Thursday is the Lanterns Presents: Stories event, hosted by the Multicultural Leadership Council in the SLC Board of Trust room from 5 – 6:30 p.m. This event will be a safe space for international students to share their experiences in conversation, with the overall goal to bridge the gap between domestic and international undergraduates on campus.

Afterwards, head to the Moore Movie Night in Dr. Moore’s Faculty Director Department in Smith 502 to see his screenings of influential films. This week, enjoy “Dead Poets Society” from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

There will be a Lecture by Nobel Prize Winner Peter Agre from 4 – 5 p.m. in Room 208 in Light Hall today as well. His talk will be on “Opening Doors Worldwide through Medical Science.” This event is free and open to the public.

“Legally Blonde: the Musical” debuts today! See Vanderbilt’s Off-Broadway’s production of this hilarious classic from 8 – 10:30 p.m. in Ingram Hall.

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The business settles down as we head towards the weekend. Friday really only has one major event.

If you missed the show yesterday, head over to Ingram Hall at 8 p.m. to see Vanderbilt Off-Broadway’s second performance of “Legally Blonde: the Musical.”

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If your Saturday needs a little bit of flavor, join the Vanderbilt Tango Club’s Workshop with Maria Elena Ybarra and London Hong. Head to the SLC Meeting Rooms 1 & 2. The cost is $40 a day for students, but is worth it!

There is a Volunteer Day at Warner Parks beginning at 10 a.m. Today. Head to Warner Park Nature Center for a day of service in the outdoors to end your weekend right.

Another option off-campus is the Zoo Run Run, hosted at 3 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. This 5k run will wind through the zoo’s property and is a great day to spend your Saturday.

There will be another showing of VOB’s “Legally Blonde: the Musical” at 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall today.


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