Plan Your Week: Jan. 24 – 30

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Campus is still super snowy today, the snow increasing in slushiness as the temperature creeps up to a high of 39 degrees. Here are some tips for how to get out of your weekend slumber.

There is a tango workshop today with Maria Elena Ybarra and London Hong from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Student Life Center in Meeting Rooms 1 and 2. Following the fun from the beginners’ workshop yesterday, today’s class will be for more intermediate dancers. Tango your Sunday away and then head to their milonga at the Hotel Preston Pink Slip Lounge from 7 to 10 p.m.  And it’ a good deal – only $40 for the class!

If you’re feeling theatrics but tango isn’t your style, head to Sarratt Cinema for the Best Buddies Talent Show from 2 to 4 p.m.

Want to celebrate the snow? Make your way to the SLC Board of Trust room from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for the Dance Marathon Winter Family Party which celebrates and involves all families involved in Dance Marathon, an event quickly approaching on Feb. 20.

Hang around the SLC today to experience  Malaysian Cultural Night – The Journey of a MalayDore from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Malaysian Student Association at Vanderbilt will present the life of a Malaysian student, explaining their life story, how they ended up at Vanderbilt and what their future plans are. There will be food, performances and even the opportunity to grab a free t-shirt!

If you want some competitive drama this Sunday night, head to the Vanderbilt Concerto Competition Finals at 7 p.m. in Ingram Hall. In this final competitive round, judges will select the winner, who will be granted the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony on March 22 and the Vanderbilt University Orchestra on April 18.

Close out your Sunday by heading to the Sutherland Lobby from 9 to 10 p.m. for Sutherland Social. This will be a nice study break and a way to reunite with friends after being trapped in the snow this weekend.

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Today is the last day to add or drop a class without it appearing on your record.

To get your week started on a productive and informative foot, head to the Black Cultural Center from 12 to 1:30 p.m. for The Challenges of Entrepreneurship event. Dr. Orville Campbell, who holds a master’s in business administration and co-owns Nashville’s Café DbyD, will talk about the challenges of starting your own business.

The International Lens Film series continues with the screening of “Pandora’s Promise” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This film features the on-going discussion about nuclear power, focusing on the unique struggles of this modern day and age.  

For all of you female STEM undergraduate students, Vanderbilt University Women in Science and Engineering Club (VU-WiSE) is having a general body meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 201 in Alumni Hall. As the club looks ahead for re-elections, the president and treasurer will explain their duties to hopeful candidates.

Continuing the “girl power” trend, the Jam the Gym women’s basketball game versus Alabama begins at 6 p.m. in Memorial Gym.

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There are a ton of interesting and important events happening on campus today.

Perhaps the most well-advertised is “ALIEN: The Musical,” a performance that’s part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. This event, held at Blair’s Ingram Hall, is a locally-produced musical that talks about class struggle, politics and race — and the event is open students, faculty, and those living in Nashville. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You don’t want to miss it.

Another eye-catching event is The State of the VUnion: A Consideration of the Report of the Greek Life Task Force conversation that will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. in Moore College’s Smith 2 Common Area. The event will host the Faculty Senate Chair of the Greek Life Task Force, Dr. David Weintraub, and invite students to discuss the implications of the newly released campus report.

Yet another option is the Faculty Dinner Series Part 1, hosted in Branscomb Quadrangle from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Stop by to get free Taziki’s and hear Dr. Mentzel, director of the Office of Active Citizenship and Service, talk about global issues and how they affect college campuses.

There are also two workshops happening today: an RA Workshop to help with application and interviewing skills held from 5 – 6 p.m. in the SLC and a VUCept Application workshop held by the Center for Student Professional Development in Commons Center 235/237 from 6:30 — 7:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball takes on Florida in Memorial Gym tonight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Important conversations continue today as the sun comes out after a rainy day yesterday.

The January Safe Zone event, a 3-hour workshop sponsored by the Office of LGBTQI life, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in Rand 308. This program aims to make a safe space, as well as a network, for LGBTQI students, define what an ally is and examine how they can be a support system on this campus. This event is open to any student, faculty member or those who live in the Nashville area. You can register for the event here: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi/programs/safe-zone.

Another worthwhile event is the Free Speech and Diversity in Higher Education: Defining Student Rights and Responsibilities discussion held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the SLC Ballroom. Sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Speaker’s Committee, this event focuses on students’ right to free speech. Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and co-author of “The Coddling of the American Mind,” will join Jelani Cobb, a staff writer for the New Yorker, in speaking.

The International Lens Film Series continues with “The Gleaners and I” today. Head to Sarratt Cinema from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to enjoy a French movie that explores gleaners, people who pick up the leftover things in society. The movie will be in French with English subtitles.

The workshops continue today with Earn to Return: Application Workshop for Returning VUcept Candidates from 5 to 6 p.m. in Commons Center 237. This workshop will discuss why VUceptors have to reapply after serving a year, and will give advice on how to best structure this required reapplication.  

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Three things define this Thursday: debate-watching parties, Commons House events and night hikes.

There will be a Desserts and Debates – Debate Watch Party from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Towers East Lounge. Head on over to watch and discuss the Republican Debate with friends. The Kissam Center also invites students to watch the debate as a part of their WAM Presidential Debate Series, also from 8 to 10 p.m.

If you live on Commons (or are feeling nostalgic now on main campus) head first to Northern Exposure for pancakes and lemonade from 8 to 9 p.m., and then to Murray Munchies from 9 to 10 p.m.

There are two night hikes happening today: the Edwin Warner Park Night Hike at 6 p.m. and another at Percy Warner Park at 6:30 p.m. Both hikes will be around a five mile trek, and it’s suggested that you bring water and a headlight/flashlight for a night out in Nashville nature.

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As we enter the weekend after a long, action-packed week, here are the best ways to get your two days off started.

VPB’s The VenUe Presents: Casino Night! is a must. Head to the Student Life Center from 7 to 11 p.m. to enjoy food, slot machines, mocktails, poker, blackjack and craps. It’s a great way to unwind after a long week.

A more serious yet equally rewarding opportunity is the Cultural Education and Exchange Dinner Series (CEEDS) event held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Commons MPR. The event will have a catered dinner, live performances from on-campus groups and conversation between international and domestic students.

Another Friday night option is Concerts at Kissam, held from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Moore Great Room. This event, hosted by faculty head of house Dr. Jim Lovensheimer, will feature performances from campus musical groups.

The women’s track team hosts the Vanderbilt Invitational in their multipurpose facility. Go support our ‘Dores!

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Saturday proves to be a day of sports, EDM competitions and orchestra performances.

Our Lady ‘Dores will be competing a lot today. Vanderbilt women’s swimming takes on Marshall/North Florida in the Centennial Park Sportsplex, and women’s tennis plays Stanford at the Currey Tennis Center.

To raise money for the upcoming Dance Marathon Big Event, there will be the E(DM) contest held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 208 House between Beta Theta Pi and Kappa Alpha Theta on Greek Row. You don’t want to miss the DJs competing for a spot to open for Rites of Spring!

Finally, there will be A Tour of European Dances concert held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ingram Hall. The Vanderbilt Commodore orchestra undergraduates and graduates will play European music featuring Massenet, Borodin and Brahms. All proceeds benefit the European refugee crisis.

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