Plan Your Week: Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

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This lazy Sunday is the last day of January. As the first exams begin to line up this week, today proves to be one full of homework and studying.

Today is the deadline for the VUcept Application. If you are interested in becoming a mentor for first-year students, be sure to submit before midnight!

If you are feeling a movie night to round out your weekend, head to Hank Ingram House’s  Seminar Room from 1 to 3 p.m. to see “Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet.”  The Movies that Matter Organization selected this movie that highlights filmmaker Vikram Gandi, a man who pretends to be a religiously enlightened guru in Arizona. This social experiment aims to explore the intricacies of the mind and religion.

If tea and calligraphy are more your style, head to Sarratt 325/327 for Vanderbilt Undergraduate Chinese Association First General Body Meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants will be offered tea and Chinese snacks and given calligraphy lessons if they so wish.

For those interested in being tour guides, there are Tour Guide Mandatory Information Sessions in Commons MPR tonight. The first is from 7 to 8 p.m., the second from 8 to 9 p.m. These sessions will be scattered throughout the week. Prospective applicants must attend one of these mandatory sessions to apply to be a tour guide.

Women’s basketball plays Georgia in Memorial Gym at 2 p.m.

Finish your night by heading to Sutherland House on Commons for Sutherland Social, from 9 to 10 p.m. All undergraduate students, regardless of year, are invited to these events. Go to Sutherland Social to enjoy a study break before the craziness of this week begins.

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Monday, and the first week of February, gets off to a slow-start today. Here are two ways to mosey into the week.

McGill Hall will be hosting “The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt” from 5 to 6 p.m. in the McGill TV Lounge as part of their McGill Hours series. Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman, author of the book the lecture is based on and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, will be present to speak about his research and the intricate issues of religion in that time period.

Another option is New Year, New You! from 7 to 8 p.m. in Elliston 1 Common Area. This seminar will focusing on the best way to fueling oneself after workouts and will discuss healthy diets as well as yoga poses. Refreshments will be provided.


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Vanderbilt’s aviation club, Star Wars music and a hockey game seem to dominate this Tuesday.

The AviaDOREs, Vanderbilt’s aviation club, will have their Discovering Day Info Session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Featheringill 138. Randy Hurt, a certified flight instructor, will be in attendance to discuss various types of pilot licenses. The club will discuss Discovery Day, the participants’ first flight lesson!

The Nashville Predators take on the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone at 7 p.m.

If you’re still running off the excitement of the latest Star Wars movie, you must go to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to see Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage at 7:30 p.m.  A live symphony orchestra will play the songs from the soundtrack in a never-before-seen performance you don’t want to miss.

If you’re feeling productive this Tuesday, head to The Leadership Studio from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Rand 306. Sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership Development, this seminar will focus on prioritization in leadership. Log into Anchor Link if interested!

If you’re feeling a movie, head to Sarratt Cinema from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to see “Living Downstream.” This movie, part of the iLens film series, looks at the role that the environment plays in health. Featured biologist Sandra Steingraber examines her own cancer diagnosis and the effect the environment played in it.

There will be another Tour Guide Mandatory Info Session today from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Old Gym (Admissions Office). Just a reminder that all potential applicants must attend one of these mandatory sessions in order to apply.

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Wednesday picks up where Tuesday left off, continuing the Leadership Projects, mandatory tour guide information sessions, and film screenings. Here’s what’s in store.

The iLens Film: M – A City Looks for a Murderer will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This German film (with English subtitles) examines a German serial killer in the peaking tensions before Nazi control and plans to prompt interesting reactions and conversation.

Today’s Tour Guide Mandatory Info Session will be in the Old Gym (Admissions Office) from 6 to 7 p.m.

The Leadership Studio also continues today. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., stop by Rand 308 to continue learning about prioritization in leadership.

If you’re looking to mix things up, consider World on Wednesday: “Myanmar, the Golden Land: Politics and Actual Change,” held from 12 to 1 p.m. in Rand 325/327. Khin Mon Nyein, a Burmese native and one of Peabody’s Hubert H. Humphrey fellows, will present and then dive into the unique issues of Myanmar’s political situation.

Another worthwhile option is Talk to Me 2.0: Racial Tensions and Mental Health, an event held as part of Talk to Me Week: How to Have Empathy When Talking About Diversity (which runs from Feb. 1-5). Head to Stevenson 4327 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to hear from Dr. Melvin, the new Inclusion and Access Coordinator of the PCC, who will speak to mental health and racial tensions that exist on this campus and beyond. Taziki’s will be served.

Finish your Wednesday with Stambaugh Soiree, held from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Stambaugh House. Meet some freshmen and gear up for the last few days of this week.


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There are lots of athletic events happening today.

The men’s tennis team plays Memphis at the Currey Tennis Center today. In addition, the men’s basketball team will take on Texas A&M at 6 p.m. in Memorial Gym, and the Nashville Predators play the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. in Bridgestone Arena.

Other options include What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Identity, a talk from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. in Wyatt Rotunda. This event (free and open to the public) features Dr. Robin DiAngelo, who will talk about common white racial patterns with the aim to develop white racial literacy with information, analysis and stories.

There will be a Vanderbilt University Orchestra performance at 8 p.m. in Blair’s Ingram Hall today honoring Allan Cox, a trumpet professor retiring this year. This event, also free and open to the public, will feature Franz Josef Haydn’s Symphony 88 “La Reine,” and Leoš Janáček’s “Sinfonietta.”

There are two Commons House events to check out today: Northern Exposure, held in North House from 8 to 9 p.m., and Murray Munchies from 9 to 10 p.m. The former promises lemonade and pancakes, and the latter an array of snacks. Head to Commons to enjoy both!  

On a more serious note, the Warren and Moore Colleges Presidential Debate Series will feature a Democratic debate screening in Kissam MPR from 8 to 10 p.m.

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We dive into the weekend with two awesome programmed events and another Blair performance.

The concert series admiring Allan Cox continues today at 8 p.m. Head to Ingram Hall to see Vanderbilt Wind Symphony with Allan Cox. Cox will be the featured soloist in Gillingham’s “When Speaks the Signal-Trumpet Tone.” Other performances follow, and there will be a reception afterwards.

After the event’s success last year, VPB’s The VenUe Presents: Second City! tonight from 7 to 11 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This famous Chicago improv comedy group has produced stars like Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Steve Carrell and was a hit last year. Their show is called  “Hooking up with The Second City,” featuring sketches about relationships. Students pay $10 a ticket at the Sarratt Box Office. This event is part of My Vanderbilt Experience.

Another event you can’t miss is Commons Ball 2016: Galaxy Gala, held in the Commons Center from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Commons is transformed in this annual event, and it will be filled with food galore, a DJ, laser tag, ice sculptures and allegedly a performance from all the Commons House presidents.

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Chinese New Year is this upcoming Monday, so use today to celebrate!

There is a Chinese New Year Celebration in Hillsboro Village from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be the classic Lion and Dragon Dance, chopstick games and traditional Chinese foods down the street.

Just a heads-up: the monthly test of tornado warning systems will occur at noon today. Alarms will go off for 15 to 30 seconds. In case of a real tornado, these same alarms would go off for three minutes.

If you missed “Legally Blonde: The Musical” two weeks ago because of the snow, do not fret: they are redoing their snowed-out show at 8 p.m. in Blair’s Ingram Hall tonight. You may pick up new (and free) tickets at the Sarratt Box Office.

Another awesome option is 5 Originals, a performance by senior Zach Elliott as well as performers from music groups on campus like Harmonic Notion. He will be debuting five of his original songs in his journey towards his Mariah Carey tribute showcase “Zach Sings Mariah” in April.

Finally, the Nashville Predators play the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone at 7 p.m.


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