Plan Your Week: Mar. 20 – 26

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Happy first day of spring! Although the high is Nashville is 48 degrees, celebrate the change in season with these activities.

There will be a Tacos & Tabs event held 12 – 3 p.m. at the Alpha Delta Pi House. Alpha Delta Pi joins with Alpha Tau Omega to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Stop by for tacos, lawn games, and music!

Around the same time is the Chinese Easter celebration in Rand 308, held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This event, sponsored by ‘Dores to China, focuses on an Asian celebration of Easter featuring dim sum desserts and more. Attendants are invited to make animal-shaped buns from dough to steam and eat together in honor of this tradition. A documentary about making Chinese food will follow after.

Feeling stressed? Want to let loose? Consider the Mind, Body, Bhangra event held today from 1 to 4 p.m. in SLC’s Board of Trust Room. This program brings South Asian Culture together with mental health and college stresses. It will begin with a yoga session, feature a speaker who talks about mental illness and how it intersects in culture and conclude with a Bhangradores clinic.

The baseball team plays Mississippi State at 1 p.m. on Hawkins Field today.

You know you can’t miss the 7th Annual Puppy Play Day from 2 to 4 p.m. on Alumni Lawn.  Vanderbilt Protecting Animal Welfare Society (VPAWS) bring dogs from local shelters for people to play with and to de-stress with during finals. Stop by to have food, see musical performances and hear representatives from animal rescue organizations to talk about volunteer opportunities.

There is also the Kappa Delta Shamrock dodgeball tournament from 2 to 4 p.m. on Alumni Lawn to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee.

Stop by Sarratt Cinema from 3 to 5 p.m. today to see the Vanderbilt Star songwriting competition. Students from MTSU, Belmont and Vanderbilt will compete for a contract with Lamon records.

There’s the Warren College Sunday Night Dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Warren 503 with the faculty head of Warren. Tonight’s feature is the Build Your Own Burger night. Apple pie, chips and potato salad will also be served.

The iLens film series continues with “Trapped,” which examines laws regarding abortion providers in the United States. Head over to Sarratt Cinema at 7:30 p.m. for the show.

On Commons, there’s the Sutherland Social from 9 to 10 p.m., and the Hank Hangout from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Finally, there will be the Vanderbilt Percussion Group Concert at 8 p.m. in Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall. Directed by Ji Hye Jung, this event is free and open to the public.

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The sun comes out again on this busy Monday.

Everyone loves a free t-shirt, right? Head to the Rand Wall between 12 to 1 p.m. to get a free, body-positive Comfort Colors t-shirt from Go Figure!

Today is the first day of the Impact Symposium, featuring Azar Nafisi and Brittany Packnett from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Student Life Center Ballroom. The former is a best-selling author, while the latter is a Black Lives Matter activist and Teach for America Executive Director. Tickets are free for undergraduate students.

To kickoff the “Without Border: Refugee Awareness Week,” head to Sarratt Cinema at 7 p.m. for the What in the World is Happening event, led by Dr. Clive Mentzel from the Office of Active Citizenship and Service and Holly Johnson from the Tennessee Office of Refugees. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

There will be a Desserts and Debates – Debate Watch Party tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Carmichael Towers East Lounge. All residents from the Carmichael Towers community are invited to stop by!

The Melodores are holding a free concert in Alumni Hall tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. with the Whiffenpoofs and the Ill Harmonic!

The Nashville Predators play the Los Angeles Kings tonight at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone.

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There’s a little bit of career advice, politics and pizza this Tuesday.

To begin, there’s a Grad Fair for Seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Sarratt Promenade. This event, hosted by Alumni Relations, features free Jeni’s ice cream, allows seniors the opportunity to get regalia and other commencement things, take yearbook photos, browse class ring selections, get advice from the Center of Student Professional Development and leave their mark with the senior class fund.

Julia Serano, author of “Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity” and “Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive” is on campus today. There’s a lunch discussion with her from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Buttrick 123 and a Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive event where she will be presenting from 5 to 7 p.m. in the SLC Board of Trust room.

Another option today is the Career Advice: How to Maximize Your Social Impact program, held from 6 to 7 p.m. in Furman Hall 114. Three Vanderbilt graduates and alumni of Harvard Business School will give students advice, talk about life post-Vanderbilt, and discuss how to best make an impact in the business world and beyond.

Also from 6 to 7 p.m. is the Politics and Pizza event. Stop by the Vanderbilt-Barnard lobby for a free slice of pizza and chat with Professor Globetti from the political science department about the upcoming election.

The Impact Symposium continues today and features Spike Lee, an Academy Awardnominated filmmaker, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Langford Auditorium.

Close out your Tuesday at 8 p.m. with Towers Tuesday: Freshmen Year PTSD in the Towers East Lounge. Mingle with professors from General Chemistry, Calculus, other introductory courses, and show how far you’ve come now as an upperclassmen. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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Halfway through the week! Here’s the best way to keep the momentum going.

Today is the second day of the Senior Grad fair. Head to the Sarratt Promenade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to participate.

Stop by Alumni Lawn from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for Vanderbilt Best Buddies biggest event of the year: Spread the Word to End the Word. There will be a band, speaker, food and a promise of a good time.

There will be the Derby Days Dance Competition from 7 to 9 p.m. in the SLC Ballroom. Stop by to see sororities compete, then enjoy food from local vendors.

Today’s Impact Symposium speaker is John Boehner: Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Make your way to Langford Auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to hear him speak.

As part of Refugee Awareness Week, there will be a Vigil held from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Library Lawn. Hosted by the Interfaith Council, this vigil will honor and remember those who have died trying to flee persecution.

There will be a showing of “Selma” from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema today, as a part of the iLens Film series. This film looks at the three-month period when MLK was trying to secure equal voting rights.

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Rumor has it that carnivals and pancakes await this Thursday.

As a heads up: there will be an AlertVU emergency notification system test at 2 p.m. Prepare to receive calls, e-mails and text messages as they test the system.

There’s the Purim Carnival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Alumni Lawn today. Purim, celebrated on the 14th of the Hebrew Adar every year, commemorates the salvation of Jewish people in ancient Persia. There will be a gladiator joust, a huge inflatable obstacle course and several Jewish customs like the reading of the Megillah. Free food will be provided.

Another option around the same time is We Will Be Seen: An Interactive Art Show, held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Cohen Memorial Hall Atrium. Hosted by the Hidden Dores, this show looks at Yik Yaks and student artwork to discuss the significance of imagery, language, art and race. A reception will follow afterwards as well.

Another thought-provoking event is the Piece of Mind Showcase: A Conversation About Mental Health, held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Active Minds at Vanderbilt features five speakers from diverse areas on campus that will share their experiences with mental health. The Dodecaphonics will perform as well.

There will be the Vandy Cooks: Vegetarian Proteins with Chef Brian program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Recreation and Wellness Center. To celebrate National Nutrition Month, Chef Brian will cook dishes with vegetarian protein sources and will provide samples for attendees.

On the athletic side, there are two events to attend: women’s tennis plays Tennessee at the Currey Tennis Center today and the Nashville Predators take on the Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone.

Finally, there’s the Northern Exposure event from 8 to 9 p.m. at North House. Stop by for pancakes and lemonade.

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TGIF!

There are two athletic events today: men’s tennis plays Texas A&M at the Currey Tennis Center. The women’s track team hosts the Black & Gold Invitational today as well.  

There’s the Berry Lecture in Public Philosophy entitled ‘Blood Oil’ from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Furman 114.

There’s the Derby Days Flag Football game from 3 to 5 p.m. at Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Fields today as well.

Finally, there’s the Mass Cycle: A Meditation on Cancer event from 8 to 10 p.m. in Alumni Hall Lounge. This performance by the Vanderbilt Theatre Lab is an original, collaborative theater piece, and is inspired by a current Vanderbilt student’s battle with Stage IV ovarian cancer. It focuses on the struggles of being a cancer patient and the hope, triumph, fear, loss and love that goes with it.

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Vanderbilt continues to host the Black and Gold Track Invitational today.

The main event is Café Con Leche 2016, held from 7 to 8 p.m. in Langford Auditorium. This is the Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students’ cultural showcase. There will be dance, music and performances. There’s dinner beforehand at the SLC, and the performance is at Langford Auditorium.

There’s the Roll Your Own event from 4 to 8:15 p.m. Go to McTyeire’s dining hall tonight to participate in the Japanese Cultural Foundation’s event. They have supplies for all to share!

The Mass Cycle: A Meditation on Cancer event continues from 8 to 10 p.m. in Alumni Lounge again.

The Nashville Predators play the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone.

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