Plan Your Week: Nov. 1 – 7

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There are plenty things to do this first cloudy day of November.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is hosting their Survivors Rock! Event in the Student Life Center from 2 – 4 p.m. Head over to hear Soul Inclusion sing, and enjoy performances from workers at the Medical Center. All of Vanderbilt’s student body is invited.

The Tri Delta Sorority is hosting their Delta Underground 2015 show today in Sarratt Cinema at 2, 4, and 6 p.m. The Melodores will be joining to perform at the 2 and 4 p.m. shows, and the Dodecaphonics will take the stage at the final 6 o’clock show. All proceeds will go to Tri Delta’s sorority, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

To get your November on a charitable start, head to the Wyatt Steps at 1 p.m. to join Vandy H.O.M.E. volunteer at the Mercury Courts Transitional Housing Center. The group plans to return to campus at 3 p.m.

A classic Sunday option is the Hank Hangout event in Hank Ingram House from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Downtown, the So You Think You Can Dance tour is taking place at TPAC at 7:30 p.m. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also hosting Luke Bryan: Interview and Acoustic Performance at 2 p.m.

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The academic day this November is off to a slower start.

On campus, there is the Care of People in War and Conflict event in Frist Hall, Vanderbilt Nursing Annex, in room 140. This event, hosted by the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health Student Advisory Council, features a discussion and presentation from Kaz de Jong, Ph.D., a psychologist from Doctors Without Borders. His presentation will focus on the program, and will focus on how to best take care of patients during times of conflict. Register here:

First-year students get to attend the Evening with the Chancellor event with their Visions Groups. There will be two separate sessions: one from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., and another from 7 – 8 p.m. Hosted in Langford Auditorium, students will be given the opportunity to ask the Chancellor more about the university, his career, and what they can expect for the rest of their time at Vanderbilt.

Off campus, the Belcourt Theatre is showcasing “Fantasia,” a childhood classic, at 6 p.m. Stick around to see “The Forbidden Room” at 8:30 p.m., a chilling Canadian movie that will keep Halloween alive even as the candy is put away. “Goodnight Mommy” will close off the night at 9:35 p.m. This German film follows a mother who becomes unrecognizable to her children after face changing cosmetic service. These three thought-provoking films are a good way to start your week.

Interested in business? How about a free lunch? The Owen Graduate School of Management is hosting a free lunch/info session for undergrads on Nov. 2 about career launcher programs/degrees offered through Vanderbilt Business. The event will take place from 12:00-1:00PM in Room 216/220 of the Sarratt Student Center. Click here to RSVP:


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Tuesday picks up Monday’s slack, proving to be an action-packed day on campus.

Head to the SLC Ballroom from 5 – 7 p.m. for AOII’s Rock on Omicron! event whose proceeds will benefit the Arthiritis Foundation Tennessee Chapter and Justin’s TRIumph over GAN. Lena Stone, a Nashville artist, will perform, as will the Dodecaphonics, and some of the AOII sisters. For $5 cash (and $6 on the card), also enjoy Hip Hues canvas printing and homemade baked goods.

Another option is An Evening with S.P.E.A.R., hosted from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Rice 2 Common Room. Stop by to hear more about S.P.E.A.R.’s role on campus, and engage in discussions about Vanderbilt’s past and future recycling and sustainability efforts.

The Holocaust Lecture Series continues this week with Genocide and Sexual Violence: A Panel Discussion from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Commons Center MPR. The series features Sonja Hedgebeth, Professor of German at MTSU, Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, a Professor that focuses on comparative history of genocide at the University of Pennsylvania, Jocelyn Kelly, the director of the Women in War program at Harvard, and Edward Kissi, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida. The panel will be moderated by Yolanda Redero, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt, and will be a vibrant and important discussion on the many issues between genocide and sexual violence throughout our world’s history.

Rumor has it that Kissam Kitchen is hosting a barbecue night Tuesday. Head over to have beef, turkey, or veggie burgers, “Backyard Macaroni Salad,” fried onion rings, and sweet fries.

Stick around after dinner for the Concerts at Kissam event, hosted in the Moore Great Room at 8 p.m. Join Moore’s Faculty Director, Dr. Jim Lovensheimer, for a night of musical performance and appreciation.

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Wednesday keeps up Tuesday’s pace.

There will be a LSAT Tip Session from 12 – 7 p.m. on the 6th floor of Smith in Moore College. This event will go through the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the LSAT, and will go over review questions.

To shake off the pressure of the LSAT, then head to the Eskind Biomedical Library at 11:30 a.m. for their weekly Walking Wednesday gathering, for a thirty minute walk around campus.

The International Student and Scholar Services group is hosting World On Wednesdays: Bharatanatyam Through the Ages from 12 – 1 p.m., and will highlight the culture and history behind this unique Bharatanatyam form of dancing.

FreshIDEAS, Multicultural Leadership Council’s first-year program, will be having its bi-weekly meeting in the Sutherland Seminar from from 6 – 7 p.m. in Buttrick 202, to discuss both diversity issues and the transitions into college.

Political Science Professor Jonathan Hiskey, whose research is focused in Latin America, will present Volunteering in the Developing Worldan Interactive Lecture. Hosted by Manna Project International, in Buttrick 202 from 6 – 7 p.m., will focus on making your time at a service center worthwhile.

Arguably the greatest event this Wednesday is the International Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by Every Nation Campus from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the SLC Ballroom. This is the 4th annual event of this kind, and will have a photo booth, giveaways, and games, on top of a Thanksgiving meal. Tickets are $5.

Downtown, the Country Music Awards will take place in Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. Take this into considerations when navigating traffic.


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There are lots of important conversations happening on campus today.

A Vanderbilt Education: Insight, Innovation, Impact, and Integration is an event held at the Black Cultural Center from 12 – 1 p.m. It will explore where African American students have gone since they arrived on campus of fifty years ago, and discuss their fifty years of professional and research experience and how that has affected both campus and the larger society.

There is also the Wrong Side of the Wall: How the Innocent End Up in Prison, and How They (Sometimes) Get Out from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Flynn Auditorium in the Law School. Nina Morrison, the Senior Staff Attorney for the Innocence Project, and her client, John Resitvo, who was wrongly convicted of committing a rape and murder in 1984 (who was later exonerated) will be presenting. A reception will immediately follow the presentation.

Jeni Bretton Bauer, the founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creamstalk, will present in the Own it Campaign Launch, which will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. in Wilson 103. Considering the amount of Jeni’s ice cream Vanderbilt students consume, this event is a definite for Thursday.

If you need to mix things up before the weekend, head over to the SLC Ballroom from 5 – 7 p.m. for the Zumba with Zeta event. There will be an introductory dance session from 5:10 – 5:55 p.m., and refreshments, raffle prizes, and conversation to follow.

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This Friday features a discussion with the Chancellor, an Asian food celebration, as well as a student-run theatrical adaptation of the Commons reading.

In Sarratt Cinema, from 2:10 – 4 p.m., a Town Hall with Chancellor Zeppos on “Vanderbilt’s Endowment” will feature Brett Sweet, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He, along with key staff members from the Office of Investments, will discuss Vanderbilt’s endowment and other financial questions and issues.

Vanderbilt graduate Brian Ganger, along with students of VUTheatre, are debuting The City of Songs, an adaptation of the Commons reading, “The Madonnas of Echo Park” in Neely Auditorium at 8 p.m. this Friday. Other performances will be on November 7, 12, 13 and 14, also at 8 p.m.

There is a Taste of Asia 2015 event from 7 – 9 p.m. in the SLC Ballroom, hosted by the Asian American Student Association. This annual food celebration will feature a buffet of traditional Asian dishes from over a dozen countries, as well as Anthem, their literary and visual art exhibit (made of student submissions.) If the food wasn’t enough of an incentive, go in and wipe for “My Vanderbilt Experience” and “Greek Member Experience” programs.

The Black Cultural Center is showcasing “The Stuart Hall Project” from 2 – 5 p.m. A round table discussion will follow, featuring panelists Bill Schwarz from London University, Vanderbilt’s Professor Hortense Spillers, and Dennis Dworkin from the University of Nevada-Reno.

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The Commodores take on the Florida Gators today.

Today is Roberta Baines Wheeler Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Day, intended to raise awareness of this rare disease, and to raise money to support the funding of pulmonary hypertension research. From 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., the Vanderbilt Wellness and Rec Center will host a 5K event, a health fair, and a memorial ceremony.

Vanderbilt’s annual Relay for Life twelve-hour event will take place on Alumni Lawn today. Head over, donate to the American Cancer Society, celebrate cancer survivors, honor those who lost their lives to cancer, and enjoy a day (and night) of fun activities, games, and entertainment.

There are lots of downtown activities this Saturday, as well.

The Nashville Predators play the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena today.

The CMA Country Christmas is also happening downtown at the Grand Ole Opry House at 6 p.m. Nashville is clearly getting the Christmas spirit on early this Nov. 7.

The First Saturday Art Crawl is kicking off today, from 6 – 9 p.m. This event, featured on the first Saturday of every month, is when art galleries around Nashville offer free admission to view exhibits. Participants have the chance to explore the 5th Avenue of the Arts, 5th Avenue South, and the Historic Arcade.

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