Plan Your Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

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Airports are packed and highways are jammed today as students roll in to campus, luggage in hand. Undergraduate residence halls open at 9 a.m. today.

Once you’re settled in, head to the Belcourt Theatre from 1 – 2:30 p.m. for FLiCX: Suzuki’s Tokyo Dinner, a fantastic Japanese yazaka film with English subtitles that shows influence of 1950s Hollywood and Pop Art. It will be an easy start before the week kicks in.

Another option, once your bags are unpacked, is heading to the Wyatt Center Steps at 1 p.m. to volunteer with Vandy H.O.M.E.’s Weekly Outreach at the Mercury Courts Transitional Center. Stick Around and volunteer until 3 p.m.

For those with later flights, Hank house will be hosting their weekly Hank Hangout from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. Head over to catch up with friends and hear about their first extended break home this semester.

The Tennessee Titans take on Oakland Raiders at noon at the Titan Stadium on Sunday, too.

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Today marks the last day of November.

As you look ahead towards the December month, enjoy Vanderbilt Steel Bands Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Blair’s Ingram Hall. Be transported to the tropics as you hear reggae, soca, calypso music, and even a holiday song or too. This event is free and open to the public.

As a part of the Warren Film Series Committee, Blade Runner will be shown from 7:30 – 10 p.m. in Dr. Fisher’s Suite in Warren 503. Stop by to hear a guest speaker discuss the sci-fi film, and sip on the light refreshments provided.

Support the women’s basketball team in Memorial Gym as they verse Air Force at 8 p.m.

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We have officially entered the last month of 2015, with temperatures ranging in the mid 50’s.

To get the spirit started in this holiday month, head to O’Come, O’Come Emmanuel Advent Service in Benton Chapel from 5 – 6 p.m. The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life invites all students to this service, and has promises to offer refreshments afterwards.

There are two concerts on campus today. The VOCE Fall Concert will be held from 8 – 9 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema, and the Sankofa Concert, featuring Vanderbilt’s African drum and dance ensemble, will perform at 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall.

The FLiCX series continues today with Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter at the Belcourt Theatre from 8 – 9:45 p.m. Participants can look forward to post-screening discussion with Jonathan Rattner, and can RSVP on Anchor Link.

A similar option is Music on Film event, held from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Dr. L’s Apartment (Smith 502). The night will showcase Lisztomania, a 1975 film based on the biography of Frank Liszt.

There will be a Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting from 2:10 – 4 p.m. in the Office of the Chancellor’s Board of Trust Room. Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Brett Sweet will present and discuss “Vanderbilt’s Balance Sheet,” and will have an open forum where they can ask questions.

If you’re feeling productive this Tuesday, head to Vanderbilt Graduate Student Panel from 6 – 7 p.m. in MRB 3 Room 1220. Graduate students from Vanderbilt in the Biology Department and Medical School will be speaking on what it’s like to be a graduate student, speaking about their own goals and the process to apply.

The Nashville Predators play the Arizona Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m.

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The middle day of this week proves to be incredibly busy on campus.

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center will present their Pre-Kwanzaa Luncheon at noon. This event, that’s free and open to the community, will have food, music, and Kwanzaa presentation.

Another interesting event it Pot Topics: Perspectives on Marijuana Legalization, a conversation held in Kissam Center MPR from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Panelists include Dr. Laurie Woods (McGill Faculty Head of House and a Lecturer of Sociology), Dr. Catherine Fuchs (Director of PCC and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics), Professor Isleide Zissimos (Lecturer in Economic Development), Chance Allen (Clinical Instructor and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the Nashville Integrative Life Center). They will discuss in a vibrant format the implications of legalizing marijuana on college campuses.

Another thought-provoking talk to consider is A Discussion with Stan Soocher, Author and Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, University of Colorado Denver, hosted from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Hyatt Room in the Vanderbilt Law School. Soocher will talk about his new book, “Baby You’re a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun and Profit” and talk about the legal actions that surrounded that. A lunch will be served.

McGill opens their lobby for the Youth Homelessness and You event, held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the McGill TV Lounge. McGill Four and Nashville Oasis Center will be hosting a discussion about youth homelessness, and will help create protein packs for the Oasis Center to distribute to young people experiencing homelessness in our area.

There are two performances happening on campus today. The first is Merton and Tao: An Experimental Theatrical Piece based on Thomas Merton’s The Way of Chuang Tzu, performed from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel. Feehly, a Nashville actor and Belmont professor, will pair with Richard Gershman, a LA Director, to put on this piece. The second is the Vanderbilt Harp Ensemble Concert in Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall at 8 p.m., which will feature nine of Vanderbilt’s student harpists.

The Ilens Film: Yesterday will be presented from 7:30 – 9:15 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema, and features a story about living with HIV in rural South Africa.

There will be a Joint VUCept/RA Information Session from 7 – 8 p.m. in Commons Center 235/237. The VUCept and Resident Advisor groups will each give 30 minute information sessions about applying to be a part of these two programs.

In town, the CMT Artists of the Year 2015 showcase will take place in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 7 p.m. Stay tuned to see stars on the streets and to see some of your peers at seat-fillers on TV.

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The sun is supposed to come out Thursday after a series of rainy days. There are three performances on campus today to celebrate.

The University Orchestra and Huntsville Youth Orchestra will perform in Blair’s Ingram Hall at 8 p.m. tonight. Alabama’s Huntsville Orchestra will present first, and will be followed the University Orchestra’s performance Igor Stravinksy’s The Firebird (1919 Suite).

Harmonic Notion will present PAJAMA JAM from 8 – 9:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema as their third and final fall concert.

The Original Cast is debuting their productionIf I Stay” from 8 – 10 p.m. in Langford Auditorium. The group has spent the semester writing script and combines songs from other musicals into this exciting show. The performance will include songs from Rent, Next to Normal, The Last Five Years, and If/Then, as the plot follows a couple through the trials and tribulations of their relationship

Other interesting events on campus today include Rene Marosis on the Intersection of Neuroscience and Law, a talk from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Calhoun 109. Marosis works in “Neurolaw,” a fascinating combination of law and neuroscience, and will discuss how the brain mechanics behind legal matters and decision-making. Free Chick-fil-A sandwiches will be provided.

Nashville Predators also play the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone.

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Friday is strangely calm on campus this week.

The Blair Big Band and Jazz Choir will perform at 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall, and will “celebrate composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn’s centennial and the holiday season with a special performance of Strayhorn and Duke Ellington’s arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite.”

If you missed the The Original Cast’s performance of “If I Stay” last night, you can see them again at Langford Auditorium from 8 – 10 p.m.

Another option is A Very Merry Christmas with Dave Barnes, which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Dave Barnes, a famous singer and songwriter, will present holiday favorites in an exciting show.

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The calm Friday paved the way for an action-packed Saturday.

First things first: the Workshop on Contemplative Leadership will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Room 122 in Vanderbilt Divinity School. The workshop will discuss Thomas Merton’s wisdom, and will discuss contemplation and thoughtfulness in effective leaders. It will examine how social activism and spirituality exist in a symbiotic relationship.

Just a heads-up: there will be a tornado warning test at noon. Sirens will sound for 15-30 seconds. In case of an actual tornado, the sirens would sound for 3 minutes.

Later on in the day, the December General Body Meeting for the Japanese Cultural Foundation will be hosted from 2 – 4 p.m. in Rand 308. The club will finish off the year by designing Japanese New Year Cards and eating traditional Japanese dishes.

There are two athletic events on campus today. The women’s track team is hosting the Indoor Opener on their indoor track facility in the Recreation and Wellness Center. women’s basketball will also play East Tennessee State at 1 p.m. in Memorial Gym.

In the mood for some Saturday poetry? If so, head to Blair’s Ingram Hall from 7 – 11 p.m. for The 8th Annual State of the Word. This night features the top high school and college poets and writers in an amazing event. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $3 for students and youth, and can be purchased in advance here.

Another performance to consider is From Head to Toe: That’s What It’s All About. Hosted from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema, Vanderbilt Juggling and Physical Arts Club will be joining Vandy Spoken Word, Tap That!, and Voce, and promises to show off Vanderbilt students and their talents from head to toe.

The Original Cast’s final performance of If I Stay will be showcased tonight from 8 – 10 p.m. in Langford Auditorium.

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