Plan Your Week: Nov. 8 – 14

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There’s no better to start the week with dancing. There are four different dancing-related events happening on campus today.

The African Dance Workshop, hosted by Vanderbilt’s Nijala Amari Dance Troupe and Vitality, will be held in Memorial Gym Studio C from 11 a.m. to noon. No experience is necessary!

There’s also the 38th Annual Theta BBQ & Stomp in the Student Life Center from 5 – 7 p.m. Watch the sophomore class dance, have some Jack’s barbecue to benefit Theta’s charity, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Tickets are $6.

If you’re interested in dancing but aren’t quite ready to move on a lazy Sunday, there are two dancing interest meetings today. The Café con Leche Choreographer and Dancer Interest Meeting will be held in Rand 308 from noon to 1 p.m., and invites all those interested in dancing or singing in Vanderbilt’s Association of Hispanic Student’s largest event of the year to attend. There is also the Asian New Year Festival 2016 Dancer Interest Meeting in Sarratt 216/220 from 7 – 10 p.m.

If that wasn’t enough, the Vanderbilt Performing Arts Center Presents: Fanfare will run from 8 – 10 p.m. in the Kissam Great Room. They will offer a fall-themed performance from fourteen different Vanderbilt performing arts groups, and will offer free caramel apples and hot cider. You can’t miss it.

Crawford House is hosting Ice Cream Crankin’ from 7 – 9 p.m., with the aim of forming their house’s signature ice cream flavor. Mikie Danger and Jenny Piper, the founder of Pied Piper Creamery, will work with these first-year students to create their own house flavor.

The CityVU Presents: Whole Foods Cooking Trip! is taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday as well. Students are invited to take a trip to Whole Foods to meet chefs that will teach them to cook a three-course dish.

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The momentum of a busy Sunday continues into Monday.

VPAC is on a roll this week. After a successful Fanfare showcase on Sunday, they’re hosting November Main Attraction at 12:30 p.m. in Rand Lounge. The Original Cast, Nach Vandy, and Vanderbilt’s Harmonic Notion will all perform.

Another musical option is the “Hearts Unsung” Benefit Concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center from 8 – 10:30 p.m. Miss America and Chuck Wicks will emcee the concert, whose proceeds will go to the Monroe CArell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Expect performances from Lady Antebellum, Trace Atkins, Maddie & Tae, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes, Jewel, Ryan Kinder, and Lennon and Maisy Stells. Tickets can be found at:

There is also the Made in Africa dance showcase from 7 – 8 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema that promises dance battles, as well as a celebration of the parallels between African Dance and hip-hop. The African Student Union and the Black Student Association will host the event.

Two productive activities this Monday are To Take or Not to Take: Registration and Class Advice, as well as The Importance of Service Learning event. The former will be held in the Smith 4 Common Room, and encourages students to come, swap information about class recommendations, as enjoy free pizza. The latter features Lauren Moon, a representative from the OACS office, and opens the conversation to the meaning and importance of community service.

To kick off the Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships week, the Bawdy Positivity: Burlesque for Every Body with Delinquent Debutants will run from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Rand 307. Learn to dance burlesque with encouraging company.


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Tuesday can be summed up in three words: cupcakes, conversations, and charity.

First things first: the Happiness Hangout: Cupcake Edition will be held from 6:30 – 9 p.m. in the Stambaugh kitchen. End your Tuesday right by baking, decorating and devouring a well-deserved cupcake.

There are three important conversations happening on campus today.

The #VandyBlackOutDay: Redefining Blackness presentation and conversation will be hosted by Vanderbilt’s chapter of the NAACP from 7 – 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall 206. Hustler Opinion editor and journalist Queen Oluwafemi Stevenson, filmmaker Jay Johnson, singer-songwriter Sedina Tsikata, and public relations specialist Sarah Hunt will present and discuss how to redefine African American stereotypes on campus and beyond.

Another important conversation is “What’s in a Nose? On the Origins, Evolution, and Implications of the Anti-Semitic Caricature” presented by Sara Lipton from Stony Brook University. Head to Buttrick 113 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. to engage in the topic.

Finally, the Young Americans for Liberty and Vanderbilt University will host the Free Market Environmentalism Event from 7 – 8 p.m. in Calhoun 203. John Anthony, from the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, will address the EPA, and the government’s role in regulating the environment.

The Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships Week features two events today: Get Tested Tuesday!, and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Pornography in the Internet Age.” The program welcomes students to come to Sarratt 216/220 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for free HIV testing. They promise results in less than twenty minutes. Later in the day, they invite undergraduates to Buttrick 102 to talk about all things pornography: its history, how to communicate about it when you being a relationship, and the compulsive behaviors that tend to surround it.

On a completely unrelated note, the Nashville Predators verse the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

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Many students will be celebrating Diwali today.

The Diwali Puja will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. in Rand 308, and on the Rand Terrace. The Vandy Karma club will provide food, will help attendees make their own Diyas, or oil lamps (as is customary on the holiday). After a short presentation on Diwali, the Vandy Karma club will lead participants outside to release their Diyas into the air. They will perform a short Puja ritual afterwards.

World on Wednesdays continues this week with Minority as Majority. Head to the SLC Meeting Rooms 1&2 from 12 – 1 p.m. to hear a presentation from Kehsi Iman Wilson from Intercultural Affairs & Advocacy. He will discuss ways to improve multicultural competency.

Other events this Wednesday include CMA EDU Presents: Q&A with John Huie from 6 – 7 p.m. in Calhoun 203. Head over to hear more about John Huie’s work with the Creative Arts Agency (CAA), a booking and talent agency within the music business.

There is also the Undergraduate Research Information Session with Dr. Friedman in Medical Research Building 3, Room 1220, from 6 – 7 p.m. Dr. Friedman is prepared to answer any questions from undergraduates about research opportunities.

Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships Week presents The Pill’s 55th Birthday Bash from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Margaret Cuniggim Women’s Center as well as a conversation on Netflix and Chill/Date from 6 – 7 p.m. Have some birthday cake with Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee and take pictures in the birds and the bees photo booth at noon, and then discuss Vanderbilt’s hook-up culture (and its interactions with religion) in the Office of Religious Life’s Fireside Longue at 6 p.m.


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Head to the 100 Days to Dance Marathon Tabling Event from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Sarratt/Rand Promenade to register and enter for raffle ticket prizes.

To keep the “For the Kids” spirit alive, go to the Camp Kesem Benefit Concert from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema, which benefits a one-week summer camp for children whose parents have/had cancer. The Melodores, Vanderbilt Variations, Dodecaphonics, Momentum, Tongue n Cheek, Swingin’ Dores, Vandy Spoken Word will perform, and there will be Chik-fil-A served after the show. Tickets are $8 on the card.

Another great option this Thursday is VPB’s Speaker Committee Presents: Jared Cohen: “Digital Counterinsurgency: How to Marginalize the Islamic State Online.” Head to Langford Auditorium at 7 p.m. to hear the Director of Google Ideas speak. Tickets are free for students and available at the Sarratt Box Office.

Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships Week continues with Let’s TED Talk About Sex from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Sarratt Student Center, and Down with the Swirl? A Panel Discussion on Interracial Dating and Relationships from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Auditorium. Watch TED talks about sex and relationships and enjoy free popcorn and candy in the earlier event, and end your day with a discussion about multiracial dating at Vanderbilt.

The Nashville Predators are taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m.

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 Start your Friday off right with a brisk walk to Blakemore to participate in Coffee & Conversations, an event run by Kevin, the RA. From 8:30 – 10 a.m., get a free cup of coffee in exchange for a short talk with Kevin.

Another option is the Vandy_LAN Fall 2015 gaming event in Featheringhill from 6 – 11 p.m. Tournaments include FIFA 16, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros, Super Smash Bros for Wii, and Destiny, as well as DDR, Dance Central, and Guitar Hero. Entry is free for undergraduates. The event will have free food, drinks, and prizes.

There will also be a Vandy Cooks: “The Joy in Sharing Meals” event in the Recreation and Wellness Center’s Demonstration kitchen from 12 – 1 p.m. Join Dean Emilie M. Townes dietitian Melinda Mahoney to talk about the joys of sharing food in the community, and even try some healthy comfort foods.

The Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships Week continues with Freaky Friday: Self-Pleasure as Self-Care in Sarratt Room 325. Emi Canahuati, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, will talk more about mastering your own anatomy, as well as what are the best sex toys and lubricants to augment your experience.

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Today is the second to last home football game of the year. The Commodores take on Kentucky in a game you can’t miss.

Before the tailgates, head to the Nashville Half Marathon and 5K. It starts at 7 a.m. and gives runners plenty of time to rest before the big game. Runners will run down Broadway, through East Nashville, and the Gulch, and will have the opportunity to attend a block party immediately afterwards.

The Harmonic Notion Fall Concert is presented from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema today.

The Nashville Predators play the Winnipeg Jets at the Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m.

The Voices of Praise Gospel ExtraVUganza will be held from 1 – 3 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema, and invite all students to come watch and worship.

The Warren and Moore Presidential Debate Series is hosting screenings of the Republican and Democratic debates from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Kissam Center.

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