Plan Your Week: Oct. 25 – 31

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Alumni are slowly leaving campus today.

Before all are gone and have dispersed throughout the country, head to the Fifty-third Annual Homecoming Regatta, an event that welcomes alumni, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The regatta is at Harbor Island Yacht Club, and is the first one Vanderbilt is hosting this year.

If you’re feeling a musical end to your Homecoming Week, head to Ingram Hall in the Blair School of Music to see the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir’s Fall Concert, from 2-3 p.m.

The Chi Omega Sorority presents their annual Chi O Fashion Show today from 5-8 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Senior sisters will model fashion from Nashville boutiques. All proceeds will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

There are many Halloween options today.

Head over to Blakemore Avenue for the Ninth Annual Intercollegiate Pumpkin Carving event, one that runs from 3:30 – 9 p.m. The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine welcomes all students to carve pumpkins, sip cider, have cookies, and listen to music in the Fannie Mae Dees Park as the perfect end to your Sunday.

Another Halloween option is the Trivia Night: Halloween Edition in the Kissam Multipurpose Room. Try your hand at Halloween-themed questions and compete in the costume contest in this event that runs from 8-10 p.m.

Finally, there is the Trick-or-Treat Event at the Belle Meade Plantation. Participants are invited to walk around the historic buildings, wear costumes, and even trick-or-treat from 1-2:30 p.m.

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Campus is relatively calm this Monday after a long, exciting weekend.

The sisters from Pi Beta Phi are hosting their Pie a Pi Phi event on the Rand Wall from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pay $5 to pie a sorority woman in the face, to help raise money for charity.

Vanderbilt’s Law School is hosting Current Issues in Class Actions: A Conversation between U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar and Professor Brian Fitzpatrick from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Flynn Auditorium. Lunch will be provided, and the event, discussing American social class issues, is free and open to the public.

Another Monday activity is America’s Problem with Gun Violence, an event sponsored by the Vanderbilt NAACP. Students are invited to come to Furman 114 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. for a discussion on the topic.

Continuing the week’s Halloween theme, Ilens Film: The Witches will be presented from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema, by Andrea Mirabile, Associate Professor of Italian and Cinema & Media Arts. This film highlights five short stories of women, commenting on the female role in society.


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Tuesday picks up Monday’s slack, proving to be action-packed for students.

The Holocaust Lecture Series continues, presenting Inge Aerbacher, a child survivor of the Holocaust, from 7 – 8 p.m. in Wilson Hall 103. Aerbacher will talk about her experiences in concentration camps in Czechoslovakia, when she was only seven years old, and will discuss her journey to America and her work as a biochemist.

Two productive Tuesday activities include the Creating Connections event, from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Smith 3 Common Room, and the Spring Class Registration Meeting, held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in MRB 3 Room 1220. The former invites students to join RAs and the Center of Student Professional Development in conversations about drafting elevator pitches, making professional contacts, and making/using LinkedIn accounts. The latter, hosted by executive members from the Association of Biology Students, will have a presentation and a Q&A session with biology majors and pre-med students about professors/courses to take in the upcoming semester.

There will be a Students for Life October Meeting from 6-7:15 p.m. in Calhoun 104. Alejandro Capote, the regional coordinator for Students for Life for Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia is speaking, and will help prepare for their Planned Parenthood demonstration on November 16.

There is also a Vanderbilt Cancer Society General Body Meeting from 6-7 p.m. in Buttrick 301. The society welcomes new members to come in to discuss upcoming service opportunities at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Over free cookies, the group will make Halloween decorations to deliver to patients in the hematology/oncology ward at VUMC.

The Pi Phi Ever After Event is hosted in the SLC from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., to raise money for the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute and the Bill Wilkerson Center. For $5, attendees can expect performances from the Swingin’ Dores, Vanderbilt Off-Broadway, and from some Pi Phi’s.

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Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain on Wednesday, as there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy.

Vanderbilt’s Recreation and Wellness Center is hosting their Wellness Bash from 4 – 7 p.m. This event includes the Commodore Trot, a 5K race whose proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity’s Greater Nashville. Catered by Las Paletas, this race is always a great event – participants are encouraged to wear costumes. As the event’s flyer says: “$15 for a run, tank, popsicles, and a massage.”

Another outdoor option is the Legends Tour, hosted by the Student Alumni Board and Vanderbilt University Theatre. Meet on the front of Kirkland Steps at 5:30 p.m. to go on a tour of Vanderbilt’s haunted stories, hear about ghosts, urban legends, and campus’s spooky history. The first 50 students get t-shirts; all get Halloween-themed snacks.

If it ends up raining, there’s the Coming Back to Life: A Conversation with Ndume Olatushani and Anne-Marie Moyes in the Law School from 12 – 1 p.m. Olatushani will tell his story about being put on death row for decades for a crime he didn’t commit. You will hear from his lawyer, Vanderbilt Law School Alum Anne-Marie Moyes, about the intricacies of his case.


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Give your Thursday an interesting start by heading to the DUI Prevention Stimulation from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Alumni Lawn. Put on the Distorted Vision goggles, provided by Vanderbilt University Police Department, and attempt to “walk the line” and drive a golf-cart with impaired vision. This event is in honor of Alcohol & Other Drug Awareness Week.

After, head to Rand Wall at noon for Vandy Walks: Ghost Trees & Urban Legends event. Learn about the haunted tales at Vanderbilt from Steve Baskauf, Professor of Biological Science, until 1 p.m.

The Dance Marathon Carnival will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.

From 5 – 6 p.m., the Green Forum will run in the Commons Center Multipurpose Room. All students are encouraged to come and listen to Dr. Teresa Goddu from the English department speak about the “emerging genre of climate fiction,” one that tracks past global changes and opens conversation about the pending environmental situation in the future.

The Vanderbilt Public Relations Society, as a part of their semester-long speaker series, presents Andrew Maraniss, Partner at McNeely Piggott & Fox Public Relations from 6 – 8 p.m. in Buttrick 305.

To keep the Halloween trend going, head to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to see Halloween Movie Night: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Come at 8 p.m. in a costume, and enjoy the movie paired with music from organist Peter Krasinksi, to intensify your viewing experience.

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Friday is the warm-up for Halloween. There are plenty of activities to get ready for tomorrow’s haunted day.

A Monsters and Mocktails Event will take place from 12 – 2 p.m. in the K.C. Potter Center. The Office of Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education and the Office of LGBTQI will be offering Tazikis, fall-themed mocktails, pumpkin painting, a photo booth, and deserts. Costumes are optional.

Head to Greek Row from 5 – 7 p.m. for the Trick-or-Treat with Greeks & Athletes event. Faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to bring their children to trick-or-treat with these Vanderbilt students.

There will be a Campfire and Storytelling Night at Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park from 5-7 p.m. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy ghost stories and s’mores around a campfire.

Separate from Halloween, the Sandra Still Speaks – Black Lives Matter Vigil will be held in the Benton Chapel from 7 – 9 p.m. The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity invites students to join in honoring Sandra Bland, an African American woman found dead in her jail cell after allegedly assaulting a public servant when she was pulled over for failing to signal while changing lanes.

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Happy Halloween! The Commodores are at Houston today.

The Nearly N.A.K.E.D. Mile will run from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. today. This event combines a clothing drive with a 5K race. As participants run, they shed and donate clothing. All the proceeds will go towards the Nashville Rescue Mission.

There will be a Scream Creek Haunted Woods, Corn Maze, and Apocalypse Paintball at 6 p.m. at the Honeysuckle Hill Mall. Head over in costume and buy your tickets at the door.

The Vanderbilt Brewing and Fermentation Science Club is heading to Oktoberfest on 2104 Natchez Trace from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., to drink and learn about their brewed beverages.

Another option is the Guilty Pleasures: 80’s Halloween Bash at Mercy Lounge. Pay $15 to hear this 80’s tribute band. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The spookiest way to end your Halloween is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which begins at 11:59 p.m. at the Belcourt Theatre. See this Halloween classic as the spooky day turns to midnight.

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