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International Lens

International Lens, a film series with a global perspective, uses film screenings as a forum to promote conversation among Vanderbilt’s diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. International Lens strives to transcend geographic, ethnic, religious, linguistic, and political boundaries by facilitating conversation and greater cross-cultural understanding through cinema. The series is a partnership among the Office of the Dean of students and academic departments, centers, and programs.

Admission is FREE.

All films are open to the public. All films in Sarrett Cinema at 7:30 p.m, unless otherwise noted.

For parking maps and additional information visit www.vanderbilt.edu/internationallens or call 322-6400.

Time of the Gypsies
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30pm
Presented by: Tatiana Filimonova, Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian

UK, Italy, Yugoslavia (1988) Dir. Emir Kusturica. Two-time Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica directs the first in history feature-length film about Roma whose dialogue is largely Romani. This coming-of-age portrait follows a Yugoslavian Gypsy whose telekinetic powers become the vehicle for a prosperous career as an outlaw in Milan. The soundtrack by the renowned composer and musician Goran Bregovic features melodious and fiery Balkan Gypsy tunes. Breathtaking beauty mixes with magical realism and scabrous satire. Michael Brooke. 

Romani, Serbo-Croat, and Italian with English subtitles. 136 mins. VHS.


Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

For updated events, schedules and cancellations:

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Social Media Contest EXTENDED

Win a signed football from Head Coach Derek Mason.

Contest EXTENDED UNTIL April 15th. Upload a picture of yourself working out to the VRWC Facebook or twitter and hash tag #KeepCalmGetFit. Every time you participate, you will be entered into a drawing for the prize!

Outdoor Rec ranked as having one of the BEST school sponsored spring break trips!


Intramural Schedule

Registrations can be completed at the Office of Campus Recreation from 9 am – 5 pm Mon. – Fri. Each house’s vice president will be responsible for assisting the Office of Campus Recreation in promoting and registering teams for both the Commons sporting events and intramural sports. For more info call 3-8186.

There is a $10 Guest Pass for non-student and non-rec center members.

Faculty/Staff Programs Entry Date Start Date

Golf                             Apr 21-25            May 5
Softball                        Apr 21 – May 2    May 13

For a complete calendar of activities and more information, please check out our website at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/studentrec/intramurals/.

Walking Wednesdays Begins Wed, Apr 9 @ 11:30 AM

Join the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center for 30-minute walks each Wed from 11:30am-noon beginning Apr 9th and continuing through May 28th. Meet outside the Eskind Library at 11:30 am rain or shine (if it rains we walk in the tunnels).This is a great way to get your physical activity in while enjoying the beautiful spring weather and Vanderbilt’s campus.

Contact at lori.l.cowan@vanderbilt.edu or 343-6576 for more information. No pre-registration required.

Are you a certified Lifeguard???

If so we may have a job for you. For more info, please contact Kit Wilson @ kit.wilson@vanderbilt.edu

CampVandy Counselors needed for summer!

We are accepting applications NOW for camp counselor positions. Please contact Todd Suttles @ todd.suttles@vanderbilt.edu

March and April Fitness Schedule


Bowling Center Hours!
Mon – Fri 5 pm – 9 pm
Sat Noon – 9 pm
Sun 1 – 8 pm
$4 / Game or $20 / Hour
includes ball and shoes. Check, Cash or Commodore Card

Nutrition Minute

Nutrition minute held once a week at the VRWC will offer quick tips on ways to maintain healthy eating habits. Feel free to stop in for a minute or stay the whole time.

This week join Marilyn Holmes Apr. 15th ANYTIME between 10-11AM for “Taste and See.”

Smoothie King – NEW HOURS!

Please check out their new salads, snacks, gluten-free and vegan baked goods. Also, Smoothie King is now serving Coffee from Bongo Java.

NEW Hours!
M-F 10:00 am – 10:30 PM
Sat 10:00 am – 9:30 PM
Sun 1:00 PM – 9:30 PM

VRWC Climbing Wall

The Climbing wall will be CLOSED until further notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please continue to check back with us for future updates.

Student Recreation Facility Hours:

Mon.- Thu        5 am – 11 pm
Fri                    5 am – 12 am
Sat                   9 am – 10 pm
Sun                  12 pm  – 11 pm


Outdoor Recreation

APRIL 19 (Sat)
CLIMBING (Beginner to Advanced) @ Kings Bluff, TN
Cost:  $22 // Sign-up by: Mon, Apr 14 // Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Apr 15 @ 5 PM

Wall climbers, it’s time to try the “real thing!” Kings Bluff is a great location for you to experience the fundamentals of rock climbing with our knowledgeable staff. Some climbing experience is preferred, so take some time to try out the wall first!   Shoe rental = $5.50 extra.  Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 5 pm.

APRIL 19 (Sat)
Cost:  $36 // Sign-up by: Mon, Apr 14 // Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, April 15 @ 6 PM

Kayak touring is a fun, relaxing way to explore a lake.  We will spend part of the day paddling around on scenic Center Hill Lake in middle Tennessee.  Highlights will include wooded shorelines and checking out a cove or two.  Beginners are welcome.  All paddling equipment is provided.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 5 pm.

MAY 2-5 (Fri – Mon)
BACKPACKING @ Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost: $126 // Sign-up by: Fri, Apr 18 // Pre-Trip Meeting: Mon, Apr 21 @ 5 PM

Springtime in the Smokies: a perfect way to round off another semester at Vanderbilt!  We plan on hiking three 5-8 mile days up, down, and around the Smokies. Specific trails are still to be determined. Beginners are welcome, but you need to be in shape, as the terrain will be challenging! Be prepared for all types of weather. Estimated trip duration:  8 am Fri.  – 8 pm Mon.


To sign up for a trip, come to the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), located on 2600 Children’s Way, kind of behind the Student Rec. Center, and pay a deposit or the full amount of the trip.   The ORC accepts cash, check, and the Vanderbilt Commodore Card.  For more info on trips, workshops, and equipment rentals, check out the web at www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec.


Outdoor Recreation Hours:
Mon and Fri 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Tue, Wed, and Thu 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Tornado Safety

For more information and instructions on what to do in severe weather, please visit the following link: http://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/vu/weather/


Packing up? Don’t toss it!

Packing up? Don’t toss it!

Find out where to recycle and donate your items by checking out Vanderbilt’s Earth Friendly Move Out Tips here!


Culture Shock Final Showcase

Culture Shock Final Showcase

Please join the Culture Shock VIP group for our final showcase on Tuesday, April 15th at 8pm in Buttrick 205. There will be food from Bombay Palace and Maggiano’s as we discuss our group’s findings over the year.

Move Out, Help Out

Move Out, Help Out

Robert from Our Thrift Store at Branscomb during Move Out last year.

As students pack for the summer, many will discover things they don’t want, need, or simply can’t take with them. Each spring OHARE partners with local organizations giving students an opportunity to donate reusable, unwanted items.

The benefits for Vanderbilt include reducing waste and abandoned items. Students will be glad to know that not only is waste reduced, but diverse individuals across Middle Tennessee benefit from their donations.

One such organization is Franklin based Our Thrift Store. “The tagline at Our Thrift Store is ‘stuff equals jobs,’ a short way of saying that the income we receive from the sale of donated products directly correlates with our ability to train and hire special needs individuals in our community,” comments Dave Krikac, Founder and President of The Gear Foundation which operates the business. “There is no way to measure the impact that Vanderbilt’s incredible generosity through year-end collections has had on the growth of the store and, in turn, the lives of our employees, and we are so grateful to all who make the collections possible.”

Similarly ARC Davidson County advocates for rights and participation of kids and adults in Nashville with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They sell through Southern Thrift Stores to fund their services which include employment and family support.

Ann Nielson, Director for Housing Facilities Management, describes the commitment to collect during move-out as a huge undertaking. Organizations agree to daily, sometimes twice a day, pickup. Volunteers and trucks are essential to manage the operation.

Collecting groups have differing missions and vary in how donations are used. “Participating in the year-end collections has been an awesome benefit to Operation Stand Down Nashville’s Transitional Housing Program and our Thrift Store,” states Mary D. Ross, US Army, Retired and Deputy Executive Director of Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc. “We have not had to purchase linens for our transitional homes in almost two years, not to mention being able to replace coffee pots, toaster ovens and other household items.  The savings on linen alone is worth it. What is not used in the homes is sold through our Thrift Store and that profit goes directly to the support of the organization’s mission.”

Vanderbilt also partners with AMVETS National Service Foundation who locally operates Music City Thrift stores as a source of revenue for veterans programs. Melanie Butler states, “AMVETS National Service Foundation provides support to veterans through service programs as well as providing community and youth-oriented programs designed to promote unity and patriotism. It counsels and represents veterans and their dependents before the Veterans Administration without charge.”

On average first year halls generate approximately nine pick-up truck loads during the collection period, while upper class halls produce 15-20 loads. A collecting organization needs sufficient space to sort and store donated items.

Nationally known Goodwill Industries helps people with employment barriers learn skills to find competitive employment. Natisha Moultry, Community Relations Manager for Goodwill, shares, “In 2013 Goodwill Career Solutions placed 5,615 people in jobs.  Nearly all of the services offered through Career Solutions are free thanks to donors like Vanderbilt.”

OHARE matches each organization to the residence halls that best meet their needs. LP PENCIL Box is a free school supply store for Metro Nashville Public School Teachers.  They are assigned to West House where students are more likely to donate school supplies as opposed to household items. Program Manager Kimberly Washington states, “The items collected will be put into our store, where teachers shop once per semester for up to $300 worth of FREE supplies. We are truly thankful for the opportunity that the Vanderbilt Dorm Drive bestows upon us.”

Donation drive success has grown in recent years. In 2010 the number of participating organizations was four. It grew to nine in 2011, spiking at twelve in 2012. Currently nine local non-profit organizations collect donations from 23 residential donation points and one trailer.

The newest participant, American Textile Recycling, joined last year. Collecting from Blakemore, their key Tennessee sponsor is Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Dennis Buzard, Community Relations Advocate, states “We greatly appreciate all college and university textile donations programs. Student and faculty clothing and shoe contributions end up in geographic regions where the products are desperately needed, and most importantly, MADD receives additional funds for every pound donated.”

Students are asked to:

  • Clean belongings before donating them.
  • Defrost refrigerators before donating them.
  • Take broken items to designated recycling locations across campus.
  • Place garbage in dumpsters.

Once items are placed in wire collection bins they become the property of the organization collecting. Bin “shopping” is prohibited. By doing these things, students are a tremendous help to the agencies and those in need.

“The partnership between Vanderbilt’s Office of Housing and Residential Education and World Relief Nashville serves the greater Nashville community by supplementing refugee housing needs with items donated by Vanderbilt students,” Joel Bruerd, Resource Coordinator. “Shelving, furniture, lighting, appliances and even decorative items all function well in our agency’s goal of meeting the immediate needs of our clients.  These donations are placed in the apartment of a new Nashville family and in this way; we each play a part in welcoming and supporting families in transition.”

Student donations reach far beyond the United States. Bruce Krapf is Operations Manager for Thriftsmart which sells donated goods in its local thrift operation, giving all profits to four local charities. “Items provided by the students at year end collections ultimately help provide healthcare visits at Mercy Community Healthcare, scholarships at New Hope Academy, leadership and development in African villages, plus social and economic development through Belize Project.  Thank you, students!”

Collections begin Tuesday, April 22nd and continue through closing. For donation and recycling locations, visit the Housing website at: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ResEd/main/.

“Transitioning into Adulthood: The Cultural Lives of Emerging Adults”

Transitioning into Adulthood: The Cultural Lives of Emerging Adults

This Thursday, April 10th, the Office of the University Chaplain & Religious Life will offer a Professional Development in partnership with the Dean of Students entitled, “Transitioning into Adulthood: The Cultural Lives of Emerging Adults.”

We will welcome Dr. Patricia Snell Herzog, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas, to speak on her co-authored work with Dr. Christian Smith, Souls in Transition. Examining the crucial and transformative time in the lives of students, Dr. Snell Herzog utilized findings from the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) to understand the spiritual lives of students and the implications of college life.

Please come out to join us for this much needed discussion.
Thursday, April 10th at 10 am
Sarratt Student Center 189


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McTyeire Fireside Chat

McTyeire Fireside Chat: “The Arab Spring and its Lessons for Democracy”
Presented by: Klint Alexander, senior lecturer in Political Science

The collapse of Mubarak’s regime raised hopes that democracy would spread in the Middle East. However, those hopes soon turned to despair. The Syrian crisis and anarchy in Libya have quelled any optimistic view of democracy taking roots in the region. Klint Alexander, senior lecturer in Political Science and adviser to the UN on the Syrian crisis, will share his view on how to resolve the Syrian crisis and democracy’s role in its post-conflict future.

When: Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m.
Where: McTyeire International House, Fireside Lounge