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Pot Topics: Perspectives on Marijuana Legalization

“If weed is legalized, will I be able to smoke it on campus?”

“What is the difference between decriminalization and legalization?”
“Is pot addictive?”
“Can you overdose on marijuana?”
“How would marijuana legalization impact the Latin American economy?”


These questions and more will be answered at the first Hot Topics event of the year! We will be discussing the topic of marijuana legalization with panelists representing four main perspectives: (1) legal, (2) the college environment, (3) mental health & addiction, and (4) economic development.

This event will feature food provided by Vanderbilt Catering! This event is part of the McGill Hour dialogue series.


Redefine Launching Soon

Redefine, a collaborative program between OACS and ISSS will soon begin accepting applications for the spring semester. This dynamic program enters its second year connecting American and international students through conversations and experiences of service and social justice, particularly focusing on how they are expressed across countries.

McGill Hour

“Mindfulness Workshop with HUMP”

Please join us for this week’s McGill Hour for a Mindfulness Workshop with Holistic Union of Mind and Physicality (HUMP).  We will learn different meditation and mindfulness techniques and watch some cool videos!  Techniques we will focus on range from diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation to daily mindfulness tricks you can do walking to and from class.  See you on HUMP day!


This McGill Hour will be taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the McGill TV Lounge.


Sponsored by: The McGill Project
Contact: Maggie Collett margaret.m.collett@vanderbilt.edu


World On Wednesday

“Challenge of Corruption in Papua New Guinea”

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sarratt 325/327 – Open to the Public

Food and refreshments will be provided

Olto Thomas, one of our Hubert H. Humphrey visiting fellows at Vanderbilt and an educator from Papua New Guinea, will give a presentation about the effect of corruption in the government while this country continues to grow. With resource development on the rise and continued growth a consistent trend, it is important to consider initiatives to combat corruption.

Sponsored by: International Student and Scholar Services

Contact: Derrick Stevens, isss@vanderbilt.edu

Outdoor Recreation Adventure Trips

Spring Break 2016: March 5-13, 2016 (Sat – Sun)
Backpacking @ Zion National Park, UT
Cost: $550 + your own airfare to Las Vegas
Sign-up by:  Wednesday, Nov. 18
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.

This year, we will try something new for spring break.  We will meet at the Las Vegas airport and then drive up to Zion National Park for a week of backpacking and hiking.  Zion is an incredible park with impressive sandstone mountains, canyons, and towers.  It also features a dry, southwest desert, kind of like that which is in the Grand Canyon.  Due to the high elevations and chance of snow, we will not be going to certain parts of the park.  However, we have planned two backpack trips:  an overnight in the southwest part of the park and a 3-4 day trip in the southeast part of the park.  Both trails will lead to beautiful and spectacular sights!   Weather permitting; we hope to hike up the famous Angels Landing trail in between the two trips.  Total hiking for the week will be around 56 miles, but we will not have our backpack on for all of this.    Designed for the experienced backpacker, we will allow enthusiastic beginners on this trip.

Everyone who goes must be in good physical shape by the time we leave. Participants are expected to attend one of two all day sessions on a Saturday in 2016.  This will involve a Pre-Zion Training Hike and a meeting following the hike.  Expected duration:  7:30 am to 5:00 pm, but specific dates are yet to be determined.  For your flight to LAS, arrive no later than 2 pm on 3/5 and leave no earlier than 9 am on 3/13. Cost includes van transportation to/from Las Vegas, in-Zion food, hotel on both ends of the trip, group equipment, permits, camping and entrance fees. Space is limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so don’t delay.




Spring Break 2016: Mar. 5 –13 (Sat – Sun)
Canoe-Camping @ Gulf Coast: FL & Blackwater River
Cost: $385
Sign-up by: Wed. Nov. 18
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.

This Spring Break, we will be driving down to the Gulf Coast for a big canoe-camping trip!  First, we’ll check out the wildlife in Big Lagoon State Park, FL.  The lagoon is located just inland from the gulf.  There will be a chance to hang out at the beach on the coast before heading to Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest.  We will camp at Bear Lake where we can sleep in, go hiking, or canoeing on the small lake.  We will bring mostly canoes, but also 2-3 touring kayaks that we can take turns paddling. Finally, we will go on a 5-day, 4-night canoe-camping trip down the incredible Blackwater River.  (The water is a dark, tannin-stained color, but it contrasts vividly with the snow-white sand bars at each bend).   This is definitely an area that you have to just be there to experience all of its beauty.  No experience is necessary for this week of camping and paddling, but you must know how to swim.  In order to properly prepare for this fun adventure, plan on attending 2-3 Pre-Trip Meetings. Estimated trip duration:  6:30 am Sat. to 4 pm Sun.  Cost includes: van transportation, in-camp food, group equipment (including the canoes and kayaks), permits, camping fees, entrance fees and a cheap hotel in Alabama on the last night. Space is limited, so don’t delay.




Kayak Roll clinics every Tuesday night @ VRWC pool
Cost:  $5 for current VRWC members and $15 for non-VRWC members

Join our trained kayak instructors on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the pool for our weekly kayak roll classes.  Participants will be trained in a variety of introductory whitewater kayaking skills including: equipment introductions, paddling strokes, wet exits, assisted rescues, and the mother of all personal skills… the kayak roll. Each class is $5.00 for current VRWC members and $15.00 for non-VRWC members.  Registered participants must remit payment at the front desk of the VRWC upon arrival. Sign up online on the Outdoor Rec website to reserve your spot. Come join us because breathing air is so much healthier than breathing water!




Inside the Vanderbilt Outdoor Recreation Center

We’ve got a great new video touring the Outdoor Recreation Rental Facility. Learn everything you need to know about trips, gear rentals, and our climbing wall! View the video here: https://youtu.be/pYJRiTADBT0


For more information, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/outdoorrec/ or contact Sean Wilkinson at sean.wilkinson@vanderbilt.edu





  • To sign up for an adventure trip online go to www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec. Find the specific type of trip on the Trip Schedule dropdown.  Click link to register for that trip.
  • Spot will be held for two business days.  Payment must be received in the Office of Campus Recreation located upstairs in the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center (VRWC). Office hours 8 am to 6 pm, Mondays – Thursdays, and 8 am to 5 pm on Fridays. Accepted: cash, check, credit card, debit card, or the Vanderbilt Commodore Card.

For more information about a trip, the climbing wall, kayak workshops or equipment rentals, please e-mail outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu or call Linda at 615-343-7898.

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

VRWC Climbing Wall Hours: 
Mon-Thurs 4 p.m. – 8 p.m
Friday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.


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Inside the Vanderbilt Outdoor Recreation Center

We’ve got a great new video touring the Outdoor Recreation Rental Facility. Learn everything you need to know about trips, gear rentals, and our climbing wall! View the video here: https://youtu.be/pYJRiTADBT0




For more information, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/outdoorrec/ or contact Sean Wilkinson at sean.wilkinson@vanderbilt.edu

Group Personal Training and Boxing Promotion

Nov. 1 through Dec. 31

We are offering a special Personal Training and Boxing promotion from Nov. 1 – Dec. 31. When you purchase two group sessions, you get another session free! This promotion cannot be combined with any other promotions or offers. Offer applies to training sessions purchased at the current rate chart. Please inform cashier of promotion before payment. Offer is only valid on group personal training and group boxing lessons.

For more information, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/fitness/personal-training-2/rates-promotions/ or contact Jennifer Ray at jennifer.e.ray@vanderbilt.edu

Grab and go information provided once a week in the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center on a nutrition topic to help support our heating healthfully and can be completed in 2-3 minutes.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM – Go Gold!

Show Vanderbilt’s colors with this easy to prepare seasonal dish guaranteed to be a Thanksgiving Day hit!

Contact Marilyn Holmes at marilyn.c.holmes@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 343-2638 for questions or other information about this program.

Visit Smoothie King at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center!
New Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 10:30 pm | Sat 10:00 am – 9:30 pm | Sun 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Introducing your new favorite blog:


Words of wellness penned by the savvy and creative minds of the Wellness Center Team. Get your bi-weekly WELLO! fix and explore a range of wellness topics from positive emotional boosters and environmental hacks to musings on sexual exploration, and navigating the social-technological scene.


For more information visit the VRWC Wellness Center website or contact Jennifer Ray at jennifer.e.ray@vanderbilt.edu

Intramural Schedule

Registrations can be completed at the Recreation and Wellness Center office from 9 am – 6 pm Mon. – Fri. For more info call 3-6627.

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

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Facility Hours:
Mon.- Thu     5:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri                   5:00 am – 12:00 am
Sat                  9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun                12:00 pm  – 11:00 pm


DVD/Video Game Drive

Do you have any old, gently used DVD’s and video games lying around the house? While you are home for Thanksgiving Break, help some sick children and clean out that clutter at the same time!

Vandy Cancer Society is sponsoring a DVD/Video game drive to benefit the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. So when you come back to school, bring new or gently-used DVD’s and Video Games that are kid appropriate! The kids in the hospital would also appreciate any hand-held video game systems and any working controllers that you don’t use anymore. Thanks in advance for making a kid’s hospital stay just a little bit better!

International Lens Film Series



Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 pm

Presented by: Jason Strudler, Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian.
Russia (2011) Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share a  palatial Moscow apartment. He is a virile, wealthy businessman; she is his dowdy former nurse  who has clearly “married up.” Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir  openly despises his wife’s freeloading son and family. When a sudden illness and an  unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a  desperate plan. Masterfully crafted cinema which features evocative, Hitchcockian music by  Philip Glass. Elena is a subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature. Russian with English subtitles. Unrated. 109 minutes. DVD. Partial funding provided by the Department of German & Slavic Languages.


Mega Stress Fest 2015

Mark your calendar: Dec. 4th from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

VPB’s Venue and The Office of Housing and Residential Education are pleased to present Mega Stress Fest 2015. On Friday, Dec. 4th, 2015, make your way to the Student Life Center to enjoy food, massages, manis and pedis to de-stress before Finals Week. You can even walk away with a canvas print from Hip Hues!


Great American Smokeout Day

Time: 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 19
Location:Wall at Rand & Commons Center


On Thursday, Nov.19th, the Office of Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education will host our annual
Great American Smokeout Day. Our office encourages tobacco and marijuana users to plan in advance to quit using the day of the Smokeout or to make a plan to quit on a future date. In observance of Great American Smokeout Day, we provide Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff with free Quit Kits to help in their pursuit of a tobacco and marijuana-free lifestyle. Outside of our annual event, the University offers several resources for those who are interested in curbing their smoking habit and reducing their risk of illness.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive environment for its students, faculty, and staff. Join us and pick up a Quit Kit Thursday, Nov. 19 at Rand from 11am-2pm and Commons 11:30am-1:30pm!  Also, keep a lookout for “Coughy” the cigarette as they will be passing out kits as well.

Smoking Cessation Resources
CDC Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS): www.CDC.gov/tobacco
Tobacco Free U: