Grace has the details on some upcoming events on campus, including the VU Theatre’s production of Orlando, the Lunar New Year Festival, and Commodore baseball
Archives for February 2018
Of the shows generating the most hype recently, Black Mirror is amongst the top. The show is unique in that every episode does not have to be watched in order and each episode tells its own story. The show is infamous for plot twists and innovative thinking and storytelling that often leaves us thinking about the complex issues that relate to our lives.
To give you episodes to start binge-watching, here are our suggestions.
1 – Hang the DJ
Perfect for Valentine’s Day! This episode will really make you appreciate the people in your life, especially significant others, why we chose for them to be in our lives and why they choose to stay through each day.
2 – San Junipero
This episode unravels a story that is similar to USS Callister (see below) but touches innovatively upon the controversial and frequently asked question of “If you could live forever, would you?”
3 – USS Callister
Perfect for those of you who are lovers of sci-fi films and books. It’s infused with creativity and tells a story that stands out from the other episodes.
4 – White Christmas
A Christmas special that is perfect to watch for any time, anywhere.
5 – The Entire History of You
A particularly saddening episode that portrays the very real downside to having an ability most of us probably wished we had.
We hope you enjoy!
My Commons Life presents its newest episode of Commons Cribs, a mini web series that provides an inside look into the humble abodes of those who reside on the Vanderbilt Commons. This episode features freshmen Emma and Yoanna, residents of North House.
Tune in to this week’s News Minute as Sharonda fills you in on many events that can help impact the school and the community!
Zero props. One oak tree made of humans. Two weekends of performances. Fourteen college kids spending three hours a night, six days a week, creating a piece of art.
What’s it like to make words printed on a page into a living, breathing creation? I’ve had the chance to experience it firsthand as a member of the cast in my first full-length college play: VUTheatre’s production of Orlando by Sarah Ruhl.
The story is based on the book Orlando by Virginia Woolf. It explores a fantastical world where gender and time are fluid, following the life of a boy called Orlando as he grows up, writes poems, falls in love, and wakes up one day as a woman. The play reckons with societal expectations of gender, challenges traditional ideas of relationships, and searches earnestly for the meaning of life itself.
We started rehearsals the first week back from winter break and have been working non-stop ever since. For me, the most exciting part of any show is “tech week,” when lights, sound, and costumes are added to the acting we’ve practiced. At this moment, a fragmented story is made whole. From the stage manager to the designers to the director to the crew, staging a play is the ultimate team effort.
Four first-year students are in the cast, and several others are lending their skills backstage. I think we all agree the nightly trek from Commons to Neely Auditorium has been worth every minute. Over the last month, we’ve watched this story come to life, and now we couldn’t be more excited to help share it with the world.
In this episode of The Walking ‘Dore, Amira takes you around Vanderbilt’s campus with her. Get a first-year students perspective and see the real VU!
Meet This Commodore
Major: Medicine, Health, and Society
Minor: Sociology and Spanish
Advice: Don’t take classes before 9 A.M.!
Grace and Sophie invite you to “Go There” with them as they tackle issues that concern first year students at Vanderbilt. In this premiere episode they discuss the topic of first year culture at Vanderbilt. Real students delivering real talk….they “go there”.
At this point in the year, many of us first years have gotten stuck in a regular Saturday routine, partaking in frat culture, going to see a movie, or dining at mellow mushroom. The adventures and new experiences of first semester are now the new normal, but do you ever question what else might be out there?
Escape your normal routine this week and try out some of these random and memorable Nashville experiences for yourself!
5.Swing Dance Nashville
Swing Dance Nashville keeps the spirit of the 1920s and 1950s alive with big band music and an old-timey flair that’s contagious. Once you know the Lindy Hop (a form of swing) which you can learn 8-9pm on Fridays, you are all set to dance around the open hall from 9pm-12pm. The dance floor features everyone from true beginners to wildly talented professionals and is truly a mesmerizing blast from the past.
Studio Goddess is a female-centered workout studio with a profound twist. Dive head first into their unique fitness classes which include Stiletto Cardio, Aerial performance (including silks and the aerial ring), and Pole Dancing. Pay for a class and see how you like it, or get a starter pack and try everything this bold and fun studio has to offer!
If you still haven’t felt like you’ve gotten to the heart of Nashville yet, then the Station Inn is for you. Loaded with the history and culture of Bluegrass and Roots music, this humble venue features some of the most talented musicians I’ve ever heard. You certainly don’t have to be a Country music fan to appreciate the energy and atmosphere surrounding these performers.
Grimey’s Record store not only contains some of the most unique records in Nashville; it is also home to regular pop-up, intimate in-store concerts. If you’re into records of music beyond what the Honky Tonks offer, then Grimey’s is the place for you.
1.Adventure Science Center
While most of us are at least legal adults now, we all deserve to release our inner child at some point this semester! Invite Pre-med. and Russian Lit. students alike to be amazed by interactive displays, planetarium shows, and virtual reality. The Adventure Science Center is sure to be a brilliant and vibrant way to spend a Saturday!
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Hello lovely humans,
Happy February. I don’t know how we got here so quickly, but I don’t necessarily mind it. You’re busy and I’m busy, so I will keep today’s post brief. Here is a glimpse into things to help you power through these jam-packed days and to keep you stylish as ever.
Pronounced like an avocado, “avo” is a plant-based industrial styled eatery that brings out all the flavors of each season. Carnivores will be pleasantly surprised with the restaurant’s hearty meat-free options. This is a place with low pressure and lots of good vibes. I opted for the kale caesar, which was everything I wanted and then some more. Shake up your routine and check it out.
Proper Bagel is the most enduring of all my favorite Nash spots. You are hard-pressed to find someone with bad things to say about this quaint and chic eatery located right next to Belmont. The owners hail from New York and are well established in the bagel scene (think lox bagels). Instagrammers flock to the picture-ready tile and crafted plates. Recommendations: Fig & Prosciutto toast or Kale Salad.
So picture this: one day you are freezing to death under eight million layers and the next you are wearing a tank ready to lay in the warm sun. Sound familiar? This crazy weather lends itself to both me and my wardrobe being transitional and dynamic. Here are some pieces I wore to fend off the cold and bask in the sunshine!!!
The Super Bowl. I guess this doesn’t really require any additional explanation? If you didn’t watch the ads, be sure to stream the recaps on YouTube as they are always my favorite part of the game. I did not get to watch the game in a typical manner this year. However, I still managed to enjoy the game via my laptop, which was sitting next to a regrettably large pile of homework.
Take some time out of your day to set intentions, goals, whatever you need to help you be the better version of you. I am trying to make more time in my life to pause and self-reflect. With the Vanderbilt craziness, a deep breath and an internal moment can go a very long way. Meditation can take a variety of form and mediums. My personal favorite are meditation based yoga classes, but the internet has a plethora of online guides to help you find your zen.
As a first-year student, you will never feel as full-bellied as you are now with three meals a day and what feels like 24/7 Munchie runs. If you’re ever at a lost of what to get, take this quiz and go for your spirit Munchie snack!