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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Plan your week: 4/3-4/9

From smashing watermelons to an escape room in Central Library, see what’s coming to Vanderbilt’s campus this week.
Isabella Bautista
Kirkland Hall pictured in the sunset, as captured on Mar. 30, 2023. (Hustler Staff/Isabella Bautista)

Finals are right around the corner and everyone deserves some time off. Take a study break and enjoy some events on campus and around Nashville throughout this first week of April.


Feed that hungry Vanderbilt brain of yours with these thought-provoking events.

What: Health Policy in the Sports Industry with Dr. Allen Sills, NFL Chief Medical Officer

When: April 3, 6 p.m. CDT

Where: Stevenson 4309 (Lecture Hall)

Who: HEAL VU and Vanderbilt Business and Medicine Club

Why: Dr. Sills has had an incredible career in the field of sports medicine. He has worked as a neurological consultant for the NCAA and an unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant for the NFL who also led the organization’s response to COVID-19.  He has additionally been the consulting neurosurgeon for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Nashville Predators, Vanderbilt Athletics and Belmont Athletics. All medical and aspiring medical students should tune in  — Dr. Sills certainly has a lot to say. This event is eligible for GME credit.


What: Emerge 2023: I, Chatbot

When: April 8, 10:30 a.m. CDT

Where: Featheringill Hall

Who: ACM-W Women In Computing

Why: This Vanderbilt-run emerging technology conference will give you the opportunity to discover and discuss different aspects of AI while networking with guest speakers in the AI industry. There will also be free food and apparel, and who could say no to that?

Recreation and Wellness

Get your groove on with this ballroom dance class.

What: Vandy Ballroom Beginner Classes

When: April 5, 6 p.m. CDT

Where: Branscomb Studio

Who: Vandy Ballroom

Why: Learn to dance a variety of different styles, including but not limited to the waltz, salsa and tango. This lesson is completely free of charge and open to all levels. No experience is required.


Take a break from studying to come cheer on your fellow Commodores

What: Vanderbilt Baseball vs. Western Kentucky

When: April 4, 6 p.m. CDT

Where: Hawkins Field

Who: Vanderbilt Baseball

Why: After taking on Georgia, Vanderbilt Baseball will face off against Western Kentucky. Show up and support our Commodores!


What: Vanderbilt Women’s Lacrosse vs. James Madison

When: April 8, 11 a.m. CDT

Where: Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex

Who: Vanderbilt Women’s Lacrosse

Why: Anchor down and come cheer for our Commodores as they take on James Madison! 


What: Vanderbilt Women’s Tennis vs. Kentucky

When: April 8, 12 p.m. CDT

Where: Currey Tennis Center Complex

Who: Vanderbilt Women’s Tennis

Why: Don’t have class at noon this Thursday? Come watch the women’s tennis team as they take on a midday SEC matchup.


What: Vanderbilt Women’s Soccer at Lipscomb

When: April 6, 7 p.m. CDT

Where: Lipscomb Soccer Complex

Who: Vanderbilt Women’s Soccer

Why: Watch the Vanderbilt Women’s Soccer Team as they compete with Nashville rival team Lipscomb this upcoming Thursday. Check out who will win this Nashville-based match.


Invite some friends for these fun and unique campus events.

What: The Witch’s Kitchen (Escape Room)

When: April 7, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT; April 8, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT; April 9, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT. Make sure to reserve a time slot on AnchorLink.

Where: Central Library Room 800FA

Who: Themed Entertainment Association @ Vanderbilt

Why: Who wouldn’t enjoy a Halloween event in April? A witch-themed escape room in a location that we’ve all spent countless hours studying in sounds incredible. 


What: Seder on the Lawn

When: April 5, 7 p.m. CDT. Make sure to register on AnchorLink.

Where: Alumni Lawn

Who: Vanderbilt Chabad 

Why: This campus-wide event will celebrate the start of the Jewish holiday Passover. Passover celebrates the story of Moses, the Jews escaping Egypt and the Ten Commandments thousands of years ago. The event will entail free food and a service. 


What: Boba Night

When: April 3, 7 p.m. CDT

Where: Warren College 

Who: Warren College

Why: Support this fundraiser for a local food pantry by purchasing Sweet Dots branded boba at Warren College.


What: Harambee Dinner and Cultural Showcase

When: April 8, 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. (Dinner) and 7 p.m. CDT (Cultural Showcase). Purchase tickets on AnchorLink.

Where: Student Life Center Board of Trust Meeting Room (Dinner) and Langford Auditorium (Cultural Showcase). 

Who: African Student Union and 13 other organizations 

Why: Harambee will begin with a dinner of continental African cuisine. Then, the showcase in Langford will celebrate the diverse traditions, culture, hardships and history of the African diaspora. This event is eligible for GME credit.


What: Watermelon Bust 2023

When: April 8, 11 a.m. CDT

Where: Lambda Chi Alpha House

Who: Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and Second Harvest Food Bank

Why: This is the Lambda Chi Alpha annual charity event for Second Harvest Food Bank. By making a small monetary donation, you will have the opportunity to smash watermelons with a hammer. Release some anger right before finals while also giving to charity.


What: Cyber-Futuristic Fashion Show

When: April 8, 7 p.m. CDT

Where: Student Life Center Ballroom

Who: Vandy Vanity

Why: The futuristic, cyberpunk style has been popular for the last few years in culture and media. Come see some fashion ideas inspired by this style. This event is eligible for GME credit.


What: Rockin’ For Resilience!

When: April 6, 6 p.m. CDT

Where: Leadership and Service Space

Who: Alpha Chi Omega

Why: Proceeds from this philanthropy concert will benefit the Mary Parrish Center, a shelter for domestic violence survivors. The list of artists performing will be announced shortly.


What: Meloroo 2023: MeloWorldWide

When: April 7, 7:30 p.m. CDT and April 8, 7:30 p.m. CDT

Where: Sarratt Cinema

Who: The Vanderbilt Melodores

Why: The Melodores will be performing in Sarratt to end off their fourth world tour. After having concerts in India, Taiwan, Abu Dhabi, and Thailand, the Melodores are returning to Nashville. Come see this highly successful Vanderbilt a cappella group in action. This event is eligible for GME credit.


What: Lights on the Lawn Presents: Battle of the Bands

When: April 7, 7 p.m. CDT

Where: Rec Field 2

Who: Lights on the Lawn

Why: The first ever Lights on the Lawn Spring show will be hosted in anticipation for the annual fall show in September. Tickets are $5 and this event is also a fundraiser for the Mary Parrish Center. Student bands from SNU, ATO, ZBT and LXA will be performing. This event is eligible for GME credit.

Around Nashville

Need a break from campus? Check out this unique event in Centennial Park.

What: Candlelight: Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More

When: April 7, 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. CDT

Where: The Parthenon

Who: Candlelight and Listeso String Quartet

Why: For fans and soon-to-be fans of classical music, there are so many reasons to attend this candlelit concert. Watch the Listeso String Quartet perform Vivaldi’s classic “Four Seasons” and other pieces. You won’t want to miss this unique concert in the Parthenon. 

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Aiden Salk
Aiden Salk, Former Staff Writer
Aiden Salk ('26) is majoring in neuroscience and minoring in Spanish in the College of Arts and Science. He is from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Apart from The Hustler, Aiden loves learning foreign languages, exploring new music and is always open for a game of tennis or ping pong. Aiden can be reached at [email protected]
Isabella Bautista
Isabella Bautista, Deputy Life Editor
Isabella Bautista (‘26) is double majoring in mathematics and psychology and minoring in biological sciences on the pre-medical track in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Easton, Pa. When not writing for The Hustler, she can be found spending hours alone in a piano practice room, photographing Vanderbilt squirrels with her Canon camera or poring over research papers in the lab she works in. She can be reached at [email protected]  
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