14th September, 2014

The package line: A guide to your many feelings

Walking down the stairs and seeing no one:

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Turning the corner and crashing into the 70 people standing in line:

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30 minutes later:

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An hour later:

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When someone “says hi to a friend” near the front of the line:

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When you’re the one who “says hi to a friend:”

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When you get to the front of the line and they say you have no packages waiting for you:

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Being the last person who gets a package before they cut off the line:

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And once you’ve got your package and your life can resume:

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9th September, 2014

We’re Sweet 16!

So NBD but today Vanderbilt moved up a notch to #16 in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best College Ranking. That’s our highest ranking ever, and, well, we were so happy when we got the news, we were like:

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And when we found out we ranked No. 8 in undergraduate teaching we were like:

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And when we found out we placed No. 11 in value we were like:

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And when our BFFs over at the School of Engineering moved up to No. 31 we definitely were like:

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And when we found out we were a No. 20 pick for U.S. guidance counselors we were like:

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And when we also ranked No. 14 in economic diversity we were like:

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And over at Kirkland, a little bit of this might have happened:

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So pat yourselves on the back, Commodores. You done good.

5th September, 2014

Did someone say… free?

Nashville: some call it Music City; others refer to it as The City of Free Events. Here are 3 events happening this weekend that aren’t interested in ransacking your wallet:

Shakespeare in the Park

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Pictured: Emily Landham (Rosalind); Houston Mahoney (Orlando); Amanda Card (Celia); photo by Jeff Frazier

Currently performing “As You Like It,” Shakespeare in the Park is attended by Nashvillians and visitors alike, as well as various food trucks to sate your appetite. Join the crowd Sept. 4-7th, 7:30 pm at Centennial Park. 

First Saturday Art Crawl

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Photo by Flickr user WHardcastle

The First Saturday Art Crawl, a festive event held downtown at Fifth Avenue of the Arts and the Historic Arcade, exhibits local as well as global artists’ work to the thousands that meander through the galleries. Oh, and there’s free refreshments.

Live on the Green

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The Live on the Green concert series brings popular and local musicians together onto one stage to perform for the now 20,000-strong audience. Catch Augustana on Friday and Ingrid Michaelson on Saturday, as well as 8 others performing over the two days.

5th September, 2014

4th September, 2014

Vanderbilt students learn Bill Nye is speaking on campus; promptly lose minds on Twitter

3rd September, 2014

Vanderbilt’s new Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability is a very large lab where mechanical engineering prof Doug Adams develops damage-detection systems for very large things, like Humvees, helicopters, and wind turbines.

And it’s AWESOME.