Super Mega Hella-Blizzard 2009
It snowed a lot by Nashville standards yesterday, nearly a complete dusting actually. The more than 500 prospective students and families visiting Vanderbilt for yesterday’s Black & Gold Days got a wonderful show. Nashville doesn’t do snow really. Everyone outside of the South jokes about grocery stores having runs on bread, milk, and candles when it snows and it is absolutely true – Southerners go a little nutty when frozen precip starts swirling, particularly when behind the wheel. Still, I ardently maintain that nobody drives well on snow, Tennesseans are just honest about it. A blizzard of another kind is winding down at 2305 West End Ave at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. During the height of the days surrounding our January 3rd application deadlines, our operations staff was handling an avalanche of mail. On January 5th, the first business day after the deadline, we received 30 bins of mail. Each day that following week brought an additional 10 bins of materials to our office. What’s impressive is how our operations staff, running double shifts late into the evening and working Saturdays, was able to keep pace with that kind of inflow, and are now caught up. Somewhere towards the middle of this week, applicants for whom we are still missing some items will get a letter in the mail detailing what we need (we have sent out numerous rounds of emails).
Here’s some calendar items that are going on behind the scenes in our office and at VU:
- Today several of us will meet to discuss the upcoming Early Decision II committee, and get an early aggregate look at the pool. Based on this we will set our committee schedule (how often we will meet and when . . . it’s really not that exciting).
- Also today, The Commons Center and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center will be having public viewings and discussions of Barack Obama’s historic inauguration.
- This weekend is the first of several Blair School of Music audition weekends – good luck to all who are participating.
- Early Decision II committees start a week from this Thursday and will run through that following weekend.
The essential cool things you need to know about the famed music scene in Nashville:
- You can keep up with the newest artists from Nashville and around the U.S. through The Nashville Scene’s Digital Jukebox.
- You can literally hear great live music every night in Nashville, and for pretty cheap when you do.
- The Anne Potter Wilson Music Library, in addition to possessing a staggering classical composer and symphonic collection also maintains a large rock, blues, and pop music collection. From the Beatles, to Radiohead, Chuck Berry to The Shins, it’s all yours for checking out free if you’re a Vandy student, faculty member, alum, or VU staff member (score).