Vanderbilt Goes Homeless for Nashville Rescue Mission

Oct 14, 2011

BETA PI (Vanderbilt) — On Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m., the brothers of ATO, their friends, and any others willing to step up and show support for the cause (who will then subsequently become their friends) will invade Alumni Lawn. There will be food — lots of food. After all, Chili’s, McDougal’s, Moe’s, Jet’s, Papa John’s and Bruegger’s are all sponsoring the event. Good luck figuring out how to allocate all the space in your belly. We … I mean, they, will also be showing the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” on a large projection screen on the lawn for your entertainment.

When the movie ends and the food is gone, you will be more than welcome to join the brothers in a campout. Vanderbilt’s Outdoor Recreation Center has graciously donated tents to keep everyone warm and cozy. You’re encouraged to bring anything that might help keep you comfortable, including, but not limited to: pillows, blankets, Snuggies, girlfriends/boyfriends and teddy bears. We have one of the most beautiful campuses on the planet. Come enjoy it under the stars.

The cost of admission is $5, and all proceeds benefit Nashville Rescue Mission, an organization that offers food, clothing and shelter for those without such basic necessities in the Nashville area. Please come out, show some support and have an awesome time.

You’ll all be in a good mood after we spank Georgia, so come celebrate with a bunch of free food. To add insult to injury to the Bulldogs, I’m going to try to steal Uga and paint him gold, then possibly set up a petting booth. Don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to laugh at an opposing team’s mascot/pet an adorably ugly little dog.

We spend enough time worrying about ourselves; take the opportunity to look beyond the limited sphere of self and help improve the lives of thousands. As an added incentive to show up and campout, if anyone comes up to me after the sun rises and is brave enough to venture a guess as to what fraternity I could possibly be in, I’ll buy you breakfast. At the very least, I’ll use a flex meal.

Love, respect and homes for everyone.

James Crater, Vanderbilt ’10, is a junior in the College of Arts and Science, and a brother in Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He can be reached at


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