Cadaver Ball is the social event of the year at VMS (think of a Southern Ball with a med school twist). Around 800 people congregate at Marathon Music Works for dinner, drinking, dancing, and entertainment. It all started out in the late 1960s, when the fourth-year class started throwing large parties to honor those members of the first-year class who survived Gross Anatomy. The parties got more and more elaborate, eventually culminating in a flaming couch traveling through a hotel window. It was then decided to make the event a legitimate university function. Since then, Cadaver Ball has become more sophisticated, but it is just as much fun. Before the ball, the class Social Chairs throw a pre-party to kick off the evening. After cocktails and dinner, the prestigious Shovel Award is presented to the most popular professor and the Dean’s Award is given to a student from each class who has consistently caught the most flack. The Dean then introduces the all-important entertainment, kicking things off with his own skit. This is followed by the skits performed by students from all four years. The acts usually include popular tunes with new med school lyrics, videos, and live stage acts. The performances, which usually end after 10 p.m., are followed by dancing. Attended by almost everyone who has anything to do with VMS, Cadaver Ball is guaranteed to be a good time. Be sure to get your class organized with Cadaver Ball chairpersons and committees early in the school year, especially since skit planning and studying can be quite conflicting!