Basketball Senior Night

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
VCU unleashed the HAVOC Saturday night against the George Mason Patriots, resulting in an 89-77 victory for the black and gold. The game, airing on ESPN2, was officially declared a black-out. Students and fellow Ram fans filled the Siegel Center’s sold out arena sporting all black in support of their VCU Rams.
The night was dedicated to senior Bradford Burgess who made sure the Rams dominated the court throughout the game. The Patriots didn’t stand a chance as Burgess scored 31 points and the win locked in VCU as the 2nd seed in this year’s CAA Tournament. March Madness is coming and the VCU Ram Nation is ready!
For pictures and highlights of the game visit Ram Nation’s Facebook page.

ICF Spring Bash

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
VCU’s Intercultural Festival (ICF) held their annual Spring Bash last week celebrating the diversity and culture of students. The free event was held in the Student Commons and featured food, entertainment, and arts and crafts.
A local Jamaican restaurant catered the event and the food smelled and tasted delicious. My favorite was the jerk chicken! The night’s entertainment came courtesy of the African Student Union (ASU) and Muevelo, VCU’s Latin dance team. Both groups performed traditional dances from their respective countries and received standing ovations. Students also had the chance to decorate their own maracas and key chains! I gave my maraca some school spirit painting it black and gold.
Throughout the year ICF hosts a number of events on campus leading up to their annual festival in April, celebrating both VCU’s and the entire community’s diversity. This year the festival is on April 14 and I can’t wait!
For additional information and pictures visit VCU’s ICF website: http://www.icfvcu.com/home

VCU Ultimate Ram

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
VCU is on the search for the Ultimate Ram! The Ultimate Ram is someone who oozes school spirit and always flaunts their love for VCU. VCU students had until yetserday, February 17, to nominate themselves or friends on VCU’s Facebook page. Those who entered will have a chance to win a VCU swag bag and tickets to the CAA Tournament.
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Three finalists will be selected and VCU Facebook fans will have the opportunity to pick the winner by “liking” their favorite Ultimate Ram contender. The winner will be revealed during the last men’s basketball home game against George Mason University on Friday, February 25.
Want to see what it takes to be the Ultimate Ram? Visit the Ultimate Ram Facebook Page!

LSA Date Auction

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
This past Thursday the Latino Student Association (LSA) hosted their annual date auction. The event is held every year around Valentine’s Day and along with celebrating love and friendship, helps raise hundreds of dollars for local Richmond charities. This year LSA donated all of the proceeds from the date auction to Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now).
VCU students volunteered to participate and came dressed to impress! I served as auctioneer this year and had a blast. Part mixer and part fundraiser, LSA’s date auction is one of my favorite events of the spring semester!
Visit LSA’s Facebook page for information on upcoming events!

Open House Recap

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
On Saturday, February 4, VCU welcomed prospective students and their families to Open House. The day was filled with activities for students to learn more about the university’s campus, academic programs and student culture.
I tagged along on the Monroe Park Campus tour lead by two energetic student admissions ambassadors. Our group consisted of moms, dads, siblings, and of course, students. Departing from the heart of campus, we checked out all the major academic buildings while the ambassadors painted a picture of which classes were most likely taught in each.
Our next stop was Cary Street Gym which left parents “oohing” and “aahing” over VCU’s breathtaking fitness center. Several students regarded the gym as one of their favorite stops on the tour! We then headed over to the residence halls where students got a glimpse of what their potential rooms would look like.
On our way to see the library I spoke with a prospective student from Northern Virginia interested in VCU’s School of Education. She loved the campus and felt the academic session and tour were both really informative. “I was able to get a clear view of what it would be like to be a VCU student,” she commented.
Want to see for yourself what the Cary Street Gym looks like? Or get a sneak peak of the residence halls? Check out the following links:
Cary Street Gym
Cary Street Gym
On-campus housing
Freshman Residence Halls

Homecoming Concert

by Michelle Abanez, Communications Intern
Two weeks before VCU’s Homecoming Concert, students were lining up before dawn for a chance to see Big Sean up close. That morning I woke up to my Facebook and Twitter pages flooded with status updates and pictures from students excited about getting their tickets.
The concert took place this past Friday after a whole week of Homecoming events. Kendrick Lamar and Outsight were the opening acts for the night and got everyone hyped, giving shout-outs to VCU and the city of Richmond. Big Sean finally made his way to the stage as the crowd roared with anticipation. My friends and I had an amazing time and definitely felt the night fit this year’s Homecoming theme, “A Moment for Life: A Black and Gold Story.”
For pictures from the concert and all the other Homecoming events, check out VCU’s Homecoming Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/homecoming.vcu.