Dance Madness

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
Yesterday I took a break from my regular routine of going to class and studying at the library to attend Dance Madness. I had a blast watching some of VCU’s best dance crews go head-to-head for the chance to win money for their organization and claim the title of VCU’s best dance crew!
The event was hosted by the Activities Programming Board (APB) and students were treated to free pizza and refreshments. The first 100 guests were also entered into a number of raffles! Prizes included an iPod Shuffle and Xbox Kinect with Dance Central.
After some amazing performances the judges announced a tie between the Poppers of VCU and Blank Canvas. The Poppers of VCU specialize in the traditional hip hop dance of “popping” while Blank Canvas incorporates a number of dance styles into their performances. All the dance crews were phenomenal but after a heated dance-off Blank Canvas walked away with first place!
To see videos of Dance Madness top performances check out APB’s Facebook page. You can also “like” Blank Canvas and the Poppers of VCU on Facebook for more information.
Dance Madness

Pride in the Rams

by Katherine Beck, admissions counselor
With basketball season coming to a close, we want to take a minute to thank and congratulate our men’s team for an awesome and entertaining season. Everyone here in admissions loved cheering on the team with the rest of the RamNation.
While Saturday night’s loss continues to sting, we are still incredibly proud of the Black and Gold. The team had some exciting and unforgettable games this season, including the win that crowned them CAA champions and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Way to go, Rams! We look forward to cheering you on next season!
To read more about the VCU men’s basketball team’s season, check out VCU Athletics website.
You can also view pictures of the men’s basketball team in action here.

Bangladesh Night 2012

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
The Bangladeshi Students’ Organization (BDSO) at VCU held its 7th annual Bangladesh Night last Saturday. The night was filled with music, food, performances and a fashion show.
BDSO Board
BDSO created a comical skit spoofing what it’s like to be Bengali at VCU which kept the packed audience laughing hysterically! They followed up with a number of beautiful dance performances and a musical act.
A full three coarse meal was also provided and tasted so good! It was my first time having Bangladesh cuisine and I really enjoyed it. The night ended with a big fashion show, which I had the honor of participating in. I got the chance to wear a beautiful sari, traditional dress for Bengali women, and walk the runway. My friends and I had a blast!
BDSO Night!
Check out what else BDSO has been up to around campus on their Facebook page.

VCU Qatar Day

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
Did you know VCU has a campus in the Middle East? Yup, VCUQatar (VCUQ) is a subsidiary of VCU’s School of the Arts located in Education City, Qatar. Yesterday, in an effort to celebrate and bring awareness to the Qatar campus, VCU’s Monroe Park Campus Student Government Association (SGA) and Activities Programming Board (APB) hosted Qatar Day!
They pitched a big tent in the student commons plaza and had a slew of stations set up as soon as you walked in. I started off by getting my name written in Arabic calligraphy and then moved on to smell Arabic perfumes. Students were allowed to keep their favorite scent! They even had a photo booth where you could take pictures with your friends dressed up in traditional Arab clothing.
Michelle in Arabic calligraphy
The delicious catered food and the camel were my favorite parts. Yes, I said camel! Right outside the tent was the sweetest camel you could take pictures with and pet. Before leaving I stopped by the henna booth and checked out the fashion show! SGA and APB put on an amazing event!
Interested in finding more information on VCU’s SGA? Take a look at their Facebook page!
Camel at VCU Qatar Day

VCU: 2012 CAA Champions

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
VCU is going dancing! Last night our men’s basketball team was crowned the 2012 CAA Champions, automatically qualifying for the NCAA tournament. The sold out game was held at the Richmond Coliseum and the excitement was electrifying!
VCU vs. DU
Rams played an amazing game against the Drexel Dragons claiming the CAA title with a 59-56 win. Students and Ram fans of all ages were dressed from head to toe in black and gold. I sat in the student section where you couldn’t help but stand and cheer every second of the game.
VCU 2012 CAA Champions
As soon as VCU locked in the win fans were allowed to join the team on the court to celebrate! A highlight for me was watching coach Shaka Smart cut down the net as Ram fans roared in celebration.
I can’t wait for “The Big Dance” to begin! GO RAMS!
For a full play-by-play of the night visit VCU Athletic’s website.
Shaka Smart


by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
The Activities Programming Board (APB) is one of my favorite organizations on campus! They are all about providing entertainment and host a variety of events such as comedy shows, live concerts, weekly movies, cultural excursions, BINGO nights and more!
This weekend I went to two of their events and had the best time. Every Friday and Saturday night APB takes over the Commons Theater to host free movie nights for students. This weekend Happy Feet 2 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 were shown and received quit a turnout! Did I mention they give out free popcorn? I love going!
Another hot ticket this weekend was APB’s Oscar Viewing Party. The event was held at Breakpoint, VCU’s student lounge. Students were able to see all the glitz and glamour on a large flat screen TV! APB provided a delicious catered dinner where I ate the best egg rolls I have ever tasted. Cupcakes were also on hand which made the 84th Academy Awards just that much sweeter to watch.
Curious to see what other fun events APB hosts? Take a look at their Facebook Page!!/ApBVCU