by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
The Intercultural Festival (ICF) at VCU is my favorite event of the year! It’s an official VCU tradition celebrating the diversity among students and the Richmond community. The theme for this year’s festival, held in Monroe Park, was “Seven Wonders of The World.”
activitIes at ICF
Two stages were set up offering a variety of performances throughout the event including dances, poetry, singing and fashion from around the world. The Ballroom Dancing Society, Crossroad Irish, Def Poets Society and Korean Student Gathering were just a few of the performers on hand for ICF.
My favorite part of the festival? The delicious food! Authentic Mexican, Indian, Thai and Turkish cuisine were offered, to name a few. I had chicken pad thai for the first time and loved it. I also made sure to save some room for a big delicious funnel cake!
vendors at ICF
Another big attraction at the festival was the petting zoo filled with llamas, chinchillas, sheep, ducks and bunnies. I could have spent hours petting that chinchilla! Other activities offered at ICF included a caricaturist, henna artists, face painting, picture taking, arts and crafts, and a velcro wall.
petting zoo at ICF
ICF gets bigger and better every year and it’s definitely an event you don’t want to miss when you come to VCU! For more information about ICF visit www.icfvcu.com .

Rams Against Hunger

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
This month VCU Rams have been going above and beyond to help raise awareness and relief for the hungry. The university hosted its first Stop Hunger Now event to help package 32,000 meals to help create a world without hunger. Stop Hunger Now is a hunger relief agency that coordinates the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families all over the world.
Rams who volunteered got the chance to package dehydrated, high protein and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and school feeding programs in developing countries around the globe. A few friends and I decided to volunteer and had so much fun! A DJ was on hand playing music while everyone got to work. Hundreds of volunteers managed to package, seal and box up 32,000 meals in just two hours!
This week VCU is also hosting a university-wide food drive to support the Central Virginia Food Bank and its affiliated Meals on Wheels and Community Kitchen programs. The three day event raised over 50,000 meals last year thanks to the generosity of students and the Richmond community. This year our mascot Rodney and a number of volunteers have been busy collecting cash and non perishable food donations at a number of drop-off sites around campus. The food drive began on April 17 and will run until tomorrow, April 19, 2012.
To make a donation to support VCU’s food drive visit https://feedmore.org/donate/campaign-form/vcu-food-drive

The Dish on VCU Dining

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
Aside from having a beautiful campus, VCU has some of the best food you will find on any college campus! VCU offers its students a number of options on campus to choose from when their stomachs start growling.
Probably the best place to go to for some variety is Shafer Dinning Court. It’s located at the heart of campus and they have everything you could possibly desire! Shafer has you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any craving in between. Look over their menu and see for yourself! Around campus there are also a number of noted eateries that probably sound familiar like Subway, Pizza Hut Express, Einstein Bros Bagels, Starbucks, Chik-fil-A, IHOP Express, Quiznos Subs and much more!
Shafer Dining Court
Almost all freshmen are required to have a dining plan. That means all Rams have to do to eat at one of these places is swipe their VCUCard! Dining plans are composed of block plans and dining dollars. Block plans allow students a specific number of meals per semester, while dining dollars allow students the chance to purchase tax-free meals at all VCU retail restaurants (like Starbucks, Chik-fil-a, and the other restaurants mentioned above).
For more information on dining plans check out CampusDish at VCU!

High School Spring Break

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
When you think of spring break, you might think of going on a vacation or catching up on some much needed sleep. For many high school students, however, it’s the perfect time to plan some college visits. This week VCU welcomed thousands of prospective students and their families interested in becoming a part of one of VCU’s future classes.
VCU Welcome Center
Multiple information sessions and tours were scheduled for the whole week and of course I had to check them out. I went on a tour leaving from the VCU Welcome Center (photo above is the map located outside the Welcome Center) and we hit just about every spot on campus. The bookstore was our first stop followed by the library, Shafer Dining Court, academic buildings, The Cary St. Gym and more. The hour long tour definitely left parents and prospective students impressed!
Campus Tour
University College
For information on visiting VCU during spring break, check out the following website: http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/springbreak/index.html
For information on our regularly scheduled information sessions and campus tours, visit the following website: http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/visitvcu/index.html.