Viva Las Vegas

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
Las Vegas is synonymous with celebration so it’s a no wonder that the Latino Student Association (LSA) chose it as the theme for their end of the year banquet. LSA went all out decorating the Commonwealth Ballroom casino style.
A number of picture taking stations were set up including a casino photo stand in, giant playing cards, a cardboard slot machine standee and a huge “Welcome to Las Vegas” entrance arch. Students spent the whole night taking as many pictures as they could.
Two game stations were also set up offering black jack and roulette, two very popular casino games. LSA also held a number of raffles throughout the night offering prizes such as playing cards, plush dice and poker chip key chains. Another highlight was the diverse line-up of performers including dancers, singers and a magician!
An awesome dinner was provided including rotisserie chicken, tacos, and pupusas- a traditional Salvadorian dish made of a thick tortilla filled with cheese and meat. They even had cake! It was one of the best events I have been to all year.
For more pictures and even videos of performances visit LSA’s Facebook page.

Obama on Campus!

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
Guess who was at VCU over the weekend? The President and First Lady of the United States of America! Thousands of Rams and Richmond locals packed the Siegel Center on Saturday to watch Mr. Obama launch his re-election bid for the White House.
Other noted speakers at the event were Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones and former Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine. Our VCU men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart served as host of the rally and introduced Michelle Obama.
“Hello, VCU!” Those were the first words Obama said to the crowd making Rams go crazy and cheer with excitement. It was an experience I’m sure many VCU students will never forget.
For videos and images on President Obama’s visit check out VCU’s News Center website.

Campus Events

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
Last weekend Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc and Black Caucus at VCU were just two of many organizations on campus hosting their final events of the semester.
Even though May is officially Asian Pacific-Islanders Month, students here at VCU wanted to make sure to celebrate the occasion before the semester was over. Throughout April the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs along with organizations such as the Chinese Student Association and Vietnamese Student Association have been hosting a number of events around campus.
Last Friday the ladies of Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc at VCU hosted Passport to Asia: Culture and Heritage of Cambodia, China, Korea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The event celebrated Asian culture, fashion and cuisine. Some traditional dishes on hand for the event included sushi, egg rolls and lo mien. I made sure to try it all!
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To see the full list of events celebrating Asian Pacific-Islanders Month visit
On Sunday, Black Caucus at VCU welcomed all Rams to their Annual Unity Cookout out on the student commons plaza. The organization strives to enhance the social environment, political involvement and cultural awareness of students, faculty and staff at VCU.
The event was catered by Famous Dave’s and attracted quite the crowd! Students got the chance to choose between pulled chicken or pork sandwiches along with a side of coleslaw, potato salad and/or warm apples sauced in cinnamon and amaretto. Delicious!
The event featured a silent auction for the Southwood Boys and Girls club of Richmond. A number of diverse art pieces were on display for all students to enjoy. The music, food, art and games served as the perfect study break for many students.
See what else Black Caucus at VCU has been up to by checking out their Facebook page!