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.

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.