The Grand Rapids Community College Student Alliance approved two extra allocations fund requests at their March 24 meeting. Both StandOut, a club promoting LGBTQ rights, and Student Alliance requested amounts over $1,000 and approval was granted for both.
All students who attend the meetings have a vote.
StandOut’s extra allocation request was for their Drag Show event scheduled for 7 p.m. April 6 at the Raider Grille. The event will feature six professional drag queens and one GRCC student. DJ Monica Parker will perform at the event as well.
The club requested $1,666.15 for the cost of the drag show. The costs included a rug, food, a DJ, linens and more. StandOut President Sarah VanSolkema said the event is normally annual, but due to insufficient funds, the event did not happen last year. The club has provided some funding on their own, VanSolkema said, but they are trying to save funding to host a speaker on campus before the end of the semester.
“I did get two local bakeries to donate more than 450 desserts,” VanSolkema told the students. These bakeries are Cakabakery and Field & Fire.
The Student Alliance allocation request was for $7,000 to create a Club Hub in the Student Life office. The plan, Student Alliance said, is to have a common space where students can learn about, contact and join student clubs and organizations on campus.
Student Alliance is paying $3,000 out of their organization’s fund, and with the approved allocation, will have a total of $10,000 to work with.
“There isn’t a fun space on campus,” said Student Alliance President Brandon Sinclair. “We’re believing that (the Club Hub) would drive up traffic. Also, we would be kind of resetting up the format of the Student Life area downstairs so that it would be more adaptable for more students.”Student Alliance said the Club Hub will serve as a fun, relaxing, office, storage and meeting space.
GRCC President Steven Ender was the special guest at the meeting. He stressed the importance of finding an academic advisor and he addressed the increase in tuition for fall and his recent retirement announcement.
“It’s scary as hell,” Ender said, on the unknown of retirement. “What I’m appreciating, though, is the fear is also an opportunity to discover something.”
The room gave the president a standing ovation following his speech.