Extra Allocation approved and talk about upcoming events

Extra Allocation approved and talk about upcoming events

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Thursday’s Grand Rapids Community College Student Alliance meeting covered several upcoming  campus events and included approval of an extra allocation request.

GRCC’s Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) is a newly created  student organization. They will be attending a seminar about raising youth to lead the change toward a unified and peaceful world in Benton Harbor from May 18 to 20.

Their original plan included $13,000 toward this event with 15 students registered. CARP would like for 20 to 30 students to attend in total. The request was for an extra $1,700 to go toward participation costs which is $40 per person (includes meal plan), $500 toward transportation and van rental and lastly $48 for gas and other expenses. Lodging is already paid for by the seminar and CARP was given a 12 passenger van from a third party for this seminar. The purpose of this seminar is to bring the members closer with several group activities and possibly continue these seminars for future CARP members to help build close relationships with other students.

“I am the only one who has attended this seminar,” said CARP President Josue Kisile. It took place in New York. So from this experience I was inspired to start CARP at GRCC…That’s why I think it is very important that my student organization goes to this seminar.”

The allocation was approved by all members in attendance.

Following the allocation request, the discussion shifted to upcoming events for the summer and preparations for the fall semester.

Some of the events GRCC students can look forward to are here below.

  • Cosplay Day on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will be held at the Applied Technology Center and will be hosted by the Anime Club. Students are able to dress up in their favorite cosplay. There will be a photoshoot, cosplay contest, local vendors and many more fun activities and events. The Anime Club is also looking for volunteers for the event. If you are interested please email Anime Club President, Dominic Kenney at dominickenney@email.grcc.edu.
  • Phi Thetta Kappa (PTK) will be attending a regional conference on May 18-20. Students who are interested can view the requirements to join PTK on their GRCC website and can attend this event as well.

The GRCC Student Alliance and Native American Student Organization (NASO) wants to make an effort to propose to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Day again. Student Alliance President Cale Merdzinski reintroduced the proposal and has been working on it since the summer of 2017.

“It is pretty interesting that changing a holiday can make such an impact on campus, because a holiday is somewhere, something that is important to us,” Merdzinski said. “We really need to honor all of our alumni at our college and the people in our Grand Rapids community who aren’t Native American who consider themselves indigenous. Who consider themselves an immigrant and indigenous to another country… I think this proposal was really our shot to tell these people they matter.”

They will be re-organizing the proposal to seek approval from the Board of Trustees and make Indigenous Day a day to be celebrated by everyone and to create a new movement.

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