Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 12 months, you know that Election 2012 is upon us. It’s difficult to turn on the television, surf the web or open a newspaper without spotting evidence of the battle being raged by both major political parties.
With large media spotlighting the fire, candidates are lobbying back and forth. It can be very intimidating for anyone looking for a grain of truth or to get involved. But along with election year comes a resurgence in political interest that has brought about the rebirth of Grand Rapids Community College’s political clubs, who are here to offer information and guidance.
On the right are the GRCC College Republicans. The club was inactive for two years and just started this year. The main goal is to generate involvement and educate those interested in participating in the Republican Party.
President and Founder Kyle Breathauer explains that during election years, there are many opportunities for volunteer work and internships.
“This is a great year to find a party to be active in,” said Breathauer.
Breathauer also says that the club has plans to not only be active school-wide but county and state wide as well, and the club will be participating in other college Republican events, as well as hosting a few events. The club has yet to decide on a day and time to meet, but those interested can look on the GRCC College Republican Facebook page or can contact Breathauer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the left, we have the GRCC College Democrats, a student group that was restarted after two years of inactivity by current President Ross Pike. As they work to reestablish a presence on campus, the club is focused on getting the word out about the student club and partnering with student organizations that are tied to major voting blocks such as Women’s Issues NOW and GRCC Cares.
The group works hard to promote candidates and was even invited to stand on stage with Lupe Ramos Montigny when she accepted the nomination for the State Board of Education from the Michigan Democratic Party last weekend.
The group meets twice a week in room 336 of the Student Center on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays are reserved for “Debate and Discussion,” during which everyone is invited to join the conversation about current political topics, while Tuesdays are reserved for business meetings.
The club is planning a free event for GRCC students (3 dollars at the door for non-students) in the Raider Grill October 19 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and will serve as a fun introduction for to those looking to get informed and involved.
“The College Democrats are committed to the president, and we invite anyone interested to join the winning side,” Pike said.