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Grand Rapids Community College kicks off new semester with Welcome Week

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Brandon Shelden sent Katie Winstrom flying twice in a friendly match. Photo by Jonathan D. Lopez

By Sean Walker – Collegiate Staff

This week, the Grand Rapids Community College campus is filled to the brim with students, staff members, and activity as the Campus Activities Board has officially launched the new semester with it’s annual “Welcome Week.”

The week of festivities kicked off Monday with Club Day, in which students were able to learn about various clubs and groups organized by other GRCC students. Tuesday, Welcome Week continued with a carnival-themed day of games, prizes, and the opportunity to dunk a staff member or two in a dunk tank.

Brandon Sinclair, the student director of Campus Activities Board, describes Welcome Week as an opportunity for students to get excited about being back in college. “Now that they’ve already been in classes for two weeks, they have an opportunity to kick back and meet new students,” Sinclair said.

And it’s going well so far, as many students have turned out to take part in the activities.

“It’s pretty fun,” agree Madison Francis, Alicia Geene and Tierra Shepherd, three freshmen who are among many enjoying the various activities, “especially the free food.”

Unfortunately Wednesday’s activities were cancelled due to rain, but the week was finished off with inflatables during the day, and an evening showing of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Then on Saturday, GRCC will celebrate its 100-year anniversary with a community picnic at the Ford Fieldhouse that will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with grilled chicken and ribs being the main dishes to be served.