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Affordable entertainment on and off campus

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The Grand Rapids Art Museum was the first LEED certified art museum in the world, completed in 2007. Photo by Jonathan D. Lopez
The Grand Rapids Art Museum was the first LEED certified art museum in the world, completed in 2007.  Photo by Jonathan D. Lopez
The Grand Rapids Art Museum. Photo by Jonathan D. Lopez Jonathan D. Lopez | The Collegiate Live

By Miranda Campbell – Collegiate Staff

As students return from the blissfulness of summer and delve into the structured routine of school, they are faced with many tasks, one of which is budgeting for leisure activities.

Fortunately for students at Grand Rapids Community College, the Campus Activities Board (CAB), an organization solely funded by the $5 to $10 campus fee included in each student’s tuition, caters to such needs free of charge.  

Ashleigh Begres, CAB Adviser, explained the organization funds multiple events each year starting with the activities of Welcome Week which included a human gyroscope, a rock climbing wall, and free elephant ears for all that attended this year.

“It’s important for students to participate in events put on by CAB because these events are created explicitly for them and are 100 percent funded by the students,” Begres said.

As the fall semester nears its end there will also be a stress buster event and a finals relaxer in the spring.

“We are here to provide fun and relaxing events that hopefully help students feel connected and supported on campus, even if we are a commuter-based school, ” Begres said as she watched students participate in welcome week activities.

Another promising and free event new to the campus is the CC Cinema which had it’s debut Sept. 11, when “Jurassic World” screened at the south end of Bostwick Commons near Fountain St. Films will continue playing each month throughout the semester inside the Raider Grille and a full schedule will soon be available. Students interested in voting on which movies will be played should attend the first CAB meeting at 4:30 p.m. today inside the Raider Grille.

For students looking for affordable entertainment off campus, the RaiderCard may be surprisingly helpful. Local favorites like Bagger Dave’s, Cherry Street Deli, and The Bitter End coffeehouse, offer a 10 percent discount with a student ID.

Discounted movie tickets to Celebration Cinema are also available and can be purchased in the Student Life office during regular business hours. The discounts don’t stop there, as the RaiderCard, along with a voucher from Student Life, gains free admission into the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and John Ball Zoo.

Not only are these activities fun and affordable they are also free and as Begres said, “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

For full list of RaiderCard Discounts check out: www.grcc.edu/studentlife/servicesandprograms/studentdiscounts