By Kayla Tucker – Managing Editor
GRCC students and staff gathered in the Raider Grille today for Club Day, the kickoff event for this fall’s Welcome Week. Academic departments and student organizations had booths set up and Campus Activities Board hosted the event, handing out free popcorn, slushies, and T-shirts.
TJ Daniels, 19, transferred to Grand Rapids Community College from Muskegon Community College to have more class variety. Daniels had a chance to visit the Art Club today.
“Art Club seems very welcoming and has a great variety of activities,” Daniels said.
Art Club member Harmony Nguyen said the club’s motto is, “If you like art, we like you.”
Nguyen said that the clubs is open to all students – not just those studying art.
“Students have a desire to learn outside of their majors,” she said.
Many students are involved in clubs that don’t pertain to their major, rather, just their personal interests. Daniels said that he was attending Club Day because he finally had time to join a club.
Other student leaders encouraged club membership as well.
“(The) National Honor Society is a great way to be a part of something larger than yourself,” said Katie Gibbs, President of the NHS GRCC chapter.
Some student leaders mentioned the strain some clubs are feeling after the recent budget cuts due to low enrollment.
“The budget cuts really put a cramp on our events so we had to do more fundraising,” said Ashley Daniels, Vice President of the Asian Student Union. “(We had) volunteers at McDonald’s for six hours during the Metro Cruise.”
Welcome Week events will continue 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Juan R. Olivarez Plaza, or the Raider Grille if it rains. There will be inflatables, photo booths, temporary tattoos and more.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Juan R. Olivarez Plaza, there will be a rock wall, air jumpers, candle art and more.
From 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday night on the south end of the Juan R. Olivarez Plaza CAB will show “Jurassic World.” Students are invited to bring friends and family, and chairs and snacks.
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