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Welcome Week begins today

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By Gary Manier – A&E/Features Editor

Grand Rapids Community College’s annual Welcome Week begins today and runs through Thursday. New and returning students are invited to participate in all of the events.

The week begins with today’s 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program, which is free and open to everyone. The memorial program begins at 11:30 a.m.* The evening service begins at 6:30 p.m. and features Touré as a guest speaker. All events will take place at the Ford Fieldhouse.

The annual peace march was cancelled due to weather conditions.

For the rest of Welcome Week, activities will take place in the Raider Grille from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

“Students have the opportunity to get involved, form connections with others, and start this semester with fun,” said Hana Christofferson, President of Campus Activities Board.  “I hope students will take this opportunity and run with it. This is one of the ways that students can make their time at GRCC count.”

Tuesday is “Club Day.” All current clubs on campus will be represented. Club leaders and volunteers will be staffing their own tables

Wednesday is a movie day, and “Frozen” and “Pitch Perfect 2” will be shown. Pizza and popcorn will be provided.

Thursday is an activity day. Students will have the opportunity to design their own phone skin, customize a Welcome Week survival pack and take part in palm reading. There will be a drunk driving and texting while driving simulator, a bookstore gift card raffle and giveaways. Free food, including slushies and a macaroni bar, will be available.

*Editor’s Note: This story was updated as of 12:57 p.m. to include the update that the peace march was cancelled Monday morning due to weather conditions.