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The fall semester has officially started and students are back in class once again at Grand Rapids Community College.
The Collegiate staff has still been working on campus all summer and we’re here to fill you in on what you missed:
Pokemon Go took over Grand Rapids. This summer, hundreds of people gathered downtown after a new app that simulates catching Pokemon around the city went viral.
There were lots of renovations around campus this summer. Privacy panels were added to the Fieldhouse locker rooms, the top of Bostwick Parking ramp was completely redone, the Music Building began its complete makeover, and the lab preschool construction continued. Overall, the college spent over $18 million (dollars) in construction this summer.
Governor Rick Snyder and his wife Sue Snyder both made appearances at the college this summer. The Michigan First Lady spoke at the Michigan Community College Sexual Assault Consortium in June on awareness and prevention. The Governor paid a visit to the Tassel M-TEC center later that month where he got a glimpse of what skilled trades looks like at GRCC.
A body was found on campus in June. The suspect in the homicide was arrested within days and is still facing an open murder charge. Neither the suspect nor the victim were affiliated with the college.
GRCC’s downtown campus went on lockdown when a 26-year-old GRCC employee fatally shot himself outside of Spectrum Health Hospital. It was later determined that he posed no threat to campus.
GRCC and Spectrum Health joined forces to provide $7 million in scholarships to students, after Spectrum purchased the old football field for $5 million. Spectrum will distribute $350,000 annually to the GRCC Foundation that will then award the scholarships.
A new refund policy is in place at the college that gives students more time, roughly five days, to drop a class without penalty.
The Rapid is now offering a semester-long bus pass. The pass is priced at a 30 percent discount at $130. Students can purchase bus passes in the Student Life Office.
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For The Collegiate at GRCC, I’m Kayla Tucker. Have a good week.