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Student Alliance discussed upcoming campus events during latest meeting

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By Jack Hervela

Grand Rapids Community College’s Student Alliance members discussed upcoming events at their latest meeting of the semester on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Spirits were high as President Elizabeth Nguyen and Vice President Dylan Evans welcomed student organizations from across campus to usher in a new semester full of activities and initiatives at GRCC.

During a discussion about upcoming activities, the Native American Student Organization shared a desire to show “a documentary focused on Native American representation in sports mascots,” which would involve a panel discussion.

NASO is hopeful this can be set for November as Native American Heritage Month spans the entirety of the month.  

Another event Student Alliance is planning is Mental Health Awareness Day slated for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 9 in the Raider Grille.

“We worked hard to make this event as great as we can in the amount of time we had,” Vice President Dylan Evans said.

“Many outlets from West Michigan will be present to provide guidance for students in need while lots of food and great raffles are planned” Nguyen said.

Evans relayed the importance of every organization having representation through a senator, which would bolster, “active participation and equally represent each group at meetings.”

Goals for the year were addressed with a need for more “color” on campus held high. The idea for each organization to paint a tile somewhere on campus was well received with the dream of a mural being painted on an empty wall falling under unanimous agreement.

An empty concrete slab facing Lyon and Ransom streets was agreed upon as an adequate spot with themes of “color, diversity and welcomeness,” being important to Evans.

Falling a hair short of typical running time, the meeting became an incubator for further ideas between organizations about activities on campus.

The next Student Alliance meeting will be held on Oct. 11 in room 500 in the Main Building.