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GRCC’s block party event aims to help new students get involved

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By Mackenzie Davis 

On Saturday, Aug. 26 ,Grand Rapids Community College will be holding its annual block party event located in the Juan Olivarez Plaza on the main campus. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., tents will be lined up housing groups from all over GRCC with information for new students for the upcoming year. 

Ashley Fox, assistant director of the Student Life and Conduct office and lead coordinator of the block party, shares her goals for the upcoming event. 

“The block party is really just to build connections and have fun,” Fox said. “Being that Student Life and Admissions come together for this, it’s kind of like an invitation for the new students to come in and get familiar with campus and meet department heads, faculty and other students.”

On top of having free food for guests, outdoor games and the kona ice truck, this event is also a great way for students to get more comfortable with driving and parking downtown and getting more involved with the school.

Students will be able to join or learn about clubs, meet department staff, get information for GRCC’s athletic teams and get free GRCC merchandise. Campus will also be open for students to find classes, get their raider cards and textbooks and feel more comfortable walking around campus. 

“I think it can be really relieving just to be here and realize that you are not alone in a new space,” Fox said. “Campus will be open for tours and it gives people a sense of understanding of where they are and connecting some dots before they are here.

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