Laker Life Briefs 2/28

Jacob DeWeerd, Laker Life Editor

Celebrate Mardis Gras with the French Club

The French Club is hosting a Mardis Gras celebration on Tuesday, March 1 in Kirkhof 2264. The gathering will highlight the annual Louisiana tradition and include music, food, games and festive items like eye masks and beads. It’ll also be an opportunity to meet some new friends and get acquainted with the French Club. This event is open to all students.

Learn about Rainbow Capitalism with the LGBT Resource Center

Rainbow capitalism is defined as the marketing effort towards the queer community, which has acquired major purchasing power over the last few decades. As Pride Month becomes more of an opportunity for companies and brands to advertise to the queer community, some of the meaning behind the event is lost in pursuit of profits. Mel Godwin and Abigail Liggett from the LGBT Resource Center are hosting an open-door discussion of this phenomenon on Tuesday, March 1 in Kirkhof 1161. The event is open to all who wish to attend.

Network with geographers and urban planners

GVSU’s Geography and Sustainable Planning Department is hosting a networking event for Geography and Urban Planning majors. The social event will take place at Squibb Coffee and Wine Bar at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Charcuterie will be provided free of charge, while drinks like coffee and wine are available a la carte. This event is open to alumni, faculty, staff and students.

See a documentary about teacher attraction and retention

In Michigan alone, there are approximately 60,000 certified teachers that are not teaching in public schools. The documentary “Teachers Who Are Not Teaching: Who Are They and How Do We Get Them Back” explores why that may be the case. The GVSU Charter Schools Office is hosting a screening of the documentary, which features interviews with researchers, schools and teachers in Michigan. A brief open discussion of the issue will follow the screening. Due to limited seat availability attendees are encouraged to fill out an RSVP form if they wish to attend.

De-stress by making body scrubs courtesy of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute

On Thursday, March 3, the Kaufman Interfaith Institute is hosting a body scrub making event in Kirkhof 2270. Faculty, staff and students are invited to relax and forge new connections while they enjoy making body scrubs, eating snacks and listening to a guest speaker. Attendees are free to drop in anytime from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Learn about volunteer opportunities with the Hunger and Homelessness Club

The Hunger and Homelessness Club is hosting their second monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 2. The club is a student-led advocacy and volunteer organization that focuses on helping those facing food insecurity or homelessness. This meeting is open to students and will take place in Kirkhof 2201.