Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Grand Valley State College Republicans Could Face Disciplinary Action for 'Affirmative Action' Bake Sale

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Grand Valley State College Republicans Could Face Disciplinary Action for 'Affirmative Action' Bake Sale

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ALLENDALE, MICH.

The College Republicans group at Grand Valley State University is facing harsh criticism for an "affirmative action" bake sale it held on campus in March. The same cupcake that a White male could buy for $2 was available for 75 cents to a White female or a Black person, 50 cents to an Asian or Hispanic and only a nickel to an American Indian.

Organizer Kyle Rausch said his club wanted to challenge affirmative action policies that give preference to women and minorities. Members expected the bake sale's pricing policy to generate some controversy, but they didn't mean to upset any passers-by, he says.

"If people walked by and were offended, that was not our intention," Rausch told The Grand Rapids Press.

Rausch's group sold only one cupcake and now could face disciplinary action for the stunt.

Four students filed complaints with the university's Student Life Office, initiating a misconduct review. Several people denounced the sale during a Student Senate meeting.

The university's student code states, in part, that "every aspect of University life should be free from discrimination . …

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