News Briefs 2/24

Sean Cauvet, News Editor

GVPD Capt. Stoll addresses sexual assault incident

On Saturday, Feb. 15, a mass email was sent out to all Grand Valley State University students. In the email, an incident of sexual assault was detailed. The incident took place in Enclave, an off-campus apartment complex. In the report detailed by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, a student was attending a party at the complex when she was pulled into a room where the attack occurred.

“It’s important to remember that it’s an Ottawa County based incident, as it took place off-campus at Enclave,” said Grand Valley Police Department Capt. Jeffrey Stoll. “If they need our help, we will do anything within our power to help them out, but as of right now they are leading the investigation.”

When asked about the incident, Stoll urged students to stay in groups. Stoll made sure to note that it is never the victim’s fault, but that staying in groups with your friends can help reduce the risk of an incident occurring. Stoll said that good practice is to have one or two people in your group be designated as sober so that everyone has a safe ride home.

“We talk about this idea of a sober driver frequently but a sober partier is also important,” Stoll said. “It’s important to have someone in your group that can make coherent, rational decisions in intense, emotional moments.”

mySuccess check survey announces 2020 winners

Two students received a surprise for their participation in the mySuccessCheck survey, which was distributed to all new first year and transfer students. Elizabeth Chase, Student Retention and Special Projects Coordinator, said that every student who took the survey was entered to win up to $500 in free textbooks for the following semester.

Chase congratulated the two winners, who were both transfer students, in an email. The winning students included Simon Long, a General Management student from Northville, Michigan, and Samuel Zlydaszyk, a Marketing major from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

SIBS and KIds weekend invites GV families to campus

Grand Valley State University’s Campus Activities Board and Office of Student Life invited a plethora of Laker families to campus this past weekend. Sibs and Kids is designed to have a range of events for college students and their families to participate in throughout the weekend.

Activities included a carnival, a VSCO craft session, a trivia night, movie showing and improv show among others. A $5 wristband was a kid’s all-access pass to the whole menu of fun activities, providing them with a fun taste of GVSU’s campus life.