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Oil spill cleanup in Lake Michigan successful

On Wednesday Aug. 2 oil spilled from a cargo vessel leaked into the waters of Lake Michigan.

The spill was first noticed by crew members onboard the tankard, The Manitowoc. The ship had a hole in one or more of its fuel tanks, though the exact amount is still unclear. Immediately crew members plugged the hole and shifted fuel to stop the release.

WoodTV reports a red slick nearly two miles long was seen within a few hours of the initial report. On Aug. 4 around 6 p.m., responders were stopped and the leak was considered contained.

Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Lake Michigan Sector Captain Seth Parker stated his appreciation for all responders in their work to contain the oil spill in a press release, thanking the collective work of tribal, local and state agencies in their quick action and efficiency.

“The success of this operation underscores the importance of interagency coordination and our shared commitment to safeguarding our natural resources,” Parker said to WoodTv.

There was no impact to the marine life or area shoreline.

President Mantella represents GV at Capitol Hill briefing

Grand Valley State University President Philomena Mantella attended the first Unified Day of Advocacy in Washington, D.C. alongside other founding members of the REP4 Alliance program on July 26.

The REP4 Alliance made an appearance at the Capitol Hill briefing to showcase how the program is impacting higher education through its’ work with high school students across the United States.

Following Mantella’s  appearance in D.C., GVSU hosted high school students from across Michigan in the Midwest Learner Design Summit from July 27 to 28.

The summit provided participants with the opportunities to earn college credit hours, scholarships, waived admission fees and in some cases guaranteed admission to GVSU.

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Emma Armijo
Emma Armijo, News Editor
Emma Armijo is the Lanthorn's News editor for the 2023-24 year. She previously worked with the Lanthorn for a year and a half as a news staff writer before joining the editorial team as the Arts and Entertainment editor in the winter of 2023. Emma enjoys all things creative like dance, music and drawing. Her aspirations after college include working as a professional in the dance industry and writing for a major print news organization, The New York Times. Graduating Winter 2025 Majors: Multimedia Journalism, Dance