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Sexual Assault Reported by University

No Ferris students or employees involved in sexual assault

by Published: May 27, 2014

7:50 p.m.

Kettner was brought into custody in Guam, and will be extradited back to the US.

7:42 p.m.

Two sexual assault suspects have been arrested, ending a daylong drama that involved multiple alerts from Ferris State University regarding the situation.

Sexual assault suspects Doug Robinson and Patrick Kettner were arrested according to a Ferris Emergency Alert that was sent out at 5:42 p.m.

Ferris news services and social media manager Sandy Gholston confirmed that neither Robinson or Kettner were currently affiliated with Ferris State in any way.

The sexual assault was reported to the Mecosta County Sheriff’s department, and was reported to have happened on the night of May 24 or morning of May 25 according to Gholston.

The emergency message also included information about Patrick Kettner, another suspect in the same sexual assault.

Kettner is an 18 year old male and has no known connection to Ferris. mLive reported that a friend of Kettner drove him to Grand Rapids to take a flight to Chicago. Police then learned that Kettner booked an international flight, and may be in Guam.

At 6:51 p.m., Gholston indicated that Kettner is now in custody. There is no indication currently as to where Kettner was brought into custody.

Anyone with information on the events should call 911 first or Ferris DPS second at (231) 591‑5000.

4:52 p.m.

At 2:13 p.m., Ferris State sent an emergency message to students notifying them of a sexual assault suspect at large.

The message listed the suspect as “Doug Robinson, black male, 19 [Years old], 6’1.”

The message also instructed all Big Rapids residents to lock their doors and call 911 if they come into contact or spot Robinson.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


Prank Goes Awry

Two Ferris students charged for planting explosive devices on campus

by Published: May 14, 2014

An explosive device was found on-campus near Brophy and McNerney halls with both suspects now in custody and charged.

Ferris students Jeffrey Ryan Boyd and Daniel Joseph Putman have both been formally charged with planting an explosive device on Ferris campus.

The explosive was identified as a “works bomb,” a homemade explosive made with “common household cleaner” inside a 2-liter pop bottle.

Boyd and Putman both attended high school in Rochester, Michigan prior to coming to Ferris.

Although the explosive was planted on April 21st the two men were not charged until last Wednesday, nor was any information about the incident released to the public. A press release finally issued last Friday identified the placement of the explosive as a prank.

“There was nothing we saw or discovered that showed ill intent or intent to hurt anyone,” Director of the Ferris Department of Public Safety Bruce Borkovich said. “It was kid’s stuff, a kid’s prank, but stuff we have to take serious in case it bursts and goes in someone’s eyes or something.”

Both Boyd and Putman remain in Mecosta County Jail as they await their next court date. Their cases have been moved to Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court, but future court dates have not been set.


Ferris Students Arrested

Three students charged with felony home invasion

by Published: May 14, 2014

A break-in to two on-campus residence halls ended with the arrests of three Ferris students, and one of the suspects being “indefinitely suspended” from Ferris State’s football team.

Michael Barmore, Kobi Armstead and Angelo Whittis, all three students of Ferris State University, have been charged with breaking and entering in relation to break-in’s in both McNerney and Carmer halls on the night of Friday, May 9th.

The three students have each been charged with four felonies: one count of first-degree home invasion and three counts of second degree home invasion. In both cases property was reportedly stolen from the rooms.

Whittis is a freshman linebacker on the Ferris football team has been indefinitely suspended from play by the Athletics Department.

“After his arrest on Friday, May 9 by the University’s Department of Public Safety,” a University statement said. “In connection with on-campus residence hall break-ins the previous evening, the Athletics Department took immediate action to indefinitely suspend Whittis. His case has been referred to the Office of Student Conduct.”

The maximum punishment for first-degree home invasion is a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, while second-degree home invasion is a maximum sentence of 15. All three men are held in Mecosta County Jail on $100,000 bond and are set to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. on May 20 in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court.

Armstead is listed as a criminal justice major on his personal Facebook page and Barmore is studying mechanical engineering. All three hail from the Metro Detroit area.


Senior Sendoff

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

As the academic year winds to a close, Ferris senior student-athletes began to reflect on their respective careers in college athletics.

Some of the graduating class members have turned to professional sports careers, while others have brought in All-American laureates to Ferris. (more…)


Image Awards

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Joey Cottle, Guest Writer

The 2014 Image Awards represented a little known but long-held tradition of Ferris State scholarship, leadership and academic achievement.

Every year, students may nominate and vote for faculty, staff and other students to receive one of 21 awards doled out at the Ocsar-esque ceremony held in Williams Auditorium.

Some 200 students attended the ceremony on Friday.

Jordan Holiness, a junior at Ferris and president of RSO Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge (BLACK), took away two awards. He garnered the Alpha Phi Alpha award and the Barbara Johnson RSO President Award. (more…)


Torch Writers Debate the Issue of Marijuana Use in Athletics

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

By Justin Aiken and Ben Rettinhouse

With football season well and over with, one controversy still looms over the future of professional football. Medical marijuana.

Pete Carroll, head coach of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, recently brought forth the idea of exploring the options of medical marijuana for football players. I say, why not? (more…)


OSC Mandates Drug Course

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Lindsey Hogan and Sarah Force, Ferris State Torch

Marijuana 101 is a program most students are required to take after being caught with marijuana on campus.

For more significant cases, the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) will require students to take “Brief Alcohol and Substance Intervention for College Students” (BASICS).

Marijuana 101 is designed to look at multiple aspects of using marijuana including the psychological and social responses. (more…)


Ferris Student Arrested

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Lindsey Hogan and Sarah Force, Ferris State Torch

Ferris healthcare marketing freshman Lucas Zhao was found with 5 grams of marijuana wax and 7 grams of marijuana on campus.

“The worst thing that can happen with marijuana is getting caught by the police,” Zhao said.

Zhao and friends were smoking in his dorm a half hour before they were caught. (more…)


Athlete of the Week

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Janie Sell and Sydney Berens

Sophomore and freshman

Ferris women’s tennis

Women’s tennis received a strong contribution from sophomore, Janie Sell, and freshman, Sydney Berens, in the Bulldogs 5–3 loss to Olivet Nazarene.

Sell and Berens were the only two players on the team to come out victorious in singles competition on Saturday, Feb. 15. The two young Bulldogs’ performances were the highlights of a match that was controlled by ONU throughout most of the meeting at Ferris’ Racquet and Fitness Center.

Berens won her singles match with a 6–0, 6–0 shutdown of ONU’s Clara Ruegsegger, and Sell took her match with a 7–6, 7–6 mark over Seraphine Buchmann.

The two then paired up to notch Ferris’ only doubles win of the day as they teamed up with a solid match against the Tigers’ Aziza Butoyi and Tifanny Aguirre. The duo took the match 8–6 as the two fed of their strong singles performances.

The Bulldogs moved to 8–10 overall following the loss to the Tigers and currently sit in the seventh spot in the GLIAC.


Suiting Up for Success

by Published: Feb 12, 2014

Written by Sarah Force

Ferris students can expect the largest and most diverse Career and Internship Fair Ferris has ever seen.

Due to the overwhelming response that the career fair has had, resulting in some employers being wait-listed, CLACS was forced to provide an overflow room.

“We sold out the Wink Arena and the gym [this semester],” Coordinator of Student Career Services Michele Albright said. (more…)