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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.

 
 
Karmin performs as the headline for this year’s Ferris Fest along with other performances by Reel Big Fish, Stepdad and local artist. Check out page 6 in Lifestyles for an interview with Karmin’s Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann.

Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Rocking Out at Ferris Fest

Entertainment Unlimited funds annual concert

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Karmin performs as the headline for this year’s Ferris Fest along with other performances by Reel Big Fish, Stepdad and local artist. Check out page 6 in Lifestyles for an interview with Karmin’s Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann.
Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Entertainment Unlimited (EU) spent approximately $100,000 to make this year’s Ferris Fest a success.

Ferris Fest, an annual spring concert put on by Entertainment Unlimited, took place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at the Frank Karas West Intramural Fields. The concert headliners were Reel Big Fish and Karmin. (more…)

 
 

Kendall President Resigns

Unanswered questions surround Rosen’s unexpected departure

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

President Rosen of Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) in Grand Rapids unexpectedly resigned two months before his intended resignation date.

After rumors and speculation of his resignation a few days prior, Rosen made the announcement in an email to faculty and students on April 10.

“I was not terminated,” Rosen said.  “I voluntarily tendered my resignation in March, and am fully satisfied with the terms and conditions of my departure, which is effective today.” (more…)

 
 
Students gather on Top Taggart field with blue lights in hand to show their support during Autism Awareness month.


Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Light It Up Blue

Ferris students participate in Autism Awareness Month

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Students gather on Top Taggart field with blue lights in hand to show their support during Autism Awareness month.
Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Ferris students gathered in Top Taggart Field to “light it up blue” for Autism Speaks as a part of Autism Awareness Month.

The “Light It Up – Autism Awareness” event occurred on April 23 and was sponsored by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services and Alpha Xi Delta.

“[The event] shows Ferris really cares about the diversity of all people and getting students involved,” Ferris junior communications major Jacquelyn Beard said. (more…)

 
 

Finance Division Allocates Large Funds

SG branch holds last meeting, distributes thousands of dollars

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

The finance division allocated more than $80,000 for events and travel for Ferris registered student organizations at their last meeting of the school year.

Club sports were approved an allocation of $50,000 at the finance division meeting on April 24.

“Funding from the student activity fund helps us encourage the growth and development of the club sports program by giving us the funds to promote the program nationwide,” said upcoming Vice President of Club Sports Council Brianna Slager. (more…)

 
 
Professor Betsy Verwys celebrates after completing the Gazelle Girl Marathon in Grand Rapids, raising money for SowHope with every mile she ran. 

Photo Provided By: Betsy Verwys

Gazelle Girl

Verwys runs half-marathon for third-world women

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Professor Betsy Verwys celebrates after completing the Gazelle Girl Marathon in Grand Rapids, raising money for SowHope with every mile she ran.
Photo Provided By: Betsy Verwys

Ferris professor Betsy Verwys ran with a purpose on April 13.

“I was challenged by a friend of mine to set new goals for myself as I trained for this race,” Verwys said. “It’s easy to set new time challenges, but he challenged me to think about the race differently.”

Verwys collected pledges from friends and family for every mile she ran in the Gazelle Girl Marathon in Grand Rapids. (more…)

 
 

Gold Mind Conference

Keynote speaker discussed the importance of Greek life and professionalism

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Keynote speaker and author of “The Divine Nine” Lawrence Ross visited Ferris to discuss the importance of professionalism and Greek life after graduation.

Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Kappa Psi partnered to present the annual 2014 Gold Mind Conference, held on April 21 in Science 126. Raffle prizes were given to students in attendance and provided by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services. (more…)

 
 

45 Years of Service

Ferris faculty member recognized for long-term devotion

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

One Ferris faculty member was recognized for 45 years of service at Ferris.

Research and Instruction FLITE Librarian Ann Breitenwischer has been a part of the Ferris community for 45 years and counting. Breitenwischer was recognized during the Ferris Employee Service Award Celebration held from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 23 at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn. (more…)