GCCC Students cited for alcohol violation
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 00:10
Twenty-six Garden City Community College students were cited and released in the early morning hours of Sept. 23 on allegations of underage drinking.
Of the 26 students, 13 are college athletes: nine are listed on the football roster, three are on the Lady Busters volleyball team and one is on the GCCC women’s basketball team. Also among those arrested were Student Government Association President Moises Mora, 19, 4101 E. Highway 50, No. 158.
According to Garden City police reports, all of the students were cited and released between 1:37 and 2:31 a.m. Sept. 23, in the 600 block of North 11th Street, on allegations of consumption of alcohol by persons under 21.
When asked what the disciplinary actions would be for students in this kind of situation, Ryan Ruda had this to say, “There is kind of what we call disciplinary probation which means you’re placed under a lot more of a watchful eye . . . If there are other issues that come up on campus on off campus those decisions would be taken into account as what the next course of action would be.”
While disciplinary actions will be taken, Ruda also said, “We try to take a look at the student and say that were not out here to deny a student an education were here to work with them, were here, and we try to help them understand that they need to be better at making decisions.”
Football players cited include Kalyn Weber, 18, 611 Campus Drive, No. 216; Jason Carreon, 18, 208 N. 11th St.; Levi Koehn, 20, Holcomb; Antonio Rubio, 19, 1204 N. Third St.; Ivan Moreno, 20, 950 Jennie Barker Road, No. 127; Dashon Tyrell Caldwell, 19, Monroeville, Ala.; Rico Stallworth, 19, 611 Campus Drive; Rilee Spresser, 19, Gem St.; and Gregory Kramer, 18, Tonganoxie.
The three volleyball players include Taylor Winchester, 18, 611 Campus Drive, No. W1114; Bailey Eve, 18, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Josephine Stiel, 19, 4260 W. Jones Ave. The women’s basketball player cited was Tamara Jones, 20, Prosser, Wash.
Dennis Harp, athletic director, said “It was not only athletes, there were obviously a lot of non-athletes that were involved in that too. We hope that they learn from it, we hope that they take advantage of what’s provided on our campus where they can receive counseling, which I think is important maybe not only for the athletes that were involved, but maybe for those non-athletes that have problems with alcohol abuse.”
As far a discipline goes, Harp said, “We go by what the school handbook policy says . . . We left it up to the discretion of the coach . . . the coach handles all that, we encouraged them, I encouraged them to take advantage of the counseling program.”
“Each coach informed me how they were going to handle the situation, basically there were going to be some extra conditioning and I encouraged the idea of counseling,” he said.
Other students cited include Perla Delgado, 20, 2827 El Dorado Place; Willie Mills, 18, 611 Campus Drive; Brianna Jones, 18, 611 Campus Drive; Dazi Johnson, 19, Ulysses; Serenity Johnson, 19, Ulysses; Miguel Andrade, 18, 601 N. Ninth St.; Harold Brooks, 18, 611 Campus Drive; Keaton Bargdill, 20, 808 Fitz; Zach Nicely, 19, 611 Campus Drive; Amber Gardner, 20, 2604 ½ Chainey; Rilee Spresser, 19, Gem; and Elizabeth Bachman, 19, Garden City.