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Community comes together for BOV

Business management senior and car smash organizer Clarence Massey takes his turn in destroying the car in the President’s Courtyard to fundraise money for Battle of the Valley on Monday, Oct. 7. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Battle of the Valley week kicked off for the first year without a competitor. Events began on Oct. 6 and continued throughout the week.

Student Association Speaker of the House Nora Lipetzky emphasized all the support Student Association had in planning the event.

“BOV couldn’t have been done without our representatives, the many RSOs and offices that got involved or our community investors who donated items to get auctioned or made monetary donations,” Lipetzky said. “The media in the community worked hard, as well, to get our community involved in such an important event.”

On March 21, Lipetzky discovered that the Grand Valley Student Senate voted to withdraw from BOV. Planning for the event hasn’t stopped.

“Battle of the Valley has been six months of hard work and a labor of love,” Lipetzky said. “I remember (the SA President) and me meeting with over a dozen RSOs and at least 15 offices trying to gauge what our community wanted to see back in April.”

Many on-campus offices pitched in to show the support and ensure that BOV was a success this year.

“There are so many RSOs and offices we have to thank that have been integral in the success of this,” she said. “Student Life, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Affairs, the Center for Community Engagement, Sorority and Fraternity Life, University Communications, the President’s Office, among so many more.”

President of Student Association Hunter Koch said it was important to continue BOV, even without a competitor.

“The biggest difference is not having a competitor in Grand Valley,” he said. “But our team decided to continue the fundraiser because of how much it means to our community and the culture of our university.”

Koch said that although little was changed for this year’s BOV, steps are being taken to make changes next year and to find a new competitor.

“We have been, for the most part, consistent with the previous few BOV’s for the schedule,” he said. “However, this year, as the week went on, we were extensively keeping data on certain activities to assess future changes to the model.”

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