Archive for 2009

Coming Out Together

by Published: Oct 14, 2009

Organizations support, give voice to students on sexual orientation

Ferris State University organizations make conversations about sexual orientation an open, diverse, and all-inclusive campus affair.

Brian Kelley, advisor of Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA), a registered student organization on campus, said, “I definitely feel that because it’s an educational environment at Ferris it’s an open environment.”

Kelley went on to say that the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) and the Office of Diversity Inclusion (ODI) have worked hard to make Ferris a more open environment and educate students on GLBT issues.

Justin Greenfield, sophomore in the nursing program, said, “I think it would be a good idea to have an inclusive campus because it would make people feel more comfortable and it would bring a greater variety of people here to Ferris.”

“Sexual orientation is not a choice, it starts at birth. Therefore, we need to embrace all different types of people because it would make our college a better place,” Greenfield said.

Taima Dry, freshman in the business program, also thinks it’s a good idea to make the campus more open and friendly to GLBT students. “It’s their choice and we shouldn’t criticize them,” said Dry.

Mike Karel, sophomore in the accounting and finance programs, took a similar stance on the issue and said, “GLBT students are no different than any other students on campus, yet they get a significant amount of hazing for no reason other than their sexual orientation.”

Allen Williamson, junior in the physician’s assistant program, thinks working to educate students on the issues that GLBT students face would be a great thing. He said that our society is becoming more open since there are a lot more people who come out about their orientation and don’t care what people think.

Williamson said, “We work and go to school with these people and I feel that a lot of students are still very uneducated and racist. If Ferris is going to work on educating students and making the campus more accepting then it’s good.”

While many voiced their support for a sexual diversity, others felt the university should adopt a less active tone.

Linzy Flier-Zylstra said, “I think we should be open and friendly to everyone, but I don’t think Ferris should condone or support the behavior.”

Kelley said that DSAGA is always looking for new members regardless of sexual orientation. The group meets every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in Rankin 109.

Top iPhone Apps

iPorn: A Peepshow in Your Pocket…

Apple approves the first set of iPhone porn star apps

by Published: Oct 14, 2009

Apple, Inc. has recently approved the first set of porn star apps for the iPod Touch and iPhone App Store.

There’s an app for that! Well, now there are a few to help you follow your favorite porn stars, right from the convenience of your favorite handheld devices.

The apps, made by GrindhouseMobile, currently feature two porn stars, Sunny Leone and Aria Giovanni. Each star has their own app containing their blog, bio, and different sets of pictures (amateur, glamour, fetish, etc). Sunny’s even includes some of her personal videos.

Now, don’t get too excited. Most of the content in these apps could easily be considered “soft-core”. The pics are mostly lingerie or swimsuit shots, while the videos are of the star just out-and-about doing their normal (non-work related) routines. These apps are meant to make you feel “closer” to the porn star by following their daily lives.

What does the inclusion of this soft-core porn star app mean for Apple and the App Store? Apple might be willing to open up to a wider range of apps, especially since the iPhone now has better parental controls (these apps are rated 17+, and come with a warning when downloading). However, I don’t think this is a huge significance or change in Apple’s policies.

Within Apple’s software development agreement, they specifically say that porn apps are not allowed, but these apps are no worse than a Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and as such, I personally do not think they constitute as porn.

If you’d like to check out these apps for yourself, open the App Store on your iPod touch and try out the free (lite) version of Sunny Leone or the paid versions of Sunny Leone or Aria Giovanni. These are rated 17+ for mature audiences, so make sure your mom didn’t turn on parental controls.


Bridge Card Use and Abuse

by Published: Oct 14, 2009

Stacy Kosik knows that living on a college budget isn’t easy: tuition, books, rent, car insurance, not to mention food, are all expenses that the senior faces in college.

However, the cost of food may no longer be a problem for students who are struggling to make ends meet every month, by using the Food Assistance Program through a Michigan Bridge Card.

The Bridge Card, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, is basically a debit card issued by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) which is funded by federal money.

Kosik first received her Bridge Card in June. She said her reason for applying was simple. “In the summer I did not have a job because I was interning. I decided to get the bridge card when I found out I had no money to live on for the summer.”

While attending school, Kosik also works to help pay the bills and having a Bridge Card allows her to live a little easier. “I believe that if you are in school full time there is nothing wrong with a little help.”

For college students, the card is mainly used as a modernized, electronic version of food stamps but can also be used for other programs as well, such as cash assistance and disability, refugee, and supplemental income benefits.

The government has been attempting to phase out the old paper food stamps from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, since early in the decade. As of June 2009, the federal government discontinued the use of paper food stamps.

The Bridge Card can be used for almost any unprepared food items and to purchase seeds and plants to produce food, however; alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins and hot meals ready to eat do not qualify.*

According to Gisgie Gendreau, Michigan DHS Director of Marketing and Public Relations, roughly 1.6 million people in Michigan receive government support from the Bridge Card program.

The amount of money that a student qualifies for depends solely on his or her individual income compared to expenses. Tuition, rent and utility bills can all be included in a student’s expenses while loans, scholarships and work-study programs are not.

For a single person to qualify however, they must make a gross monthly income of under $1,174 (130 percent or less of poverty line). As of the beginning of the month, the maximum amount a single individual can qualify for with SNAP is $200.

Each separate program (food assistance, cash assistance, etc.) has its own specific criteria, which can only be determined by completing an application and submitting to the local DHS office.

In Mecosta County, as of August, just over 5,800 adults over the age of 18, are recipients of government aid in the FAP. A breakdown of age demographics was unavailable at the time.

However, some people are beginning to believe that many students do not actually “need” a Bridge Card and are possibly abusing the system.

Several Republican lawmakers in Lansing are calling for the Michigan Auditor General, Thomas H. McTavish, and other state lawmakers to investigate student abuse of the food and cash assistance programs and for a complete audit of the DHS Bridge Card program.

Their primary concern is that college students are using the money and benefits from the Bridge Card that they qualify for individually, while still being classified as dependents on their parents’ tax forms.

Several Republican state representatives submitted a letter to McTavish calling for the auditor general to not only look into the dependency status but to also investigate reports that students are using their cards to get purchase alcohol, tobacco products, and Lotto tickets. They also believe that students may be purchasing soda, which is not allowed under FAP guidelines, in order to return the cans for money.

Junior Julia Vangheluwe may have a solution to overcoming possible student abuse of the system. “Personally, I think that everyone with a bridge card should be required to do community service.  I understand that the economy is bad, and a lot of people get bridge cards because they can’t find a job, but why not be constructive and volunteer your time to help others in need?”

She has had her Bridge Card since August and says that she only uses her food assistance benefits to eat healthier meals regularly and not have to be stressed out about not having enough money to buy food. Having one less thing to worry about paying for is pretty valuable for Vangheluwe and students like her.


On the Rise

by Published: Oct 14, 2009

The Ferris State men’s golf team has lived up to the preseason hype

The Bulldog men’s golf team has lived up to the expectations this season.

The team, which is currently ranked 17th in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches’ Poll, came into the season with a fair amount of hype.

The Bulldogs have met expectations so far this fall season, as they have placed in the top five of every contest they participated in this season. The team has also won two tournaments; the Ferris State Matt Pinter Invitational and the Saginaw Valley State Al Watrous Memorial Invitational. Head Coach Mike Mignano is in his third year of leading the team.

“I knew coming into this season that this would be one of the best teams in school history,” said Mignano.

One of the keys to this year’s success has been the experience and depth of the team, which consists of four juniors and two seniors.

“We’re a very experienced team,” said Mignano, “Everyone has a real sense of maturity and it has translated to how we’re playing right now.”

Photo By: Kristyn Sonnenberg | Photo EditorFace-off: Senior Cody Chupp (#8) puts his best foot forward in a face-off against a Wilfred Laurier opponent. The team is going into their third official game this Friday against Connecticut.

Among the veteran leaders, senior Eric Lilleboe has had an excellent season, posting three first place finishes. Lilleboe posted a school record 14-under par in the season-opening tournament at Saginaw Valley State and has been named the GLIAC Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week four weeks in a row.

“Eric has obviously been playing some outstanding golf for us this year,” said Mignano, “His play has really paced our team this year, but our team overall has picked their game up as well.”

Senior captain Kurt Valley and junior Garrett Simons have also led the team with their strong play, as they each have two top 10 finishes this season.

Although the Bulldogs have been successful during the fall part of the 2009–2010 season, Mignano said they still need to keep working hard in order to get where they want to be.

“There’s still a lot of golf left in this season and the guys know that,” said Mignano, “They know that they have to keep working as hard as they have been if they want to keep competing at a high level.”

Ferris concluded the fall portion of season at the Wayne State Motor City Invitational in Grosse Ile, Mich. It was the team’s final tournament until the season resumes in March.


Supporting the Cause

by Published: Oct 14, 2009

The Ferris volleyball team improved to 9–4 with a pair of victories at home this weekend

Photo courtesy of Rob BentleyDiG PiNK: The women’s volleyball team wore pink jerseys during their game last Friday in support of the nationwide DiG PiNK initiative to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.

The Bulldog volleyball team sported pink jerseys on Friday night in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Bulldogs defeated Tiffin University 3–1 in a conference match-up, but that was not the highlight of the night. Breast cancer survivor Terri Bloomquist, coordinator of veteran and athletic programs at Ferris, kicked-off the evening with an honorary first-serve. Head Coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm presented her with a volleyball signed by the entire team.

Senior outside hitter Amanda Kettlewell enjoyed playing in pink to support the cause.

“We know we’re supporting a good cause and we get to wear a fun and untraditional uniform at the same time,” said Kettlewell.

Ferris won the first set 25–15 after trailing 4–1 early in the set. In the second set, Ferris and Tiffin were tied at 15 before the Bulldogs went on a 10–4 run to win the set 25–19. The only set the team dropped was the third set, 25–22.

Brandel-Wilhelm said the team was trying some different offensive strategies.

“I really don’t have to tell them anything,” said Brandel-Wilhelm, “They knew they needed to step it up a little bit and they did.”

The Bulldogs won the fourth and final set 25–17 to earn the match victory. Redshirt freshman Samantha Fordyce led the team with 42 assists and sophomore Lisa Tobiczyk led the team with 14 digs.

On Saturday, the team got all it could handle from Ashland University. Ferris lost the first two sets by scores of 25–21 and 26–24 respectively. Down two sets, the Bulldogs fought their way back into the match with wins in the third and fourth sets, forcing a decisive fifth set. Ferris hung on to win 16–14 in the final set and 3–2 overall for the match.

“We kept our focus on the present and took every point one at a time,” said Kettlewell.

Junior middle hitter Arielle Goodson recorded a match-high 19 kills and senior middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist added 15 kills. Gilchrist became the 16th player in school history to reach 1,000 kills in a career.

The Bulldog volleyball team sits atop the GLIAC North Division after the two home victories this weekend. The Bulldogs improved their overall record to 15–6, 9–4 at home this season.

This weekend, the Bulldogs head to Lansing to play in the Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament. The Great Lakes Valley Conference includes two nationally ranked teams: the University of Indianapolis ranked 12th and Lewis University ranked 13th. Ferris State, Hillsdale, Wayne State, and Saginaw Valley State all received votes.


Speaker Shares Views on Homosexuality

by Published: Oct 14, 2009

Multiple events help support National Coming-Out Day

“Sexual orientation is not only based on gender, but the type of people you are attracted to—the characteristics that you like about them,” said Dr. Corvino during his presentation titled, “What’s Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?”

He went on to say that “Homosexuality is not something of which to be ashamed. It’s not something to be terrified of or something to discriminate against.” .

Dr. John Corvino, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University, has been talking about homosexuality issues for almost 18 years.

FSU professor Katherine Harris, President of the Gender Alliance of Ferris Employees, said, “I’ve seen some of his lectures before on video. He is very polished and because he uses humor and doesn’t argue right in front of your face, he helps give leeway to talk about the issues at hand and make you think about them.”

FSU professional medical technology, pathology, and physiology major, Carl Byington, said, “I thought everything he said was correct and easy for most anyone to understand. His humor and use of example were very entertaining but kept in mind the seriousness of the subject of gay, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender issues.”

Dr. Corvino goes on to say that when we argue about issues such as gay marriage or homosexuality in general, “we need arguments that have reasons—not just someone’s opinions based on their religious background or conservativeness.”

Same-sex relationships make some people happy, so why disrupt that? We have to stop this moral abomination said Dr. Corvino. “We should make moral judgments,” said Corvino, “Not just judge people on who they are or what they do.”

He talked about why homosexuality is right and didn’t give reasons why it’s not wrong. He explained that the arguments people come up with, such as, “homosexuality is unnatural” or “animals don’t do that,” are lousy arguments.

Byington said, “The conflict of interest and use of nature vs nurture were very interesting to listen to. The idea that natural versus unnatural events within a heterosexual and homosexual couple was also just as intriguing.”

He went on to say, “If society as a mass views heterosexual relations as natural then why view homosexual relations as unnatural? We are all human beings, some just choose to be with the same sex. This doesn’t change our DNA or alter our genetic code to be anything less than what we are—human.”

Corvino said that people cannot choose their feelings, but they can choose the activities they participate in with regard to those feelings.

That could cause uproar because people say homosexuals should just choose other activities then. When thinking about that, Corvino said, “Just because it bothers you on a visual level doesn’t make it morally wrong. We make other people’s lives more difficult when we think homosexuality is morally wrong.”

“Straight people talk about their boyfriends and girlfriends just fine in public, but once gays and lesbians talk about their partners it becomes an issue,” said Corvino.

President Eisler said, in regards to Corvino’s lecture, “It was well presented. He’s a very articulate and thoughtful person. His issues were well presented and had well-reasoned questions. I’m very pleased with the Ferris employees who put this together with Dr. Corvino.”


Take Back the Night

Published: Oct 14, 2009

Photo By: Kristyn Sonnenberg | Photo EditorOn Monday, the annual Take Back the Night march took place to raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault. Participants met in the quad, marched down State street. then met at the dome room for a rally.

The fourth annual Take back the Night event, Oct. 12, once again brought Ferris State University students and the Big Rapids community together to bring awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Students and residents began their march at 5:30 PM, marching from the FSU quad and down State Street with rape awareness signs, banners and chanting phrases: “No, means no” and “We won’t be raped, we won’t be beat”.

“Rape is a very personal crime,” said Kelly Quinn, keynote speaker for Take back the night event and rape survivor. “No one wants to talk about it but it needs to be done so that healing can begin.”

The march was concluded with a lecture from Quinn, a Big Rapids native part of the Quinn’s Music store family, and from Lisa Kemmis, a Big Rapids resident and rape survivor.

“Once a person can forgive, that anger, rage and fear will no longer rule them,” said Quinn. “Survivors can go on to have a better quality of life.”

Quinn feels that learning about her attacker’s past and knowing that they too were sexual assault victims themselves, helped her come to understand her own rape.

Sexual assault and domestic violence outwardly appears to be woman’s issue, however many event supporters were male.

“I have a mother and sister and I wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to them,” said Markus Woods, criminal justice major and four– year participant of the march.

“It was a good place to go because we felt secure.” said Mortonsen.

Benson believes that there is not enough done by police to arrest attackers,  she also feels that abusers should remain guarded by the using the tether system.

Quinn, author of Captured, Sentenced, Forgiven, ended the night by performing the song “Sweet Forgiveness” by Susan Tedeschi.

Take back the night is sponsored by the WISE, a community woman’s shelter that assists in helping and counseling victims of abuse. n


Letter From the Editor: Breast Cancer Awareness

by Published: Oct 14, 2009

A disease as formidable as breast cancer deserves more than just a month of awareness, but the support for research and treatment and for those battling the disease takes center stage. As the leaves turn from green to red, yellow and brown, the rest of the country goes pink.

It would be hard not to find someone touched by breast cancer. Mothers and daughters, sisters and friends are united and strengthened through each other’s support and reminded to make regular self-examinations and annual mammograms.

Over four decades ago, my Great Aunt Marge Denison was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time a University of Michigan graduate student, teacher in Big Rapids school system and single mother to five young children, Marge’s options were not plentiful. Through swift treatment and the support of the Big Rapids community, family and friends have seen Marge to 46 years of remission.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of stories like Marge’s. Stories of strength and perseverance connected by an oath to continue the fight against breast cancer made by those directly and indirectly impacted by the disease.

October is a time to focus those energies; to stand together and remind those who are fighting and those who have fought that we wear those pink ribbons as a symbol of strength and unity.

The efforts made have had a drastic impact on the detection and survival rates. In many cases, a survival rate of 88 percent with early detection and treatment is expected, according to the American Cancer Society.

October is national breast cancer awareness month. The effort we make today will save lives tomorrow.

Keep fighting.

For more information about breast or other cancers, visit cancer​.org.


Ferris Splits Opening Weekend

by Published: Oct 14, 2009

The Bulldogs host the UConn Huskies this weekend in the first home series of the season

The Ferris State hockey team started the season on a winning note, beating Canisius College 5–1 on Friday.

Ferris struck quickly as freshman Eric Alexander scored 1:16 into the first period. Junior Zach Redmond added a power play goal with 10:31 remaining in the first to give Ferris a 2–0 lead.

Canisius cut the lead to 2–1 with the only goal scored by either team in the second period. The Bulldogs then went on to dominate Canisius in the third period as they added three additional goals. Freshmen Travis Ouellette and Kyle Bonis each scored their first collegiate goals and senior Aaron Lewicki tacked on the fifth and final goal with 1:13 left in the game.

Three of the four freshmen scored their first career goals on Friday. Junior goalie Pat Nagle said he is glad they fit in so well with the team.

Photo By: Kristyn Sonnenberg | Photo EditorOn the Move: Sophomore Jordie Johnston (#11) goes for the goal.

“It’s nice to see them contributing right off the bat,” said Nagle, “A lot of times in college programs guys take a couple years until they get the opportunity and sure enough they got it on the first night.”

Sophomore Taylor Nelson had a solid outing with 23 saves on the night, 11 coming in the first period. Nelson tallied a save percentage of .958 in the game.

Canisius was able to shut out the Bulldogs on Saturday, 1–0. Ferris outshot the griffins 48–21, but could not score on sophomore goalie Dan Morrison.
“We got a ton of pucks to the net and had a lot of offense, but just couldn’t quite finish,” said Nagle.

The teams combined for a whopping 131 minutes of penalty time, with Ferris picking up 72 of those minutes. Neither team was able to cash in on the power play as Canisius went 0–6 and Ferris went 0–7. The Bulldogs went a combined 1 for 10 on the power play over the weekend, but Nagle said the team has not had a chance to practice it much yet this season.

Canisius scored the lone goal in the game 37 seconds into the third period to break a 0–0 tie. Nagle stopped 20 of 21 shots on net, but still took the loss.

The Bulldogs host the University of Connecticut Huskies on Oct. 16 and 17 in their first home series this season. Connecticut is 1–0 this season as they dominated their first game by a score of 7–2. Nagle said he is hopeful that the team can put together a few non-conference wins.
“Hopefully we can put it all together once we get a couple games under our belt,” said Nagle.