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 can​cer​.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.