Archive for 2010


Healing the Wounds

Human rights activist Naomi Tutu spoke to Ferris about injustice

by Published: Mar 8, 2010

Nontombi Naomi Tutu has been speak­ing out on mat­ters of injus­tice for more than thirty years.

The Globalization Initiative and Office of Diversity Inclusion brought Tutu to speak at Ferris’ Williams Auditorium on Tuesday, March 2.

Tutu, an activist for human rights, grew up dur­ing apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid was a sys­tem of legal seg­re­ga­tion enforced by the National Party gov­ern­ment in South Africa between 1948 and 1994. White res­i­dents deter­mined the rights of black res­i­dents dur­ing this period.

Being the daugh­ter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nomalizo Leah Tutu, Tutu said her par­ents were for­tu­nate enough to send her to another coun­try. She has lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Tutu has been speak­ing at col­lege cam­puses about apartheid South Africa since the 1970s.

“I was raised in the sys­tem and peo­ple needed to know what was going on,” said Tutu.

The oppor­tu­nity to travel was what pushed Tutu to speak out on the effects of racism and seg­re­ga­tion, dur­ing apartheid and through­out the rest of the world.

Tutu said many “daily kinds of indig­ni­ties” took place in the sys­tem. She said she was not allowed to be free in her own country.

“We didn’t have free­dom of move­ment,” said Tutu. She said blacks had no access to beaches, as they were reserved for whites. Education sys­tems were seg­re­gated as well.

She said that she would reg­is­ter at the police sta­tion in order to see her grandparents.

“You had a pass­port telling you where could go and where you could be,” she said.

Tutu uses the South African model of “Truth and Reconciliation” to speak of South Africa try­ing to heal after the apartheid. Truth and Reconciliation is the model of sit­ting down and hear­ing one another, said Tutu. She said it was specif­i­cally a South African model, but it’s an idea to be used in other countries.



Oilers Drop Bulldogs in Semifinal

Ferris ends season with loss to defending national champions, Keenan named GLIAC player of the year

by Published: Mar 6, 2010

The Bulldogs’ Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament run ended on March 5 with an 82–69 defeat at the hands of the Findlay Oilers.

Ferris trailed Findlay by nine points at the half, despite shoot­ing 60 per­cent from three-point range. The Bulldogs were down 53–41 with 13:21 left in the game, but trimmed the deficit to four points with less than seven min­utes to play. (more…)


BREAKING NEWS: Ferris Students Charged in Burglary

by Published: Mar 3, 2010

Two Ferris stu­dents have been charged with bur­glary for an inci­dent that occurred on Feb. 14 at a house in Mecosta Township.

Tyler Eggleston, 19, of Howard City, and Justin Chabeneau, 20, of Saint Clair Shores, were arraigned in the 77th District Court. They are cur­rently being held in the Mecosta County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

A flat-panel T.V. is among the items that were taken from the home.

The Mecosta County Sherriff’s Office and FSU Department of Public Safety worked together in response to this incident.

More infor­ma­tion will be posted as it becomes available.


Featured Photos for 03/03/2010

Published: Mar 3, 2010

Torch Photos 03/03/2010

Published: Mar 3, 2010
Getting the Boot: A vehicle sits trapped in the parking lot near the Music Building after recieving a number of tickets, a boot, and a notice reading: “WARNING: DO NOT MOVE THIS VEHICLE.” Students’ concerns about the parking situation on campus are heightened during these winter months when the lines defining parking spots are covered in snow. Photo By: Kristyn Sonnenberg | Photo Editor

Parking Problems

Ferris students search for answers to recurring issues as parking policy changes

by Published: Mar 3, 2010

Getting the Boot: A vehi­cle sits trapped in the park­ing lot near the Music Building after reciev­ing a num­ber of tick­ets, a boot, and a notice read­ing: “WARNING: DO NOT MOVE THIS VEHICLE.” Students’ con­cerns about the park­ing sit­u­a­tion on cam­pus are height­ened dur­ing these win­ter months when the lines defin­ing park­ing spots are cov­ered in snow. Photo By: Kristyn Sonnenberg | Photo Editor

As the uni­ver­sity con­tin­ues to make changes to its lot pro­ce­dures, many stu­dents are still find­ing it dif­fi­cult to avoid park­ing vio­la­tions.
Throughout cam­pus, stu­dents leav­ing classes are return­ing to find a bright yel­low enve­lope with a ticket tucked beneath the wiper blade on their car and secured in a wheel boot.

With ticket totals this semes­ter at approx­i­mately $58,775, stu­dents like sopho­more in pub­lic rela­tions Rebecca Berlin see fur­ther need in improv­ing the university’s park­ing pro­ce­dures. Berlin is one of many stu­dents on cam­pus who has felt dis­con­tent toward uni­ver­sity park­ing. (more…)

Topping It Off: Senior Blair Riley prepares for a shot against Western Michigan during Friday’s home game. This Saturday marked the end of the team’s regular season as they head into the first-round Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photographer

There’s No Place Like Home

Bulldogs clinch first-round bye, home ice for second-round series in CCHA playoffs

by Published: Mar 3, 2010

Topping It Off: Senior Blair Riley pre­pares for a shot against Western Michigan dur­ing Friday’s home game. This Saturday marked the end of the team’s reg­u­lar sea­son as they head into the first-round Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photographer

The Bulldogs clinched a first-round bye in the CCHA play­offs, cap­ping off the best reg­u­lar sea­son in seven years.

After a week­end series against Western Michigan that saw the teams face-off in two straight shootouts after reg­u­la­tion, the Bulldogs have secured a third-place fin­ish in the CCHA while also lock­ing down home ice for the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the CCHA play­offs. (more…)

In the Field: Music industry management students Renee Urbanc and Jaimee Mackey are spending spring semester in Nashville interning for CMT. While the experience is challenging, they’re finding it to be a lot of fun. Photo Courtesy of Renee Urbanc

Nashville Came Knocking

Two Ferris music industry management students get a little bit country, experience on internship

by Published: Mar 3, 2010

In the Field: Music indus­try man­age­ment stu­dents Renee Urbanc and Jaimee Mackey are spend­ing spring semes­ter in Nashville intern­ing for CMT. While the expe­ri­ence is chal­leng­ing, they’re find­ing it to be a lot of fun. Photo Courtesy of Renee Urbanc

Renee Urbanc and Jaimee Mackey are intern­ing at a place where they don’t do any work.

Both Urbanc and Mackey applied for intern­ships at CMT in Nashville, for the spring 2010 semes­ter, and both received posi­tions. Urbanc works in the Music Strategy Department and Mackey works in the Production Management Department.

The rea­son nei­ther of these two does any work is because they don’t look at this intern­ship as work, they look at it as some­thing they love. It’s an unpaid intern­ship, but they don’t mind. (more…)


Griffin vs. Palin

Sarah Palin’s lashing out on Family Guy proves she needs to pony up and quit pouting when portrayed negatively in the public eye

by Published: Mar 3, 2010

The FOX ani­mated sit­com “Family Guy” knows how to push the but­tons of pub­lic figures.

During the Feb. 14 episode, the char­ac­ter Chris had a crush on a girl named Ellen with Down syn­drome and went out on a date with her. When he asked her about her par­ents’ jobs, she said, “My dad’s an accoun­tant and my mom’s the for­mer gov­er­nor of Alaska.”

That state­ment was meant to be a jab at 2008 vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and, yes, for­mer gov­er­nor of Alaska Sarah Palin. Palin did not take the “joke” very well. Palin’s one-year-old son Trig has Down syn­drome. (more…)

Grand Slam: Senior Rhea Flores, pitcher for the softball team, keeps her eyes on the ball at a recent game. Flores pitched a four hitter against West Georgia leading to a 4-3 victory. Photo courtesy of Ferris State Athletics

On the Road Again

Bulldogs to play seven double-headers in eight days

by Published: Mar 3, 2010

Grand Slam: Senior Rhea Flores, pitcher for the soft­ball team, keeps her eyes on the ball at a recent game. Flores pitched a four hit­ter against West Georgia lead­ing to a 4–3 vic­tory. Photo cour­tesy of Ferris State Athletics

The Bulldogs will travel to Kissimmee, Fla. to com­pete in the Florida Rebel Spring Tournament over spring break.

Ferris has their work cut out for them as the team will play 14 games in eight days against some stiff com­pe­ti­tion, includ­ing California University (Pa.), which is ranked ninth in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll. (more…)