Archive for 2011

Dunked for a Cause: Student Ambassador Nicholas Campau particpated in the dunk tank which helped to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Participants raised an estimated $113 for the organization. Photos By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Dunked for a Good Cause

FSU students, staff and faculty raise money for the American Red Cross

by Published: Oct 1, 2011

On Sept. 23–24, Ferris State University students, staff and faculty members were dunked in North Quad.

Student Ambassador Nicholas Campau, as well as Resident Advisor Byron Williams were among the participants who sat atop dunk tanks to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The annual student and faculty dunk tank event reportedly raised over an estimated $113 for the emergency response organization. (more…)


Enough With Funding Slashes

Congress’ cuts to higher education are making it tougher to afford college

by Published: Oct 1, 2011

Recently, Congress voted to reduce funding for the Pell Grant by several billion dollars, which means college students will no longer be able to receive the grant for the summer 2012 semester.

This decision has adversely affected my plans to take summer classes, and I’m sure it has done the same for many other Ferris students who relied on the Pell Grant as their main source of funding for the summer semester.

Two weeks ago I received an email from the financial aid office telling me that Congress had eliminated the Pell Grant for the summer semester in order to keep it funded at the current rate of $5,550, which is $2,775 for the fall and spring semester. (more…)


Painted Pink

by Published: Oct 1, 2011

On Oct. 1, Ferris State University will use 2,500 pink discs to set a new world record.

More importantly, both the university and local community will be making a difference in the lives of millions of people who have been affected by cancer.

Paint Big Rapids Pink is a community event allowing students to donate time and money to the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center. (more…)


Partial Power Outage (With Update)

by Published: Sep 30, 2011

Update: Power will be shut off at 2pm until 5pm and as result, all classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the day.

Half of the campus has been without power since the early morning hours and crews from Consumer’s Energy are working on getting it restored.

A broken switch leg on the power lines that feeds the campus’ main power is the source of the outage, according to a campus wide message from the physical plant.


Torch Movie Review 09.28.11


by Published: Sep 30, 2011

Mom always told you to wash your hands. Around a college campus where everyone lives in close quarters, that’s probably not a bad idea. But if her warning isn’t enough to scare you, maybe “Contagion” is. This movie will have you constantly applying hand sanitizer and covering your cough.

The movie begins with business woman Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returning from Hong Kong. Home in the U.S., she begins to develop a set of eerie flu-like symptoms. Within a couple days, she’s dead without a diagnosis. (more…)


Teaching Methods Re-Examined

What approach encourages you to learn the most?

by Published: Sep 30, 2011

Why do some teachers feel the need to be referred to as doctor or professor?

We all understand that every educator is different; however, thoughts about the learning experience and teachers around campus differentiate between each student. Some enjoy the very warm and inviting professors who have personal attachments to students and others may learn best by a strict business approach to a class and to learning the material. This begs to answer a big question: What type of teaching by an educator is the most efficient? (more…)


Torch Review 09.28.11

by Published: Sep 30, 2011

The Outer Vibe– Demo CD

The Outer Vibe is a band hailing from Grand Rapids that aims to make a room shake and shimmy. Their quasi-ska style mixed with a hint of punk-pop allows them to make just about anything a happy tune. They’ve played numerous venues in Michigan, and currently have two albums out. The demo CD sent to The Torch was full of well put together and talent-filled songs. The depth of the lyrics was lacking, but for the genre it is appropriate. Most of the guitar solos failed to impress me as anything complicated, but the horn solos were well accomplished and mixed well with the overall composition. After about five songs the lead vocalist began to sound a bit whiney and monotonous. More variety in vocal styling would have been appreciated. All around the CD sent to The Torch was impressive, and thoroughly enjoyable. If a party is starting to drag, put on The Outer Vibe and you’re sure to get it going again. (more…)


Female Fight and Crazy Drivers

A round-up of this week’s crime across the FSU campus

by Published: Sep 30, 2011

Breaking and entering

Sept. 9 at 12:30 a.m., officers assisted the city police in the area of Michigan Avenue and Chesnut Street for breaking and entering. A subject was found running from the scene and the officer found the subject near Subway. The subject was lodged in county jail. (more…)

Beating the Lakers: FSU senior Melissa Flowers lines up to return a ball during the Michigan Tech contest. Flowers played an important role in helping the Bulldogs defeat Lake Superior 5-4 on Sept. 22. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photo Editor

Lobbing Past the Lakers

FSU falls to Northwood, bounces by two teams in redemption

by Published: Sep 30, 2011

Beating the Lakers: FSU senior Melissa Flowers lines up to return a ball during the Michigan Tech contest. Flowers played an important role in helping the Bulldogs defeat Lake Superior 5–4 on Sept. 22. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photo Editor

After a tough loss to one of Ferris State University’s biggest tennis rivals, Northwood University, the Bulldogs redeemed themselves over the weekend.

Though the Bulldogs dropped a 9–0 loss at Northwood University Sept. 20, they still remain in the top five of the Great Lakers Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“After the tough defeat to Northwood, we have become re-energized and more focused, and I believe the effort we are currently putting into our practices will pay off with a few more big wins before the end of our season,” FSU head coach Alex Palladino said. (more…)


Sport Shorts 09.28.11

by Published: Sep 29, 2011

New PGM coordinator named

Following Matt Pinter’s retirement this month, the College of Business recently announced his replacement. Aaron Waltz has been named the new Professional Golf Management Coordinator. The premier PGA program at FSU was the first of its kind sanctioned by the Professional Golf Association of America in 1975.