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Peace Out, Ferris

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Wow, I can’t believe this is the last time I will be addressing you as Editor-in-chief of the Torch.

It seems like just yesterday I sat behind this desk for the first time. Now, we must say goodbye. (more…)


Web Buzz

by Published: Apr 23, 2014

I’m proud to say the Torch website has seen a significant increase in traffic this year.

More people have been visiting our website, and consequently, more people have elected to leave comments on various stories.

Now, 99 percent of the time, we have no idea what articles or columns will generate reader feedback. For example, I anticipated the world imploding after we published the sex toys story back in February, but we only received one letter to the editor (and it was positive!). On the other hand, the Torch has run simple, noncontroversial news stories over which people have gone crazy. (more…)


Worth It

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

I can’t decide if writing this editorial each week is becoming increasingly difficult because A) I have nothing left to say or B) I have too much left to say.

Either way, my time as Editor-in-Chief of the Torch is coming to a close. Across the newsroom, things are shifting as some people begin to step into their new roles while others prepare to make their exits. (more…)


Proud Alumna

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

Everybody is a champion for free speech until someone says something they don’t like (or burns a flag).

Exhibit A: My high school newspaper’s “controversial” columns on the pros and cons of friends with benefits.

The Wind-Up, St. Joseph High School’s student newspaper, will always have a special place in my heart. It’s where I got my start in journalism. Even as a high schooler (who by nature appreciated very little), I was grateful for an outlet to express myself. (more…)


Be Positive

by Published: Mar 26, 2014

It’s so easy to be negative. Sometimes it can even be fun.

With the mounting stresses of senior year and upcoming graduation, I found myself spending an unhealthy amount of time complaining about my life to anyone who would listen. School, work, the future—nothing was the way I wanted it. (more…)


Keep Shining

by Published: Mar 19, 2014

Is an open and honest government too much to ask for? The journalists behind Sunshine Week don’t think so.

Guided by the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week is a national initiative to educate the public and promote dialogue about the importance of open government, the dangers of excessive secrecy and the significance of freedom of information.

Each year, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools, newspapers and broadcast outlets are among those celebrating Sunshine Week. This year, Sunshine Week is set for March 16–22. (more…)


Stabbing Victim Arrested

Ferris student provided police with false information

by Published: Mar 5, 2014

The Ferris student who was stabbed in his residence hall Sunday, Feb. 23, now faces felony charges of his own for providing false information about the incident, according to police.

Joseph Gabriel Guertler, 20, was arraigned Thursday, Feb. 27, at Mecosta County’s 77th District Court on one count obstruction of justice, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He is also charged with one count of falsely reporting a felony, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

Guertler provided false information about the location of the stabbing as well as a false description of an unidentified suspect, according to court documents. (more…)


Right Time

by Published: Mar 5, 2014

It happened again.

Yep, yet another person asked me what I’m doing after graduation. When I responded, yet another person was surprised I wouldn’t immediately be taking my place behind a desk after tossing my cap into the air.

You see, I like to think these past four years of nonstop school, softball and work have earned me some downtime. I’d like the opportunity to do something for me, just because I really want to do it. (more…)


Turning Up in the Real World

Financial situation provides realistic event planning for MIMA students

by Published: Feb 26, 2014

Ferris music industry management senior Brian Cross is gaining “real world experience” as he helps plan for this year’s Turn Up the Good (TUG) concert in light of financial instability.

“We may have hardships along the way,” Cross said, “but as far as getting us ready for our futures in the music industry, I don’t know a better way to teach us than what we are doing right now.” (more…)


Unusual News

by Published: Feb 26, 2014

With so many things going on around campus, you might ask how the Torch decides on its content every week. What exactly makes a story newsworthy?

Many factors contribute to a story’s newsworthiness, including timing, significance, proximity, prominence and human interest.

Along these same lines, the Torch staff likes to say: if it’s unusual, it’s news. (more…)