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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…)

 
 

Student Stabbed in Brophy

Suspect faces felony assault charges, used 2- to 3-inch blade

by Published: Feb 25, 2014

Ezekial Fulgencio
Stabbing sus­pect

The sus­pect in the Ferris res­i­dence hall stab­bing was arraigned Monday, Feb. 24, at Mecosta County’s 77th District Court on two felony assault charges.

Ferris stu­dent Ezekial Guillermo Fulgencio, 19, was taken into cus­tody at approx­i­mately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, for allegedly stab­bing Ferris stu­dent Joseph Guertier, 20, between the hours of 2 and 3 a.m. ear­lier that day in Brophy Hall.

The inci­dent occurred inside Fulgencio’s room, Brophy 131. (more…)

 
 

Stabbing Suspect Arraigned on Felony Assault Charges

by Published: Feb 24, 2014

The sus­pect in the Ferris res­i­dence hall stab­bing was arraigned Monday, Feb. 24, at Mecosta County’s 77th District Court on two felony assault charges.

Ferris stu­dent Ezekial Guillermo Fulgencio, 19, was taken into cus­tody at approx­i­mately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, for allegedly stab­bing Ferris stu­dent Joseph Guertier between the hours of 2 and 3 a.m. ear­lier that day in Brophy Hall.

Court doc­u­ments list Fulgencio’s address as his Brophy Hall room. Gueriter also lives in Brophy Hall, and accord­ing to police, the two stu­dents are acquaintances.

Fulgencio is charged with assault with intent to do great bod­ily harm less than mur­der, which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of 10 years in prison. He is also charged with assault with a dan­ger­ous weapon, which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of 4 years in prison.

Fulgencio is lodged in the Mecosta County Jail on $100,000 bond.