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Trust Falling

The ups and downs of conquering your fears

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

This year was a mile­stone in terms of my per­sonal goals.

Throughout high school I was active in the the­ater pro­gram, but only ever work­ing back­stage. Due to a lack of con­fi­dence, I decided never to audi­tion out of fear of rejec­tion, or worse-actually mak­ing it in and hav­ing to go on stage. But, at my core I am noth­ing if not des­per­ate for atten­tion. I was con­vinced to audi­tion for Ferris’ pro­duc­tion of “Ajax in Iraq” and, to my dis­be­lief, actu­ally got a part. (more…)


Drag Ain’t a Drag

Last year’s drag show winner talks about what drag means to him

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

One of the sta­ples of the Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance’s spring Pride Week is the drag show, which allows stu­dents to com­pete among pro­fes­sional drag artists.

As the end to the spring Pride Week, DSAGA’s annual drag show is meant to end the week with a cel­e­bra­tion of gay culture.

Tim Mulligan, the win­ner of the “Miss Hot Crimson” award for best drag per­for­mance at last year’s show, said what he liked best about per­form­ing was that it gave him the chance to become another per­son for one night. (more…)


Turn Up the Good

Concert seeks to introduce students to smaller, local acts

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

As music indus­try stu­dents pre­pare for Turn Up the Good, they aren’t feel­ing too much pressure.

“If it’s down to the wire and it feels like crunch time, that’s usu­ally a bad sign,” said Dan Cronk, the coor­di­na­tor for the music indus­try man­age­ment pro­gram. “We don’t have that feel­ing, so I’d say it’s going as well as it should.” (more…)


WISE to the Rescue

Local support system helps people in need

by Published: Mar 26, 2014

If you ever find your­self in harm’s way, there’s a place in Big Rapids where you can find help.

Women’s Information Services, Inc. (WISE) exists to help those who find them­selves fac­ing dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions related to domes­tic abuse and sex­ual assault.

Ferris alumna and exec­u­tive direc­tor of Women’s Information Services Kelly Samuels prefers to call it by its acronym, “WISE.” (more…)


Know-It-All Syndrome

Why you should fact-check yourself before you wreck yourself

by Published: Mar 19, 2014

To begin her cam­paign for the pres­i­dency of the United States, Minnesota rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michelle Bachmann announced her can­di­dacy in Waterloo, Iowa.

Apparently, Bachmann chose Iowa because it is the “John Wayne state,” sup­pos­edly the home to the famous actor and American icon who Bachmann felt rep­re­sent the “American Spirit.” However, a bit of fact-checking would have told Mrs. Bachmann that Waterloo, Iowa was not the birth­place of John Wayne the actor, but of John Wayne Gacy, an infa­mous ser­ial killer who decid­edly does not show­case the proper “American Spirit.” (more…)


Women in a Man’s World

Women in Technology brings women into male-dominated career field

by Published: Feb 26, 2014

The world of con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy is seen mostly as a world dom­i­nated by men. Freshman Anastasia Phillips and rest of the women of cam­pus RSO Women in Technology are look­ing to change that.

“Being women in an engi­neer­ing major, we are usu­ally the minor­ity,” said Phillips, a fresh­man study­ing CAD draft­ing and tool design. “It’s nice to know you’re not alone in your field. That’s why I’m in Women in Technology.”

Women in Technology’s long-term goal is to increase female enroll­ment in the College of Engineering Technology by cre­at­ing an atmos­phere that encour­ages female lead­er­ship and par­tic­i­pa­tion in typ­i­cally male-led career fields. (more…)

Dawg Dish Big Rapids Hot Dog

Order Up

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Imagine the most absurd yet deca­dent hot dog you can. What’s on it? Apples? Bacon? Both? That hot dog is avail­able at The Dog Dish.

The Dog Dish, which opened late in 2013, serves up a slate of uncon­ven­tional hot dogs. The young busi­ness takes hot dogs beyond the usual com­bi­na­tion of ketchup and mus­tard and offers hot dogs topped with potato chips, BBQ sauce, bacon, mac­a­roni and cheese, and roasted slices of Fuji apples.

“I got the ’Johnny Appleseed’ and the ‘Oink and Cheese’,” said foren­sic chem­istry senior Cassie Halt. “The ‘Oink and Cheese’ is my cur­rent favorite. I’m really par­tial to their chili dogs, too.”

Ryan Erb, one of three employ­ees at The Dog Dish said when it comes to all cus­tomers, there is no clear cut crowd favorite. (more…)


Calm After the Storm

by Published: Feb 12, 2014

The recent shoot­ing has, under­stand­ably, left an impres­sion on many Ferris stu­dents who now are left to won­der “is Ferris safe?” and “when will it hap­pen next?” among other ques­tions. So let me be the first to say this: don’t worry about it.

The Venlo shoot­ing was sim­ply this: the result of one fool who treated a deadly weapon like a toy. It was not a planned attack and it should not be assumed any­thing like it will hap­pen in the Big Rapids area again for a long time, far past the time when any­body on cam­pus today will have long since grad­u­ated. (more…)

FSU Torch Modern Love

The Girl’s Holiday

by Published: Feb 12, 2014

Some regard Valentine’s Day as the “girl’s hol­i­day” in which men are expected to get some­thing for the lady in their life, but for same-sex female cou­ple Keyana Bruce and Nukea Watson, it’s a two way street.

“I feel like it’s a hol­i­day for the more femme girls, which would be her,” Watson said. “I don’t expect her to get me anything.”

Watson is a first year trans­fer stu­dent in the crim­i­nal jus­tice pro­gram and the self-described “stud” of the cou­ple, mean­ing the more mas­cu­line one. The term “femme” describes a les­bian with more fem­i­nine qual­i­ties. (more…)


Why Can’t We Be Comrades?

Olympics should not be a stage for agendas

by Published: Feb 5, 2014

When the International Olympic Committee declared Russia would host the 2014 Olympic Games, the country’s gov­ern­ment hadn’t yet passed their cur­rent series of dis­crim­i­na­tory laws against gay citizens.

Now that Russia has, and the games are still set to take place in Sochi, many mem­bers of the LGBT com­mu­nity are skep­ti­cal of the deci­sion, espe­cially because it’s been made clear that Russia is deter­mined to enforce the legislation.

Yes, this is a sad sit­u­a­tion. Russia and coun­tries like it are far behind the times, and once new gov­ern­ment takes over, the sit­u­a­tion will prob­a­bly calm down sig­nif­i­cantly. (more…)