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Save the Date

Guide to important dates of the fall semester

by Published: Jul 8, 2013

So, you’ve decided to go to Ferris, or maybe you’re just returning after a great summer break.

You registered for classes. Now, after you start to look at them, you have some questions about what you can do, should you absolutely hate one of them.

There are some dates to keep in mind, especially for freshmen who may have never had the problem of add/drop or class switching that can come along with college. In high school, you could just waltz into the guidance counselor’s office and ask them to move you from one class to another, easy as pie. Not so in college. (more…)


Rate My Professor

Bad professor or lazy student?

by Published: Jun 29, 2013

Rate My Professor is a gem for the affluent Internet folk.

Throughout its tenure as a web page, it has allowed students to give honest and sometimes brutal feedback about the teachers at a particular school. No doubt, many of the readers have either participated or at least checked on the ratings of one or more professors. With 1.7 million rated professors and 938 from Ferris State, the overall site is very thorough in its completeness.

However, with great ratings come great problems. It has been my honest and genuine experience that the higher the professor is rated, the lazier the students are. (more…)


Protecting Yourself on Campus

What you need to know about defending yourself while at college

by Published: Jun 15, 2013

What do you do if you feel unsafe?

The first thing to do is to be aware of your surroundings. Keep your ears perked and your eyes open. When you feel unsafe, or if you feel like you are being watched or followed, call Ferris Department of Public Safety at ext. 2000 and request an escort.

DPS will escort students on campus between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. (more…)


So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Don’t panic and always know where your towel is

by Published: Apr 24, 2013

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” tells us that man assumes he is the most intelligent being on the planet because he has built and achieved so much, whilst dolphins did little more than frolic in the oceans enjoying life.

Dolphins, however, tend to think the exact opposite of humans for the same reasons.

Much like the dolphins in “The Guide,” I will be leaving Ferris and all of you fine students and faculty members behind. This will be my last opinion column in the Ferris State Torch. (more…)


Gosnell’s Atrocity

A pro-choice view of the situation

by Published: Apr 19, 2013

I will begin this simply. There is no excuse for the actions that took place in Doctor (if you can even call him that) Gosnell’s “Women’s Medical Society.” The heinous acts of murder, negligence and greed will offend anyone and prove to show that this problem is not about abortion, it is about the lackadaisical functioning and oversight of a bureaucracy run amok.

While pro-lifers will use this incident as a rallying cry to garner support for their cause, the true underpinnings of the crimes that occurred on 3801 Lancaster Street in Philadelphia will be soon forgotten due to the political turmoil surrounding abortion in the United States. We need to set aside the differences in this case and look directly at the cause, not the outcome. (more…)


Career Pirate

Finding a job after graduation

by Published: Apr 17, 2013

Let’s think back to the beginning of the semester.

Play back the memories you had either as an incoming freshman or outgoing senior. A very different mindset now exists for both of these classes of people. Game on! If you are a senior and graduating, this is the most exciting time of your life. You could care less about the problems around you and only that winning a diploma is finally in sight.

Can you believe your college career is almost over? Read between the lines—that means you now have to enter the real world. This quandary of job searching for many is a strenuous task, only exacerbated by the dreaded unpaid internship. Comment on the lack of pay to a potential employer and you might as well fill out your welfare paperwork now. (more…)


Apathy U

Home of the fighting “Whatevers”

by Published: Mar 20, 2013

This will be the third opinion article about this topic, which generally proves to show that if it gets no response, it’s not something our readers care about.

So, why, out of all of the other things happening on campus and in the world, would I beat a dead horse and have a third article about apathy published?

Probably because it’s about apathy and the lack of response just shows how accurate I have been in the past publishing articles about the lack of support and carelessness exhibited by Ferris students and, to an extent, faculty and staff. We need to care. (more…)


Words @ War: Battle of the Hipsters

Poor excuse to pretend to be poor

by Published: Mar 6, 2013

It’s 1992. I’m in kindergarten, being teased mercilessly for my over-sized, falling off my nose, gaudy pink glasses that make my eyes look like saucers and put the kid from “Simon Birch” to shame.

Those glasses were a part of me; they were my identity until I was in middle school when my family finally had the money and insurance to get me a pair of wire-frame glasses and eventually contacts. (more…)


Board of Trustees Kills FFA Proposal

Right to Work law enforced by Ferris

by Published: Mar 6, 2013

Friday held a decision that was not welcomed by the Ferris Faculty Association (FFA), as the Board of Trustees shot down a proposal that would extend their contracts for another five years and circumvent the new Right to Work that was recently passed in a lame-duck session in the Michigan congress.

In a memorandum from Ferris President David Eisler, he states that the FFA and the Board of Trustees have been in negotiations since December of last year. The polarizing political atmosphere lead to the eventual disintegration of the bargaining all together due to pressure put on the university at the state level by congress threatening to cut funding to universities that ratified contracts that would delay Right to Work effects. (more…)

Zerbe on Cummings: Actor Anthony Zerbe performs his rendition of several poems by E.E. Cummings in the Williams Auditorium. Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Unbeing Dead Isn’t Being Alive

Mirrors, Anthony Zerbe and E.E. Cummings

by Published: Feb 20, 2013

Zerbe on Cummings: Actor Anthony Zerbe performs his rendition of several poems by E.E. Cummings in the Williams Auditorium. Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Anthony Zerbe is an award-winning multi-faceted actor who came to Big Rapids to present an acted rendition of a compilation of poems written by E.E. Cummings.

To fully understand Zerbe’s performance, an understanding of E.E. Cummings is necessary as well.

Cummings was a remarkable poet of the 21st century with most of his works written within the traditional bounds of poetry with several modern twists, such as lower-case letters, all capital letters and frequent use of parentheses to denote and highlight thought. Cummings used grammar along with language to capitulate the reader into his world where the purpose was “being” instead of trying to be something. (more…)