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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…)