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Changes at FLITE Raise Student Concern

Big Rapids Community Library moving in

by Published: Apr 24, 2013

In With the New (Temporarily): Torch File Photo

The problem, as always, is parking.

The Big Rapids Community Library renovation project is slated to begin this summer, bringing some changes to FLITE and parking. The $860,000 renovation will improve the weight limitations of a building that was designed to be an elementary school, not a library.

“All of our bookshelves are along the outside walls because our floors are not rated to hold the weight of book stacks, so a lot of the space we have in the library is not usable,” Miriam Andrus, the library interim director, said. (more…)

 
 
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Accomplishing an Art Form

by Published: Apr 17, 2013

Beauty In Design: Students of Ferris’ architecture program showcase their designs focusing on the artistic merits of their field. The display is hosted in the Rankin Art Gallery through April 26. Photos By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

The Rankin Center is hosting The Art of Architecture, an exhibit featuring the developing skills of Ferris architectural students.

The exhibit came from the mind of Paul Long, an assistant professor within the School of Built Environment. The exhibit centers around a senior design project called Small Town Studio, which challenges students with the task of rethinking and redesigning portions of Big Rapids. (more…)

 
 

Design Student Stands Out

An atypical fit

by Published: Apr 10, 2013

Adam Castanier has defied the odds.

Ask any graphic design major about their program, and they’ll tell you they’re not in it because it’s fun. They use words like “hard work” and “all-nighters” or, as Castanier put it, “long hours.”

“Graphic design and I have a love-hate relationship,” Castanier said. “ It’s nice to be able to work creatively like that, [but] you also get burned out really quick. A lot of people drop out or just can’t hack it. It’s a lot of hard work and long hours. But if you love it, you kind of stick with it. I can’t see myself quitting it.” (more…)

 
 

New Horizons

From a small town to a big world

by Published: Apr 3, 2013

Jeff Gibson has seen the world—or at least a good chunk of it.

Gibson doesn’t seem to be the world traveling type. Walking into the coffee shop, he is hard to notice because he doesn’t stand out in his jeans and Ferris hoodie. At first glance, one might pass him off for any other unassuming Ferris student mulling about campus. He blends in with the 30 other students in Biggby bent over computers and books.

But he is kind and approachable, typical of the small town of Decatur he was raised in. (more…)

 
 

Natalie’s Old Friend

PR student finds outlet in drawing

by Published: Mar 20, 2013

As humans, we need art—it is a release, an escape.

This is why Natalie Bycraft draws and paints. She isn’t looking for fame or money; it’s just something she loves to do. As a freshman in the public relations program, she joined the Imagine More Art Association (IMAA) and found an outlet for relaxation.

“I heard this story from someone. He loved working on cars, and then he became a mechanic. He had to do it all of the time, and he got sick of it. I don’t want that to happen with my art. [If I] keep it as hobby, I won’t have to lose the hobby that I’ve known forever,” Bycraft said. (more…)

 
 
State of Mind: Paul Kwant had his goal of making it big in the music industry, but life took him somewhere else. He remains content with how everything unfolded. Courtesy Photo by Paul Kwant

The Truth About “Making It”

Ferris admissions officer redefines success

by Published: Mar 6, 2013

State of Mind: Paul Kwant had his goal of making it big in the music industry, but life took him somewhere else. He remains content with how everything unfolded. Courtesy Photo by Paul Kwant

If you watched Mumford and Sons play at the Grammys, you witnessed a miracle.

“When we released ‘Sigh No More,’ our manager said, ‘We’re probably gonna sell about 150,000 records,’” Marcus Mumford said in a recent Rolling Stone article.

But they made it–the long shots, the underdogs, the dreamers. (more…)

 
 
The Food Dude: Kevin Roberts speaks to an audience in the Williams Auditorium about college food. Covering all aspects from breakfast to late night snacks, “The Food Dude” shared his culinary knowledge. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

The Food Dude

Kevin Roberts teaches nutrition with hot sauce

by Published: Feb 27, 2013

The Food Dude: Kevin Roberts speaks to an audience in the Williams Auditorium about college food. Covering all aspects from breakfast to late night snacks, “The Food Dude” shared his culinary knowledge. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

Entertainment Unlimited (EU) hosted Kevin Roberts, “The Food Dude,” as he entertained and educated Ferris State University students Friday night with hot sauce and mayo hate.

Roberts kicked off the night with a simple statement: “I hate mayo.”

He gave away T-shirts printed with the phrase to various students throughout the night in addition to bottles of hot sauce and food he made on stage. (more…)

 
 

Above Board

Student group focuses on building community through sport

by Published: Feb 20, 2013

Scott Barger Jr. has ambitions.

At 20 years of age, he walks ahead of his peers by leaps and bounds as a senior in the business administration program at Ferris, but his heart lies beyond his classwork with a registered student organization (RSO) called Shred. He is the president.

Urban Dictionary definitions for the term “shred” are varied and, at times, just plain silly. However, the general Internet consensus associates the word with board sport: Surfing, snowboarding, longboarding and the like. Essentially, a person who “shreds” can surf, snowboard or longboard with exceptional skill. (more…)

 
 

The Everything Artist

Ferris senior shapes his life with art

by Published: Feb 13, 2013

Brandon Schnotala does what he wants.

He loves art, so that’s what he pursues. Before college, he didn’t weigh the pros and cons between career options or how much he might earn. Schnotala knew what he wanted to do and nothing else mattered.

His chief rule is there are no rules, eclecticism at its finest. He might not say as much, but looking through his portfolio, he covers the bases from hand drawn abstracts to Shakespearean poetry and rap lyrics. (more…)

 
 
Chad Daniels: Comedian Chad Daniels gestures toward the crowd in the Rankin Center Dome Room. His comedy routine about parenting was well-recieved by the student audience. Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Keyword: Inappropriate

by Published: Feb 6, 2013

Chad Daniels: Comedian Chad Daniels gestures toward the crowd in the Rankin Center Dome Room. His comedy routine about parenting was well-recieved by the student audience. Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

When Entertainment Unlimited brought comedian Chad Daniels to the Rankin Center Dome Room on Thursday, I have to admit I was skeptical.

First, I cheated. I knew I had to cover this event, so I went to Daniels’ website and read up on the guy. Then I went to YouTube and watched a few minutes of his shtick to see if it would be worth my time.

I wasn’t impressed. (more…)