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What Kind of Roommate Do You Have?

A guide to dealing with every type of roommate

by Published: Jun 24, 2013

As if coming to college away from home is not scary enough, you’ll be living with a complete stranger. Don’t worry; it’s something everyone goes through. To make matters a little easier, here’s a guide that will explain how to deal with your future roommate. Good luck and happy living! (more…)

 
 
Delicious Treats: Founder Nawal Braden-Swart poses at the storefront of Nawal’s Mediterranean Eatery. The locale offers daily lunch and dinner options as well as cupcakes and other treats. Photo By: Tori Thomas| Photographer

A Taste of Something Different

Mediterranean eatery and gourmet cupcake bakery opens in downtown Big Rapids

by Published: Apr 24, 2013

Delicious Treats: Founder Nawal Braden-Swart poses at the storefront of Nawal’s Mediterranean Eatery. The locale offers daily lunch and dinner options as well as cupcakes and other treats. Photo By: Tori Thomas| Photographer

The Michigan Avenue business opened April 2. Since then, business has been “phenomenal,” according to Brian Thompson, manager of Nawal’s Mediterranean Eatery. The company offers a number of products, ranging from Mediterranean lunch and dinner to gourmet cupcakes and desserts.

“She [Nawal Braden-Swart] offers daily lunch and dinner specials, which are Mediterranean entrées. Everyday it’s a different entrée,” Thompson said. “People come in looking for a menu; she doesn’t have a menu. It’s what’s on the board is what’s served, which has really taken off quite well. People have gone on Facebook, and we have almost 1,000 likes just within two weeks.”

Not only have people liked the company on Facebook, which can be found by searching ‘Cupcakes by Nawal’ in the Facebook search bar, but many have commented on the page, explaining what they like most about the food, business as well as the people. (more…)

 
 

Torch News Briefs

by Published: Apr 24, 2013

“The Vagina Monologues”

On Thursday, April 25, the annual event “The Vagina Monologues” will take place. Although the event was first scheduled to take place in March, it was rescheduled due to a widespread power outage that closed Ferris’ Big Rapids campus and affected the greater Mecosta County area.

The event is put on to raise awareness of violence against women. (more…)

 
 

Standing Up Against Violence

Take Back the Night event to empower survivors

by Published: Apr 17, 2013

“So many times as a survivor we know in our head that we are not alone, but that doesn’t necessarily get us to move,” Tracy Howard said, her voice strong and sincere.

Howard, Ferris senior in social work and member of the Social Work Association, is not only a supporter for survivors of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual assault, but also a survivor herself.

Her past has given her the passion to stand up and reach out to people who have experienced similar situations. She has taken on the role and responsibility to be the head of putting on the annual event Take Back the Night, which is designed to empower survivors of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. (more…)

 
 

Torch News Briefs

by Published: Apr 17, 2013

The Big Event

The Big Event, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 13, has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 20. The event was pushed back due to poor weather conditions.

The annual event is still set to begin at 9 a.m. Participants are to meet in the campus quad. (more…)

 
 

Preview Into the Life of a D-SAGA Member

“Queer Monologues,” provided insight to the audience of struggles and challenges overcame by someone identifying with the LGBTQ community.

by Published: Apr 16, 2013

On April 15, D-SAGA members came together to spread a powerful and emotional message at the event, “Queer Monologues,” during pride week.

Members shared emotional, and sometimes humorous, personal stories that provided the audience insight to their challenges, while allowing them to connect on a realistic level.

Many of the stories shared reflected the story-tellers experience with “coming-out” to people they cared about, along with the difficulties faced and eventually defeated. Some audience members became emotional as they would relate and try to understand many of the stories told. (more…)

 
 

Got Pride?

D-SAGA to host Gay Pride Week for the campus community

by Published: Apr 10, 2013

For one week, Ferris students will display their pride through events designed to take people out of their comfort zones.

On Monday, April 15, Gay Pride Week will begin and will last until Thursday, April 18. Each day will contain activities and opportunities for the campus community to learn about what it means to be of a different sexuality.

“The purpose of these events is to educate students on FSU’s campus about the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community and promote diversity. These events also give the campus a chance to get to know us better as an organization,” Kendree Berg, Ferris senior in psychology and president of D-SAGA (Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance), said. “I hope these events can open up some minds and educate people, but also help them get to know each other better and bridge the gap between the LGBTQ community and the rest of campus.” (more…)

 
 

Here Is a Tip

Something to remember next time you’re at a restaurant

by Published: Apr 10, 2013

If you’ve ever been a server at any kind of restaurant, I’m positive you can relate.

You know the exact situation I’m talking about. A family of two walks in and sits at one of your tables.

A middle-aged woman with flawlessly curled hair and make-up caked on her face to cover up her wrinkles. Her husband, straight-faced and serious, looks as if he has never heard a funny joke in his life. (more…)

 
 

Torch News Briefs

by Published: Apr 10, 2013

The Big Event

On Saturday, April 13, the annual Big Event will take place in the Big Rapids community. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Participants are to meet in the campus quad.

During this event, student volunteers will perform small service projects such as yard work, washing windows and painting for the residents of the community. By participating in this event, students can reach out and thank their community for its endless support of the campus. (more…)

 
 

More Than Just a Hound Dog

Elvis tribute concert to raise money for local organization

by Published: Apr 5, 2013

Mecosta County Companion Animal Resource/Education Society (CARES) will be putting on an Elvis concert with Elvis tribute artist Jake Slater.

Jennifer Thede, Ferris IT Offices Service Coordinator and Board Executive for Mecosta County CARES, said the concert is

$5 for Ferris students with a valid student ID and $15 for the general public. (more…)