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Cleaning Up: Ferris student employees work to clean off sidewalks and salt them after a snowstorm. Photos By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

Heavy Snows, No “Snow Day”

Snowy days are no day off at Ferris

by Published: Mar 6, 2013

Cleaning Up: Ferris student employees work to clean off sidewalks and salt them after a snowstorm. Photos By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

Recent winter storms have inconvenienced the Ferris State University commuter demographic and challenged the campus snow removal team.

Over 6,000 Ferris students are commuters. There are also many faculty, staff and administration members who commute from surrounding areas like Grand Rapids, Cadillac and Reed City.

Ferris political science professor Christine Bailey is a case in point. She travels from Flint to Big Rapids and back twice per week. (more…)

 
 

Silence Is Consent

Participation is essential for student and teacher growth

by Published: Feb 27, 2013

I have been a student for a long time, with statuses ranging from part-time, full-time, time off and overtime.

Many professors have stood before me, and I have stood before many professors. Some of them were good, some bad and a small minority were absolutely brilliant. Throughout this process of enlightenment, one factor has always held true—my complicity in the outcome.

As students, our level of participation in lectures, our outside research, staying after class to discuss concerns and the pressure we exert upon educators in quest of mastery and understanding of class material is what helps make the bad ones good and the good ones great. (more…)

 
 

U.S. Postal Service Restructuring Mail Delivery

Students not worried about USPS cutting back on delivery change

by Published: Feb 20, 2013

Ferris students shouldn’t lose too much sleep over the U.S. Postal Service’s switch to a five-day mail delivery schedule to take place on Aug. 5, 2013.

Letters, magazines and some small parcels will no longer be delivered to addresses on Saturdays. Packages and prescription medication delivery will not be affected, according to the Postal Service’s web page.

Research conducted by the Postal Service and independent news outlets has indicated seven out of 10 Americans support the plan. (more…)

 
 

Germs Everywhere

Tis the season...flu season

by Published: Feb 6, 2013

Breathing, eating, fornicating and dying. On every surface humans touch resides a vast metropolis of ancient microbes narrowly evolved to efficiently prey on our flesh.

There is no better example of this than at the gym. Scattered throughout the Ferris State University Student Recreation Center and fitness facilities across the nation are seemingly innocuous plastic spray bottles filled with an unknown liquid solution. To germs, these spray bottles may as well be Apache attack helicopters equipped with hellfire missiles.

“We are in the business of sweat,” Ferris Recreation Center Director Cindy Horn said. (more…)