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Five-Star Speaker: Michael Dean Ester spoke to Ferris students on April 19. Ester talked to students about “The Reason You’re Here” and why college is so important. Photo By: Brock Copus | Photographer

Funny Words, Serious Message

Comedian explains to us why we are here

by Published: Apr 27, 2011

Five-Star Speaker: Michael Dean Ester spoke to Ferris students on April 19. Ester talked to students about “The Reason You’re Here” and why college is so important. Photo By: Brock Copus | Photographer

For a guy well beyond the age of 30, Michael Dean Ester sure knows a lot about 21st century university life.

Or, at least, that’s the impression the comedian gave during his presentation on April 19 at Williams Auditorium. (more…)

 
 

Parent Trap

Some Ferris students experience parenthood sooner than planned

by Published: Apr 13, 2011

I have been many things in my life. I’ve been a student, a writer, a reporter, an actor, a pizza delivery driver, a cashier, an assistant manager, a heavy metal vocalist, a cartoonist, a poet, and a friend. This semester I added a new title to my repertoire: Daddy.

It is not an uncommon site. Unplanned parenthood is not restricted to spoiled high school girls on MTV programs. Even those considered socially responsible find themselves in this unexpected situation. (more…)

 
 
Officers Against Terror: Officer Saunders fingerprints a Wisconsin teaching student. Ferris State will begin to train officers from across the state to recognize signs of terrorist activity and learn how to react quickly. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photo Editor

To Serve and Protect

Ferris State to include counter-terrorist training for officers across Michigan

by Published: Apr 13, 2011

Officers Against Terror: Officer Saunders fingerprints a Wisconsin teaching student. Ferris State will begin to train officers from across the state to recognize signs of terrorist activity and learn how to react quickly. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photo Editor

Efforts are in place by Ferris State to include anti-terrorism training in its expanding law enforcement instruction.

Public Safety Protective Training, or PSPT, and Ferris will be working together to train and supply law enforcement officers from across the state to recognize terrorist activity and react accordingly. (more…)

 
 

Hats Off to Hardesty

Welding instructor earns prestigious award

by Published: Apr 13, 2011

The American Welding Society has awarded Ferris State instructor Jeff Hardesty the District 11 District Educator Award for the 2009-10 school year.

Hardesty, an associate professor in the College of Engineering Technology, has been in welding technology professionally for 22 years, the last seven of which at Ferris State. (more…)

 
 
New Degree: Dr. Alspach leads a discussion during a sports communication class. In the fall of 2011, Ferris State will offer the option of a new degree in Sports Communication. Photo By: Brock Copus | Photographer

Competitive Edge

Ferris unveils new Sports Communication program

by Published: Mar 30, 2011

New Degree: Dr. Alspach leads a discussion during a sports communication class. In the fall of 2011, Ferris State will offer the option of a new degree in Sports Communication. Photo By: Brock Copus | Photographer

By this fall, Ferris State will have added a new degree option focusing on the many types of communication within the sports industry.

Targeted toward students studying public relations, communication, sports marketing and other related fields, the program offers a new approach to the many roles involved in this growing market. (more…)

 
 
Comic by John Vestevich

Torch Cartoonist Wins Schulz Award

by Published: Mar 24, 2011

Comic by John Vestevich

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is the value of a drawing? For John Vestevich, Torch resident graphic artist and cartoonist, it’s worth $10,000.

That is because Vestevich, a student in the Graphic Design program, was recently awarded the Charles M. Schulz Award by the Scripps Howard Foundation for his illustrated work for the Torch, and a cash prize of $10,000. The annual award is given to the nation’s best college cartoonist.

“I had to read it a couple times,” said Vestevich, referring to the award announcement. “It’s still slowly sinking in.” (more…)

 
 
Adult Entertainment: Tabu Lounge is located within Fantasies Unlimited and offers adult entertainment. The first of its kind in Big Rapids, the lounge is stirring up controversy. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photo Editor

Risqué Business

Local adult entertainment lounge faces obstacles in controversial practice

by Published: Mar 16, 2011

Adult Entertainment: Tabu Lounge is located within Fantasies Unlimited and offers adult entertainment. The first of its kind in Big Rapids, the lounge is stirring up controversy. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photo Editor

Since its unveiling last January, the Tabu Lounge—a members-only club that offers exotic dancing—immediately caught public attention.

Located within Fantasies Unlimited, just south of town in Big Rapids, the lounge offers patrons—18 years and older—what had previously been missing in the area: live, adult entertainment. (more…)

 
 
Possible Busing: Ferris student Charlie Woznack boards a Greyhound Bus. A shuttle bus is being proposed to allow transportation to students from Big Rapids to Grand Rapids. Photo By: Sam Lehnert | Ad Layout Assistant

Connecting the Rapids

Ferris considering new bus route

by Published: Mar 2, 2011

Possible Busing: Ferris student Charlie Woznack boards a Greyhound Bus. A shuttle bus is being proposed to allow transportation to students from Big Rapids to Grand Rapids. Photo By: Sam Lehnert | Ad Layout Assistant

Traveling to Grand Rapids may become easier—and cheaper—due to a shuttle bus service currently being proposed by Ferris State.

The service would likely include a small fleet of passenger buses escorting students, faculty and city residents several times daily throughout the week between the campus of Ferris State in Big Rapids and key locations in Grand Rapids. (more…)

 
 
New Equipment: Nick Miller and other FSU students are enjoying new equipment, including three recumbent bikes and two upright bikes, that were delivered to the SRC on Feb. 15. Photo By: Angie Walukonis | Photographer

FSU Students Get Fit With Better Equipment

Student Recreation Center boasts new workout machines

by Published: Feb 23, 2011

New Equipment: Nick Miller and other FSU students are enjoying new equipment, including three recumbent bikes and two upright bikes, that were delivered to the SRC on Feb. 15. Photo By: Angie Walukonis | Photographer

Visitors at the Student Recreation Center can stop holding their breath—new equipment has arrived and is in use.

Five new machines were delivered Feb. 15—three recumbent exercise bikes and two upright bikes to replace some of the broken cardio equipment. (more…)

 
 
Machines Down: “Out of Order” is becoming a frequently viewed sign at the UREC, causing many Ferris students to question when the machines at University Recreation will be fixed. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photo Editor

Wrecked at the REC

Students deal with broken-down equipment

by Published: Feb 16, 2011

Machines Down: “Out of Order” is becoming a frequently viewed sign at the UREC, causing many Ferris students to question when the machines at University Recreation will be fixed. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photo Editor

With New Years resolutions still in recent memory, many students are finding themselves at the student recreation center to burn off the still lingering “freshman 15.”

Some of these students swim. Some run on the track. Others, however, run into some difficulty. (more…)