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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…)