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New Chief on Campus: Department of Public Saftey Police Cheif Bruce Borkovich was selected and hired in May. Borkovich has experience as a Michigan conservation officer and worked on the Mt. Pleasant narcotics team. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photo Editor

New Chief on Deck

Chief Bruce Borkovich brings drug enforcement background to Ferris Department of Public Safety

by Published: Sep 18, 2013

New Chief on Campus: Department of Public Saftey Police Cheif Bruce Borkovich was selected and hired in May. Borkovich has expe­ri­ence as a Michigan con­ser­va­tion offi­cer and worked on the Mt. Pleasant nar­cotics team. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photo Editor

Starting a new job can come with headaches, but the new Department of Public Safety Police Chief Bruce Borkovich knows that he isn’t doing any­thing alone.

“We have some excel­lent and highly pro­fes­sional offi­cers here at Ferris. I’ve only seen great things from them thus far,” Borkovich said.

He noted that his fel­low offi­cers have helped Borkovich seam­lessly inte­grate. (more…)

 
 

Big Rapids DPS Cracks Down on Code Violators

by Published: Sep 11, 2013

Sunbathing Ferris State stu­dents loung­ing on yard couches can expect to receive a tan and a light­en­ing of their pocket books.

As the weather stays tem­per­ate, instances of lawn loung­ing may con­tinue for the fore­see­able future.

A vio­la­tion of city ordi­nance can include fur­ni­ture on lawns, noise com­plaints and exces­sive lit­ter on the premises, which can earn offend­ers a range of fines from $50 to $500 or even impris­on­ment for 90 days for atyp­i­cal cases. (more…)

 
 
 

Chatting With the President

A few questions on all things Ferris

by Published: Jun 19, 2013

Dr. David Eisler has served as Ferris State University pres­i­dent for nearly 10 years. Before his cur­rent title, President Eisler spent more than 25 years teach­ing with admin­is­tra­tive duties at var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties. He has degrees from both the University of Michigan and Yale University, with dis­tinc­tions at each degree level. President Eisler has two daugh­ters, and each are doc­tors as well. (more…)

 
 
Drivers Beware: Make sure you know when and were to park to avoid tickets from DPS. Torch File Photo

Parking Advice From Ferris Students

Students may need to add a few minutes to their schedule to find a place to park

by Published: Jun 6, 2013

Drivers Beware: Make sure you know when and were to park to avoid tick­ets from DPS. Torch File Photo

Nearly every Ferris stu­dent has woken up late for class and made a dash through cam­pus look­ing for a vacant park­ing place. Knowing where to find a park­ing spot may make a student’s day a lit­tle easier.

During the 2011-12 school year, over 13,000 park­ing cita­tions were handed out. Don’t fret, though. Ferris has more stu­dents on cam­pus than ever before in the school’s his­tory. (more…)

 
 

Carry on Campus

Ferris students want to be able to use their gun licensing on campus property

by Published: Apr 24, 2013

Xander Walsh car­ries a heavy load around the Ferris State cam­pus, but he’s not com­plain­ing. He wants to add a few more ounces to his right hip.

Walsh has fash­ioned a black gun hol­ster while on cam­pus to raise aware­ness for the con­cealed carry of a pis­tol on Ferris grounds. Currently, state law pro­hibits the carry of a con­cealed weapon on uni­ver­sity property.

“People can carry in a lot of places around Michigan, and we trust the good, hon­est, law-abiding cit­i­zens to do so. We don’t think that the right to carry [a pis­tol] should end when they come onto cam­pus,” Walsh, Ferris junior in pro­fes­sional golf man­age­ment, said. (more…)

 
 
Wink Rockin’:We The Kings performed in Novemeber as headliners for Autumn Alive. Next year’s Autumn Alive recently had a new budget approved for a different experience. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Revamping Autumn Alive

Large scale changes to next year’s show may make event more appealing to students

by Published: Apr 24, 2013

Wink Rockin’:We The Kings per­formed in Novemeber as head­lin­ers for Autumn Alive. Next year’s Autumn Alive recently had a new bud­get approved for a dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ence. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Correction April 25: David Lebin’s name was printed as “Lieben” and the atten­dance of last year’s Autumn Alive was 541, instead of the 451 that was printed.

Ferris stu­dents won’t have to travel to Grand Rapids to attend a large scale con­cert, as Ferris’ Music Industry Management Association (MIMA) has announced next year’s Autumn Alive plans.

Changes to the annual per­for­mance include a four or five act show on two dif­fer­ent stages with a DJ booth placed in between the two.

“When I go to most shows, I feel bored by the end of it because I’ve been stand­ing in the same spot. But with this, I can move and go watch the DJ per­form,” David Lebin, gen­eral mem­ber of MIMA, said. (more…)

 
 
Fireside Chat: Dr. Mary Holmes explains Ferris Connect to attendees of the Fireside Chat in FLITE 404. The purpose of the meeting was to increase the understanding of the Blackboard system. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

Blackboard Capabilities Improve Knowledge

Education on Blackboard helps Ferris professors create better learning

by Published: Apr 17, 2013

Fireside Chat: Dr. Mary Holmes explains Ferris Connect to atten­dees of the Fireside Chat in FLITE 404. The pur­pose of the meet­ing was to increase the under­stand­ing of the Blackboard sys­tem. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

The excuse “Blackboard shut down” when try­ing to sub­mit an assign­ment will not suf­fice for tech savvy Ferris State professors.

The Course Activity Overview option gives edu­ca­tors the abil­ity to sort stu­dent data in rela­tion to Blackboard access. The inter­nal soft­ware pro­gram tells pro­fes­sors specif­i­cally how much time a stu­dent spent com­plet­ing assigned work on Blackboard.

If a Ferris State stu­dent claimed he or she attempted to turn in an assign­ment, but was booted off the pro­gram, the pro­fes­sor will be able to ver­ify the claim. (more…)

 
 
Hands in Prayer: Participants of the Walk Against Domestic Violence pause for a moment of reflection during their walk through downtown. The walk was collaborated by My Sister’s Keeper and Women’s Information Services, Inc. (WISE). Photo By: Sean Chipman | Ferris State Torch

Finding a Voice for Change

Ferris students march to spread awareness for domestic violence

by Published: Apr 10, 2013

Hands in Prayer: Participants of the Walk Against Domestic Violence pause for a moment of reflec­tion dur­ing their walk through down­town. The walk was col­lab­o­rated by My Sister’s Keeper and Women’s Information Services, Inc. (WISE). Photo By: Sean Chipman | Ferris State Torch

Andrea Beck-Jones has many titles. She is a Ferris State grad­u­ate stu­dent in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion, a sec­re­tary for mul­ti­cul­tural stu­dent ser­vices and a sur­vivor of domes­tic abuse.

“Being a domes­tic vio­lence sur­vivor, real­iz­ing after 14 years of going through that, it was time to make a change,” Beck-Jones said.

Beck-Jones and fel­low Ferris State stu­dents embarked on an approx­i­mate 1.5 mile march, trav­el­ing through the down­town Big Rapids dis­trict, paus­ing to pray at var­i­ous loca­tions in order to raise pub­lic aware­ness of domes­tic abuse. (more…)

 
 

Ferris Student Government President Is Named

After a three day online election process, a president was chosen

by Published: Apr 3, 2013

Current vice-president Erin Williams will replace Byron Williams as Ferris State University stu­dent gov­ern­ment pres­i­dent for the 2013–14 school year.

“Student gov­ern­ment is the voice of Ferris State University. It is our goal that the stu­dent body is heard,” Williams said.

Byron Williams is on track to grad­u­ate after this semes­ter. (more…)

 
 

Ferris Faculty Association Future Unknown

Current contract ends at the conclusion of school year

by Published: Mar 20, 2013

The Ferris State Faculty Association (FFA) filed an unfair labor prac­tice charge against the uni­ver­sity as a result of the Board of Trustee’s rejec­tion of its con­tract proposal.

The FFA inter­nally voted to pass the mea­sure over­whelm­ingly, 175 to 8, last month. The pro­posal was next sent to the Ferris Board of Trustees, where the bid was voted unan­i­mously against, 8 to 0.

“This (col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing) is the intent of recently passed state law, and the pro­posal in front of us would have cur­tailed this right,” a state­ment from the Ferris Board of Trustees said. (more…)