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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…)