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Image Awards

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Joey Cottle, Guest Writer

The 2014 Image Awards rep­re­sented a lit­tle known but long-held tra­di­tion of Ferris State schol­ar­ship, lead­er­ship and aca­d­e­mic achievement.

Every year, stu­dents may nom­i­nate and vote for fac­ulty, staff and other stu­dents to receive one of 21 awards doled out at the Ocsar-esque cer­e­mony held in Williams Auditorium.

Some 200 stu­dents attended the cer­e­mony on Friday.

Jordan Holiness, a junior at Ferris and pres­i­dent of RSO Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge (BLACK), took away two awards. He gar­nered the Alpha Phi Alpha award and the Barbara Johnson RSO President Award. (more…)


Torch Writers Debate the Issue of Marijuana Use in Athletics

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

By Justin Aiken and Ben Rettinhouse

With foot­ball sea­son well and over with, one con­tro­versy still looms over the future of pro­fes­sional foot­ball. Medical marijuana.

Pete Carroll, head coach of the Super Bowl cham­pion Seattle Seahawks, recently brought forth the idea of explor­ing the options of med­ical mar­i­juana for foot­ball play­ers. I say, why not? (more…)


OSC Mandates Drug Course

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Lindsey Hogan and Sarah Force, Ferris State Torch

Marijuana 101 is a pro­gram most stu­dents are required to take after being caught with mar­i­juana on campus.

For more sig­nif­i­cant cases, the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) will require stu­dents to take “Brief Alcohol and Substance Intervention for College Students” (BASICS).

Marijuana 101 is designed to look at mul­ti­ple aspects of using mar­i­juana includ­ing the psy­cho­log­i­cal and social responses. (more…)


Ferris Student Arrested

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Lindsey Hogan and Sarah Force, Ferris State Torch

Ferris health­care mar­ket­ing fresh­man Lucas Zhao was found with 5 grams of mar­i­juana wax and 7 grams of mar­i­juana on campus.

“The worst thing that can hap­pen with mar­i­juana is get­ting caught by the police,” Zhao said.

Zhao and friends were smok­ing in his dorm a half hour before they were caught. (more…)


Athlete of the Week

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Janie Sell and Sydney Berens

Sophomore and freshman

Ferris women’s tennis

Women’s ten­nis received a strong con­tri­bu­tion from sopho­more, Janie Sell, and fresh­man, Sydney Berens, in the Bulldogs 5–3 loss to Olivet Nazarene.

Sell and Berens were the only two play­ers on the team to come out vic­to­ri­ous in sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion on Saturday, Feb. 15. The two young Bulldogs’ per­for­mances were the high­lights of a match that was con­trolled by ONU through­out most of the meet­ing at Ferris’ Racquet and Fitness Center.

Berens won her sin­gles match with a 6–0, 6–0 shut­down of ONU’s Clara Ruegsegger, and Sell took her match with a 7–6, 7–6 mark over Seraphine Buchmann.

The two then paired up to notch Ferris’ only dou­bles win of the day as they teamed up with a solid match against the Tigers’ Aziza Butoyi and Tifanny Aguirre. The duo took the match 8–6 as the two fed of their strong sin­gles performances.

The Bulldogs moved to 8–10 over­all fol­low­ing the loss to the Tigers and cur­rently sit in the sev­enth spot in the GLIAC.


Suiting Up for Success

by Published: Feb 12, 2014

Written by Sarah Force

Ferris stu­dents can expect the largest and most diverse Career and Internship Fair Ferris has ever seen.

Due to the over­whelm­ing response that the career fair has had, result­ing in some employ­ers being wait-listed, CLACS was forced to pro­vide an over­flow room.

“We sold out the Wink Arena and the gym [this semes­ter],” Coordinator of Student Career Services Michele Albright said. (more…)


Situation Updates

by Published: Feb 5, 2014

ORIGINAL POST: 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1

Ferris DPS and Big Rapids DPS are inves­ti­gat­ing a shoot­ing that occurred at Venlo Place Apartments in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A male, who police believe is a Ferris stu­dent, has been hos­pi­tal­ized after being shot at 4:15 a.m. on Feb. 1. (more…)


Shooting Suspect Identified, Charged With Attempted Murder

by Published: Feb 2, 2014

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2

The Venlo shoot­ing sus­pect has been iden­ti­fied by police as 20-year-old DeCory Demarco Downing, of the Mt. Clemens/Macomb area.

Downing has been charged with attempted mur­der and unlaw­ful use of a firearm. If con­victed, he could face life in prison.

Police have still not found a motive, and they have no indi­ca­tion Downing knew the vic­tim, who has yet to be iden­ti­fied. Downing has no ties to Ferris, accord­ing to Borkovich. (more…)


Police Surround Ferris Apartment, Suspect Search Continues

by Published: Feb 1, 2014

UPDATE: 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1

The Ferris stu­dent who was shot has been treated and released from the hospital.

Two women have vol­un­tar­ily exited the Finch Court apart­ment where the sus­pect is believed to be. One woman is a for­mer Ferris stu­dent and the other is a cur­rent Ferris student.

One of the women is not coop­er­at­ing with law enforce­ment, accord­ing to Ferris Director of DPS Bruce Borkovich. She is being ques­tioned at the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department and may be an accom­plice to the shooter. (more…)

Mecosta County Sherriffs maintain a perimeter at Venlo Place Apartments

Photo Gallery: Shooting at Venlo Place

by Published: Feb 1, 2014

Photos by Eric Trandel, Matt Sigmund, Lindsey Hogan