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Big Rapids neighbor to the south, Grand Rapids, is just 50 minutes down highway 131 south, and supplies major entertainment needs for Western Michigan, from going to Whitecaps Baseball games and Griffins Hockey games, to their bars.

A Quick Escape

Day trips to get out of Big Rapids

by Published: May 21, 2014

Big Rapids neighbor to the south, Grand Rapids, is just 50 minutes down highway 131 south, and supplies major entertainment needs for Western Michigan, from going to Whitecaps Baseball games and Griffins Hockey games, to their bars.

Welcome to Big Rapids, your new least favorite home.

The quaint country town has its distractions and its attractions, but out-of-towners, it can be a bit scant. There are two solutions: make your own fun or get the hell out of Dodge. This is for those who favor the latter.

Grand Rapids

Do you remember downtowns, those sprawls of specialty stores and one-off cafes? Big Rapids has one, and even has some cool things! But Grand Rapids has more: comic shops, record shops, music venues, multiple bars. Gather a gaggle of friends and spend a lazy Saturday down there. You might actually be able to find a movie you want to see, and on a great screen.

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Ferris students tube down the Muskegon River that runs along the East side of campus; a Ferris Tradition.

Three Big Rapids Musts

Complete your stay with these Ferris State necessities

by Published: May 21, 2014

Ferris students tube down the Muskegon River that runs along the East side of campus; a Ferris Tradition.

Big Rapids may seem small, but this just makes each item on the short “must try” checklist worth experiencing. Other than one-time annual events such as “Turn Up the Good” and Ferris Fest, pickings can be slim. With that said, there are a few standards most students can agree on.

Tubing

As soon as it warms up a little, students hit the river. Not swimming or canoeing, but tubing. It keeps you cool and it keeps summer tedium at bay. The Sawmill Tube and Canoe Livery offers tube rental and transportation, but some people go so often they’ll have tubes to share.
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Party Savvy

Don’t get caught in a bad spot

by Published: May 21, 2014

College! That means wicked awesome parties, right? They’ll be just like the movies, with the best music playing and the hottest kids dancing, each party better than the last. It’ll be the time of your life, maybe, as long as you protect yourself. Don’t just protect yourself from others, you’ll have to watch out for yourself, too.

Don’t do it alone
Parties are great for meeting people, but you always want a safety net. If everyone is lame, trashed or maybe smells a little funky, you need to have a corner to retreat to.

More people also means more info. Your friends can give you the low-down on who’s who at the party and where the next, less lame party is.

Have a Designated Driver

Don’t take chances. You know those public service announcements about how buzzed driving is drunk driving? It’s no joke. Don’t endanger yourself, and don’t endanger others.

It’s also important to remember a good designated driver is worthwhile. This way you can go to the party safely and can focus on having a good time when you arrive. Get a friend with a minivan to take you on to the next one.

Keep in touch

What’s the point of a DD if you lose them? Keep your friends close and your phone closer (and fully charged, for that matter). If plans change, let a friend know. The last wake-up call you want is the police pounding on the door, called by a frantic roomie.

Know your drink

Be wary of what you’re drinking. There are many people out there: some sinister, some ignorant and some just down for a laugh. Know your limits and stick to them because you don’t want to end up hidden behind sunglasses and wrapped around a toilet all morning.

Hydrate

Duh. Water will be your saving grace.

Respect the residence

It’s not your place so don’t smash it up. We all want to turn up, but hosts of parties don’t want their stuff broken. Oddly, people seem less likely to rage repeatedly when they lose their security deposit.

Also, tip your hat to the host. It’s pretty awesome of them to risk their place being trashed so you could work out those school-heightened hankerings. Respect them, for they are angels with great spaces for drinking.

Know what you’re getting into

So you’re going to a “party.” Cool. A party could be ten friends drinking wine and watching a movie or it could be a massive drunken block party with DJs and dancing. Is it BYOB or is the jungle juice free flowing? Will your space be respected or will drunken bros be grinding on everyone in site? Find out what you’re diving into and prepare yourself properly.

Talk

Feel free to chat. We’re all there to escape the cramp of awkward social norms, eye contact aversion and keeping to cliques. Discover someone new, even if it’s only for five minutes while you wait for the bathroom.

Have fun

Seriously. College doesn’t last forever. Just don’t get arrested.

 
 

Getting a Leg Up

Ferris provides a number of resources to help the aspiring student

by Published: May 21, 2014

The culture shock of a college curriculum can strike like lightning — suddenly you’ve failed two quizzes and a test, with the homework’s equations looming like some cruel, illegible joke.

For those seeking some assistance, whether it be to reach a 2.0 or a 4.0, Ferris offers a few options. Jane Pole, supervisor of the Academic Support Center (ASC), went into detail on how students can get some help — and when they should schedule that help.
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6 Things to Learn About Your Roommate

If you’re going to live with them, you’ll have to learn how to deal with them

by Published: May 21, 2014

Music industry management freshman Kari Bosen shared some important information regarding sleeping in the dorms.

“Finding out their study habits and preferences in the room are a pretty big thing,” Bosen said. “Knowing if they can sleep with noise or not is crucial. Do they prefer the light on or off? Can they sleep with music or the TV on? What about with the window open?”

One day you may move off campus and have your own space, but until then, be mindful of that light switch.

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Behind the Scenes

Volunteers work hard to bring Ferris Fest to campus

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Karmin, Reel Big Fish and a variety of local talent took the stage Saturday on Ferris’ West Campus Intramural Fields.

Before Ferris students could enjoy the show, a number of volunteers worked long hours to prepare for the event. Music industry management (MIM) freshman Josh Olszewski was one volunteer who worked with the stage crew. (more…)

 
 
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Relay for Life

This year’s Relay for Life proves to be Ferris’ most successful one yet

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

The 12-hour buzz of fundraising activity that is Relay For Life returned to Ferris’ campus on April 4 and 5. This year’s event raised $34,765.81, a Ferris Relay record.

The schedule for Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser hosted annualy at Ferris by Colleges Against Cancer, was initially disrupted by a youth hockey tournament. This, however, didn’t stop Colleges Against Cancer co-president John Letherer and his E-board from getting the event back on track. (more…)

 
 

A Modern Greek Tragedy

Cast of “Ajax in Iraq” discusses the play’s treatment of social issues

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

Whereas Ferris’ fall production of “Spamalot” was classic comedic fare, upcoming military drama “Ajax in Iraq” will, according to the cast, leave audiences speechless.

“[Director Katherine LaPietra] tends to go very fun one play and very serious another play,” criminal justice junior Georgina D’Hondt, who plays co-lead of A.J., said. “Like last year; we had ‘Legally Blonde’… and then we had ‘The Best Man.’” (more…)

 
 
Board games have been a hobby of Daniel Chou, East Campus Suites hall director, for years. Chou recently created a game called “Security Council,” a strategy board game about nuking your friends. Here he shares his games with friends and residents for feedback, which has been quite positive. 

Courtesy Photo Provided By: Daniel Chou

The Most Dangerous Game

Ferris hall director brings students together with games of nuclear warfare

by Published: Mar 26, 2014

Board games have been a hobby of Daniel Chou, East Campus Suites hall director, for years. Chou recently created a game called “Security Council,” a strategy board game about nuking your friends. Here he shares his games with friends and residents for feedback, which has been quite positive.
Courtesy Photo Provided By: Daniel Chou

“Nuke your friends, that’s what they’re here for.”

So proclaims the tagline for Security Council, a board game created by Ferris State’s Daniel Chou. In the game, feelings are hurt, alliances are built and broken and nuclear war is launched.

Creating board games has long been a hobby for Chou, hall director at East Campus Suites. He’s toyed around with the idea before, but there was something about Security Council that seemed just right. (more…)

 
 
The Balsam Brothers band performs during the Battle of the Bands event held this past Friday at the Gate. The Balsam Brothers won the battle and will perform at Relay For Life on April 4-5, as will second place finishers Bridge the Gap.

Courtesy Photo Provided By: Mariah Bouwkamp

Battle of the Bands

Ferris’ own The Balsam Brothers come away with a victory at Relay For Life event

by Published: Mar 26, 2014

The Balsam Brothers band performs during the Battle of the Bands event held this past Friday at the Gate. The Balsam Brothers won the battle and will perform at Relay For Life on April 4–5, as will second place finishers Bridge the Gap.
Courtesy Photo Provided By: Mariah Bouwkamp

Relay For Life at Ferris is a time when students come together to raise money for cancer, but it often inspires a little bit of competition.

Five bands vied for victory at Friday night’s Battle of the Bands, a Relay For Life event hosted at The Gate. Travis Hodder, a junior in music industry management and the vice president of Colleges Against Cancer, was the main force in planning this year’s event. (more…)