Trust Falling

The ups and downs of conquering your fears

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

This year was a mile­stone in terms of my per­sonal goals.

Throughout high school I was active in the the­ater pro­gram, but only ever work­ing back­stage. Due to a lack of con­fi­dence, I decided never to audi­tion out of fear of rejec­tion, or worse-actually mak­ing it in and hav­ing to go on stage. But, at my core I am noth­ing if not des­per­ate for atten­tion. I was con­vinced to audi­tion for Ferris’ pro­duc­tion of “Ajax in Iraq” and, to my dis­be­lief, actu­ally got a part. (more…)


Worth It

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

I can’t decide if writ­ing this edi­to­r­ial each week is becom­ing increas­ingly dif­fi­cult because A) I have noth­ing left to say or B) I have too much left to say.

Either way, my time as Editor-in-Chief of the Torch is com­ing to a close. Across the news­room, things are shift­ing as some peo­ple begin to step into their new roles while oth­ers pre­pare to make their exits. (more…)


Surviving to Thriving

Saving the world, one woman at a time

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

Many Americans have an undy­ing fear of being poor.

We tend to think poverty is shop­ping at Goodwill or your elec­tric­ity get­ting shut off every once in a while.

Meanwhile, women in Northern Uganda can’t even go to the bath­room dur­ing the day because they don’t have bath­room facil­i­ties. (more…)


Who You Calling Bossy?

Social Media movement begins to ban the word bossy

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

I have always con­sid­ered myself a leader in the class­room. However, as soon as I heard the word “bossy,” I stopped rais­ing my hand and draw­ing atten­tion to the fact I wanted to ask ques­tions and be assertive.

When a lit­tle boy asserts him­self, he is often called a leader, yet when a lit­tle girl asserts her­self, she risks the chance of being labeled bossy, pushy or even stub­born. This dis­cour­ages females from tak­ing con­trol and stand­ing up for them­selves. (more…)


Proud Alumna

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

Everybody is a cham­pion for free speech until some­one says some­thing they don’t like (or burns a flag).

Exhibit A: My high school newspaper’s “con­tro­ver­sial” columns on the pros and cons of friends with benefits.

The Wind-Up, St. Joseph High School’s stu­dent news­pa­per, will always have a spe­cial place in my heart. It’s where I got my start in jour­nal­ism. Even as a high schooler (who by nature appre­ci­ated very lit­tle), I was grate­ful for an out­let to express myself. (more…)


The Buzzing

by Published: Mar 29, 2014

Its game day in Cincinnati.

From sec­tion 121, row L, seat six in an empty US Bank Arena, the game­day prepa­ra­tion is underway.

Snow machines are buzzing loudly. Spray tanks are being used to main­te­nance the NCAA logo’s behind the net. The Zamboni hums along, lightly coat­ing the tar­nished ice. (more…)


Rollin’ With a New Crowd

The Torch's hectic trip to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional

by Published: Mar 28, 2014

The bus stopped where we lost our older pas­sen­ger and his grand­son. Both returned safe and sound.
Photo by: Harrison Watt, Sports Editor

I’ve been writ­ing about Ferris hockey for the Torch since the begin­ning of the 2012–13 sea­son, and now I’m see­ing what makes the pro­gram special.

There are wins on the ice and there have been some wild games and fin­ishes. It cer­tainly seems to me that just when I’ve seen the cra­zi­est Ferris hockey game that I can remem­ber, they one-up the mad­ness. (more…)


Get Creative

A three-step process for the “creatively challenged”

Published: Mar 26, 2014

Devin Anderson
Guest Writer

It might sound self­ish to say that our gen­er­a­tion is the most unique in American his­tory, but isn’t it true? The 60s nuclear fam­ily with a white picket fence has given way to the 30-year-old “dude” still wear­ing Vans and play­ing Xbox, and he’s def­i­nitely not alone. The Internet has given us a world mar­ket­place that is becom­ing extremely diverse; every­thing comes in every color of the rain­bow. (more…)


Be Positive

by Published: Mar 26, 2014

It’s so easy to be neg­a­tive. Sometimes it can even be fun.

With the mount­ing stresses of senior year and upcom­ing grad­u­a­tion, I found myself spend­ing an unhealthy amount of time com­plain­ing about my life to any­one who would lis­ten. School, work, the future—nothing was the way I wanted it. (more…)


Lazy or Legendary?

It’s cheating to say both, but our generation does what it wants

by Published: Mar 26, 2014

To say there is a “rag­ing debate” about the alleged lazi­ness of Millennials would sug­gest there’s a debate at all, but many seem to take it as a given.

We’re lazy — or, as some clever peo­ple will say, “Generation Lay-Z” — gadget-dependent, spoiled rot­ten and cul­tur­ally and polit­i­cally igno­rant. That’s what the media and the Baby Boomers say, any­ways. And maybe they’re right. (more…)