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The Point of Pride

Why gay pride matters

Published: Apr 30, 2014

Robert Gaudette

Guest Writer

Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA) hosted its annual Spring Pride Week earlier this month.

If you walked through the quad during Spring Pride Week, were you curious as to why students gathered for the event and drew attention to themselves? (more…)

 
 
 

Peace Out, Ferris

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Wow, I can’t believe this is the last time I will be addressing you as Editor-in-chief of the Torch.

It seems like just yesterday I sat behind this desk for the first time. Now, we must say goodbye. (more…)

 
 

Learn to Let It Go

Giving up on my inner control freak

by Published: Apr 23, 2014

Power is a beautiful and destructive tool.

In the past two years, I’ve watched the position of Torch editor-in-chief and conjectured that it can be either one of the most powerful or career-killing positions a student at this institution can hold.

As I come closer to my first Torch issue at the helm, I realize that the balance of power this position holds, while imposing, is not my first concern. (more…)

 
 

Out of Touch

Governor Snyder needs to start acting his position

by Published: Apr 23, 2014

Just two weeks ago, Governor Rick Snyder visited Ferris’ campus. Didn’t hear about it? You’re not alone.

Snyder, here for a tour of the Swan building, came and left campus almost anonymously an hour before he was scheduled to do so. The governor is notorious for not talking to the press or having much to say in general, so I wasn’t particularly offended when he left without answering questions. What offended me was his attitude while he was here. (more…)

 
 
 

Web Buzz

by Published: Apr 23, 2014

I’m proud to say the Torch website has seen a significant increase in traffic this year.

More people have been visiting our website, and consequently, more people have elected to leave comments on various stories.

Now, 99 percent of the time, we have no idea what articles or columns will generate reader feedback. For example, I anticipated the world imploding after we published the sex toys story back in February, but we only received one letter to the editor (and it was positive!). On the other hand, the Torch has run simple, noncontroversial news stories over which people have gone crazy. (more…)

 
 

Creativity Has Its Price

Why being in a creative major is actually really underestimated

by Published: Apr 23, 2014

Nothing grinds my gears more than when I tell someone I am a Graphic Design major and they reply with, “looks like you took the easy way out.”

I may not be at Ferris for Pharmacy or Optometry, which are looked at as very difficult degrees, but I put in just as many hours, and maybe even more, when it comes to school work. (more…)

 
 

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…)