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The construction of the University Center, due to be completed this coming January. Construction ran through the winter of 2013-14 without pause for the weather. Then construction has been on schedule since it began.

Coming Attraction: University Center

by Published: May 21, 2014

The construction of the University Center, due to be completed this coming January. Construction ran through the winter of 2013–14 without pause for the weather. Then construction has been on schedule since it began.

In January of 2015, the construction of the new campus University Center will be complete.

The Rankin Center, the previous home for several RSO offices, Westview Café (now Westside, relocated to Bond Circle), and the student lounge, was torn down last summer to make room for the upcoming University Center. By the looks of the plans, it’ll be twice the size.

Michael Hughes, vice president for the physical plant and one of many involved in the construction of the University Center said only 80 percent of Rankin was going to be torn down, with the University center to be built on what remains of the old building.

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GOING GRΣΣK

New students can get involved by joining the Greek community

by Published: May 21, 2014

Alpha Sigma Tau and Phi Sigma Kappa celebrate being lip sync champs during Spring Greek week. Being part of the Greek community gives you the opportunity to participate in events such as these on campus.

Contrary to popular belief, there is more to Greek life on campus than parties.

Fraternities and sororities can provide a home away from home and long-lasting friendships. Joining a Greek organization exposes students to a large network of colleagues with similar interests, too.

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Graphic By Cailey Pawluk

Welcome

by Published: May 21, 2014

Graphic By Cailey Pawluk

For those of you considering Ferris, welcome to campus.

As you walk around and look at this foreign concept that you may soon be calling your school, keep a few things in mind.

I learned this quickly in college, the people you went to high school with that ended up at Ferris alongside you, whether you liked them or not, will be overly polite to you whenever you see them.
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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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Modern Love

Open your eyes to college dating

by Published: May 21, 2014

One of the certainties of college-apart from stress and a horrific amount of homework-is that, eventually, you will get laid.

Beginning with move-in day, there is nothing quite like the college life. There are attractive young people just like you wandering around campus looking to meet new people. Now that you’ve aced high school, you’ve got this in the bag.
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What’s on Tap?

Events to look forward to for the fall semester

by Published: May 21, 2014

Keep your eyes, your ears and your schedules open. Ferris has many events taking place in the fall that you won’t want to miss.

If you are new to Ferris and Big Rapids, you won’t want to pass up Bulldog Bonanza on Sept. 17.

Bulldog Bonanza is a great way for students to get acquainted with local businesses, Ferris service departments and more 200 registered student organizations (RSO).
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Students participate in helping clean up Big Rapids by volunteering for the Big Event. This event is held during spring semester.

Giving Back

Volunteering is good for the resume and the heart

by Published: May 21, 2014


Students participate in helping clean up Big Rapids by volunteering for the Big Event. This event is held during spring semester.

Students who desire contributing to a greater good, opportunities for new friendship, and building their resume can take advantage of the many service options Ferris offers.

The volunteering choices at Ferris range from doing yard work for residents of Big Rapids to 5k runs to RSO-specific service.
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Off the Record: President David Eisler

Ferris State President opens up on university and personal topics

by Published: May 21, 2014

Torch– Looking back, what are the biggest accomplishments for the university this academic year?

Eisler– We have had a lot of success at Ferris. If you look at how Ferris has grown; in a decade we are a third larger. You look at our beautiful campus, our new facilities, the new student center coming in, the new degree programs, and I think there is a really positive feeling about our university and I think we have a lot of forward momentum. For me, my biggest accomplishment is when you are at commencement and you shake students hands as they walk across the stage and you see what students achieve, that is the biggest accomplishment of all.

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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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A Ferris DPS officer stops cars from entering Finch Court where the suspect from the February 1 Ferris shooting, that happened at the Venlo apartments, was hiding. All four police agencies were on hand during the event.

The Big Four

Every police department in Big Rapids work to keep students safe

by Published: May 21, 2014

A Ferris DPS officer stops cars from entering Finch Court where the suspect from the February 1 Ferris shooting, that happened at the Venlo apartments, was hiding. All four police agencies were on hand during the event.

Within Big Rapids, there are four police departments, all of whom work together to make the city and Ferris State, a safer place.

The four departments of Mecosta County include Ferris State Department of Public Safety (DPS), Big Rapids DPS, Mecosta County Sherriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police. Response to calls are venue specific, with Ferris DPS responding to on campus crimes and Mecosta County assisting in crimes located off campus and outside of Big Rapids.
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