Student Services

Affordable, convenient health service options for students

by Published: Jul 13, 2013

Birkam Health Center

Birkam Health Center is the med­ical out­pa­tient clinic located in the cen­ter of campus.

Compared with a com­mu­nity med­ical cen­ter, Birkam accepts walk-ins and takes appoint­ments for ill­nesses and minor injuries. Run by two fam­ily physi­cians, four reg­is­tered nurses, a reg­is­tered phar­ma­cist and an office staff, Birkam treats 15,000 patients annually.

Various ser­vices are offered. Students can receive allergy injec­tions, pur­chase over the counter med­i­cine, stay up to date on immu­niza­tions and be tested for HIV and other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases. (more…)


Save the Date

Guide to important dates of the fall semester

by Published: Jul 8, 2013

So, you’ve decided to go to Ferris, or maybe you’re just return­ing after a great sum­mer break.

You reg­is­tered for classes. Now, after you start to look at them, you have some ques­tions about what you can do, should you absolutely hate one of them.

There are some dates to keep in mind, espe­cially for fresh­men who may have never had the prob­lem of add/drop or class switch­ing that can come along with col­lege. In high school, you could just waltz into the guid­ance counselor’s office and ask them to move you from one class to another, easy as pie. Not so in col­lege. (more…)


Textbook How To

Save your money for other things; buy books cheaply, if at all

by Published: Jul 3, 2013

The rest of America has stopped going to book­stores. What keeps col­lege stu­dents spend­ing their loan money there?

College is expen­sive, but the Internet and its end­less array of life loop­holes, ways around things and places to buy any­thing is lim­it­less. Use that.

It’s actu­ally a fairly straight­for­ward sit­u­a­tion, one leav­ing us flab­ber­gasted by any­one who opens their wal­let in a col­lege book­store. (more…)


Rate My Professor

Bad professor or lazy student?

by Published: Jun 29, 2013

Rate My Professor is a gem for the afflu­ent Internet folk.

Throughout its tenure as a web page, it has allowed stu­dents to give hon­est and some­times bru­tal feed­back about the teach­ers at a par­tic­u­lar school. No doubt, many of the read­ers have either par­tic­i­pated or at least checked on the rat­ings of one or more pro­fes­sors. With 1.7 mil­lion rated pro­fes­sors and 938 from Ferris State, the over­all site is very thor­ough in its completeness.

However, with great rat­ings come great prob­lems. It has been my hon­est and gen­uine expe­ri­ence that the higher the pro­fes­sor is rated, the lazier the stu­dents are. (more…)


What Kind of Roommate Do You Have?

A guide to dealing with every type of roommate

by Published: Jun 24, 2013

As if com­ing to col­lege away from home is not scary enough, you’ll be liv­ing with a com­plete stranger. Don’t worry; it’s some­thing every­one goes through. To make mat­ters a lit­tle eas­ier, here’s a guide that will explain how to deal with your future room­mate. Good luck and happy liv­ing! (more…)


Chatting With the President

A few questions on all things Ferris

by Published: Jun 19, 2013

Dr. David Eisler has served as Ferris State University pres­i­dent for nearly 10 years. Before his cur­rent title, President Eisler spent more than 25 years teach­ing with admin­is­tra­tive duties at var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties. He has degrees from both the University of Michigan and Yale University, with dis­tinc­tions at each degree level. President Eisler has two daugh­ters, and each are doc­tors as well. (more…)


Protecting Yourself on Campus

What you need to know about defending yourself while at college

by Published: Jun 15, 2013

What do you do if you feel unsafe?

The first thing to do is to be aware of your sur­round­ings. Keep your ears perked and your eyes open. When you feel unsafe, or if you feel like you are being watched or fol­lowed, call Ferris Department of Public Safety at ext. 2000 and request an escort.

DPS will escort stu­dents on cam­pus between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. (more…)


Thinking and Drinking

Refresh yourself on BR’s drinking laws

by Published: Jun 10, 2013

Sweet sum­mer­time is finally here. School’s out, and for many col­lege stu­dents, that means it’s time to party.

Not so fast though, Ferris State. (more…)

Drivers Beware: Make sure you know when and were to park to avoid tickets from DPS. Torch File Photo

Parking Advice From Ferris Students

Students may need to add a few minutes to their schedule to find a place to park

by Published: Jun 6, 2013

Drivers Beware: Make sure you know when and were to park to avoid tick­ets from DPS. Torch File Photo

Nearly every Ferris stu­dent has woken up late for class and made a dash through cam­pus look­ing for a vacant park­ing place. Knowing where to find a park­ing spot may make a student’s day a lit­tle easier.

During the 2011-12 school year, over 13,000 park­ing cita­tions were handed out. Don’t fret, though. Ferris has more stu­dents on cam­pus than ever before in the school’s his­tory. (more…)


Mental Illness, Alcohol and Drugs

What you should know about treatment and resources

by Published: Jun 2, 2013

Topics such as men­tal ill­ness and sub­stance abuse may seem hard to talk about, but it’s impor­tant incom­ing stu­dents are aware of where to get resources or help for these issues on campus.

The Birkam Health Center on cam­pus has a Personal Counseling Center avail­able to all stu­dents. Counselors help stu­dents with issues such as stress, anx­i­ety, depres­sion, sui­ci­dal thoughts, alco­hol and drug use/abuse and much more. (more…)