Torch News Briefs

Dr. Arthur Chickering

On Wednesday, August 26, Dr. Arthur Chickering, a General Education Task Force Speaker will be speaking at 9 a.m. in the Rankin Center Dome Room discussing “Why Are We Here: To Serve the Market or to Strengthen Democracy?” Continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. along with lunch at 12:15 p.m. Contact Todd Stanislav for more information at or 231-591-3541.


The Michigan based jazz group Organissimo will be performing their variety of songs at the Big Rapids Band Shell Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Call 312-592-4036 for more information.

FSU Unplugged

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Ferris’ Music Industry Management Association will be presenting this year’s first installment of FSU Unplugged. It will be held at Biggby Coffee, located across from the Williams Auditorium and will feature students Max Griffith, Chris Jane, and one other TBA. Contact Ginell Narvaiz at for more information.

Meijer Madness

The yearly event held at the local Big Rapids Meijer will take place from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. For more information contact Teresa Fogel at


The recent Disney and Pixar film UP will be shown on the campus quad at 9 p.m. on August 28. Students are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Contact Teresa Fogel at for more information.

Farmers Market

The weekly Farmer’s Market will be held on Friday, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. located just south of city hall in downtown Big Rapids. The market offers fruit, vegetables, meats, flowers and plenty of other locally grown goods. Contact Mark Gifford at 231-592-4035 for more information.

Rockin in the Rec

On Saturday, August 29, the annual Welcome Week event will have inflatables and novelties. Contact Cindy Horn for more information at