Torch News Briefs

Campus Wide Public Speaking Contest (Finals)

On Oct. 28 the three finalists chosen from the preliminaries will speak on “Opportunity and Social Change.” The speakers will be in SCI 126 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Sandy Alspach at or call x2779.

FSU Jazz Band Concert

The Ferris State Jazz Band will be having their fall concert on Oct. 28 from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Rankin Center Dome Room. For more information contact Matt Moresi at or call x2587.

3rd Annual Pumpkin Smash

Gamma Epsilon Tau presents the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Smash on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the campus quad. Smash prices are $1 for a small pumpkin and $2 for a large pumpkin. Proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan’s Camp Discovery. For more information contact Dennis Boyd Jr. at

Autumn Alive

On Oct. 29 the Music Industry Management Association (MIMA) presents Autumn Alive 2009 with Third Eye Blind and special guests Hot Chelle Rae. The concert will take place in Wink Arena. Tickets are $10 for FSU students and $20 for general admission. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. For more information contact Kelsey Fales at

Crossroads Cougar Fall Carnival

Crossroads Charter Academy’s annual Cougar Fall Carnival will be held in downtown Big Rapids on Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of the Big Rapids Fall Festival. There will be an inflatable play area, a petting zoo, and various children’s games. Tickets are $.25 each or 50 for $10 and can be redeemed for prizes. In case of inclement weather the carnival will take place at CCA Elementary. For more information contact Kendall Schroeder at or call 231-796-6589.

Campus Wide Residence Hall Trick-or-Treat

FSU Housing and Residence Life presents trick-or-treating in the residence halls. The free event is open to the Big Rapids community and gives them the chance to celebrate Halloween with Ferris State. The event will take place on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. in all residence halls. For more information contact Yug Gill at or call x9161.

Literature in Person (LIP) Reading Series – Marc Sheehan

LIP Reading Series presents Ferris’s Marc Sheehan, winner of the 2008 Richard Snyder Memorial Poetry Prize from the Ashland Poetry Press. On Nov. 3 the LIP Reading Series will celebrate the publication of the book “Vengeful Hymns”. Sheehan is the author of Greatest Hits, a collection of poetry and is a published journalist and media writer. The event will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. at Great Lakes Book and Supply. For more information contact Phillip Sterling at or call x5898.

Fall Choir Concert

The FSU Concert Choir presents its fall concert on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Rankin Center Dome Room. This is a free event. For more information contact Cate Arroe at or call x2070.