Torch Newsbriefs

New Campus University Center

With the Broad of Trustees’ approval March 25, there will be multiple campus projects taking place throughout the next few years as part of the Campus Master Plan.

The Rankin Student Center, the future University Center, will soon host Ferris’ Telecommunications and the university network infrastructure; an estimated project worth $3.4 million. The university network infrastructure controls emergency phones, fire-and life-safety monitoring, internet connectivity, cable television and more.

The current UC is located in the basement of Masselink Hall. Renovation of specific parts of Rankin will take place and a few offices will be moved to other locations. Along with the new plans for Rankin, other locations on campus will notice significant changes. Masselink and Carlisle hall will be demolished in order to create parking for the new location of the UC. The former home of the Michigan College of Optometry, Pennock Hall, will be torn down in order to add 75 additional parking spaces.

The Rock Cafe and the Market will be replacing parts of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, with estimated costs not exceeding $170,000. Additional available parking for the Fall 2011 semester is expected. For more information visit the University News and Events campus website.

Turn Up the Good

The Ferris Music Industry Management Association is gearing up for the first-ever Electronic Music concert March 31.

They are welcoming all music fans and the local community. The event will feature a performance of The Glitch Mob with special guest Virtual Boy. It will be held in the Wink Arena and doors will open at 6 p.m. The night consists of four acts which will last until 11 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Rankin Student Center information desk, Wink Arena ticket office or online at Any Ferris student ticket is $5.00 with a valid ID and public tickets are $10. For more information contact Alex Johnson at (231) 580-6554 or

Relay For Life

The Colleges Against Cancers will be supporting the American Cancer Society April 1 during the Relay for Life.

The nightlong event will begin at 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning in the Wink Arena. Individuals or teams can register at to join in the activities consisting of five ceremonies: Opening, Survivorship, Fight Back, Luminaria and Closing. Bulldog Radio will be the DJ; along with live bands. A dodgeball tournament and Minute to Win it games and more will take place throughout the night. For more information contact Elizabeth Troost at (231) 715-0090.

International Festival of Cultures

More than 25 countries will be presented at the International Festival of Cultures April 3 with the Ferris community’s delicious dishes and participation.

Music, crafts and entertainment will also be provided. The event will be from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Doom Room. Admission is free, but food tickets will be 50 cents. Any Ferris students will a valid ID and those who have paid their activity fees will receive three tickets. The International Student Organization event is sponsored by the International Office of Education and the Finance Division of Student Government. For more information contact the IOE at (231) 591-2450.  n