Each week, the Ferris State Torch publishes a collection of stories involving students interacting with the FSU campus and Big Rapids community.
Throughout the years these stories have praised, influenced and at times criticized university policy and events. As a student-run newspaper since 1931, we have always prided ourselves in speaking for the university’s nearly 14,000 students.
However, one of our writers was recently accused of falsifying quotes when reporting stories criticizing university programs and events.
After investigation, it was revealed the writer had indeed attributed quotes to fictitious FSU students and was immediately terminated.
Though mistakes are an inevitable part of life, the way in which we deal with our imperfections should be how we define ourselves. The Torch has chosen to take a public and proactive approach toward addressing this issue in hopes of being an example of honesty and integrity.
The Torch would like to apologize to Entertainment Unlimited, the Card Wildlife Center, the Music Industry Management program, the Ferris State Theatre program and any students, staff or faculty who were offended by the plagiaries written.
Our entire staff works hard each week to maintain the trust of our readers and will continue to work earnestly toward upholding the journalistic standards of our newspaper.
The purpose of a student newspaper is, and always has been, to be the voice of the student body. At FSU, the Torch has been a voice for students for 80 years. The staff has continued to fulfill this purpose weekly through personal stories of student life, community events and campus tragedy.
Greater than a society’s need for information is their need for social ethics. The acts of the reporter were undoubtedly unethical and in no form reflect acceptable journalistic standards of the Torch or any other media outlet. It’s not only our goal, but also a part of our legacy to be objective, honest and ethical.
Over the years these characteristics have assisted in building a bridge of trust and communication with our readers. This was our goal 80 years ago, and will continue to be our goal in the future.