Torch News Briefs

National Drug Take-Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration is working with locations across Michigan to provide people with a safe way to dispose of old, unwanted prescription drugs.

The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. On Saturday, April 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., old and unwanted drugs can be dropped off at one of the following Big Rapids sites: Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office, 225 South Stewart St.; Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, 435 N. Michigan Ave.; and Ferris’ Department of Public Safety, 1319 Cramer Circle.

This information was provided by Birkam Health Center and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.

Mecosta County Community & Family Expo

The Mecosta County Community & Family Expo will have various activities available for families.

The expo is set to take place on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. at Big Rapids Middle School, 500 North Warren Ave. Some of the activities include face painting, safety city, hands-on games, car seat clinic appointments and Michigan Child ID.

There will also be over 100 booth displays, mini demo workshops, local area entertainment and children’s activities. Live entertainment will include Mecosta County local talent Big Rapids Middle School Choir mascot dance-off.

All activities are free and open to the public.

Take Back the Night

The purpose of the Take Back the Night march is to raise awareness of violence against women, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking.

The march is set to take place on Thursday, April 19 and will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the IRC Connector and will end at State Street at Williams Auditorium, where the keynote presentation will take place at 7 p.m.

The presentation is titled “No Zebras, No Excuses.” Steve Thompson will be the presenter. Thompson works with the Sexual Aggression Peer Activities Program at Central Michigan University.

Today, students are also invited to stop in the north quad between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help create the “These Hands are Not for Hurting” banner, which signifies a promise from someone to not use their hands in a violent manner.

For more information, call the Student Leadership & Activities Office at ext. 2606.

Interim chemical hygiene officer appointed

Brad McCormick, an associate professor in the College of Allied Health & Sciences, has been appointed as interim chemical hygiene officer.

McCormick is currently chair of the Hazardous Substance Awareness & Compliance Committee. McCormick will remain as interim officer until a permanent, full-time officer is hired.