Torch News Briefs

Ferris rises in recent university rankings

Ferris State University was listed at No. 16 in “U.S. News” and the “World Report” ranking of midwestern regional public universities in 2013.

While many variables make up each college or university’s final ranking, the three largest factors are undergraduate academic reputation, student retention and faculty resources. 

This gain of 11 places from 2012 is largely due to individual student achievement. Ferris’ four, five and six-year gradation rates have seen increases since 2001.

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Homecoming week concludes Saturday

The Bulldog Beach Bash raps up Saturday, Oct. 5. The action-packed day begins with the Homecoming 5k at 9 a.m. at the UREC.

The annual parade in downtown Big Rapids starts at noon and will feature floats made by RSOs, resident halls, community members and Ferris departments.

The homecoming football game between the Ferris State Bulldogs and the Saginaw Valley Cardinals begins at 2 p.m. at Top Taggart Field.

The tailgate prior to the game will take place in Lot 37, immediately west of Top Taggart Field. The Colleges of Business, Pharmacy, Arts and Sciences and Education will have tents set up. The College of Engineering Technology Chili Cook Off begins at noon.

Women in Sports Day

Ferris State Athletics will be hosting Women in Sports Day Friday, Oct. 4.

This event includes watching the Ferris women’s soccer, softball and volleyball teams.

The $10 attendance fee also includes dinner at The Rock Cafe.

This event is meant to encourage a healthy lifestyle through life-long sports. Females of any age and their guardians are welcome to partake in the activities.

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Domestic abuse survivor coming to Ferris

Teri Jendusa Nicolai will be sharing her story of abuse on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Williams Auditorium.

Nicolai has survived physical abuse and attempted murder by her ex-husband. Her story has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, on national talk shows and in newspapers around the country. Nicolai hopes sharing her tragedy will bring awareness to domestic violence.

Entertainment Unlimited will host this 5-star event. For more information, call ext. 2610.

Architecture, sustainability students create ArtPrize piece

Ferris’ Architecture and Sustainability graduating class of 2013 has a submission in ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Their project titled, FORTY-ONE 32 will be on display in the Western Michigan University building until Oct. 6.

Made from 4,132 reused plastic bags, this hanging installation is meant to exhibit sustainability. Visitors interacting and moving through the art are stimulated to understand how everyday objects could be made to create an immersive environment.

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