Torch News Briefs

Women’s History Month

Ferris State University will celebrate Women’s History Month March 3 – 31. All month, the Women in the Workforce case display will be in FLITE and Williams Auditorium. The Global Woman banner display will be in the IRC Connector. The displays will highlight female workers, gender norms, women’s rights, as well as profiles of current Ferris students.

Other events, such as video screenings and keynote speaker presentations, will take place. All events will center on the diverse roles of women in society.

For a full list of events and more information, visit or the Virutal Women’s Center at

Student Government approves funding

Ferris State University’s Student Government Association approved allocations to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Social Work Association at their meeting Feb. 25.

The Alpha Phi Alpha requested funding to bring Kevin Powell, an American political activist, to speak at a “Gold Mind Conference” on April 10. The $3,737.74 request was approved by the General Assembly.

Also approved was $6,999.99 to help the Social Work Association bring Herman Boone, the real-life coach depicted in the film “Remember the Titans” to Ferris next fall.

For more information about student government, visit

Ferris Pride Spring Break contest

Ferris State University Pride Committee is holding its second annual Ferris Pride Spring Break photo contest. To participate, students can take a picture while on spring break wearing Ferris apparel. The top three submissions will receive prize packages containing Ferris-branded gear. The contest is open to all Ferris students.

More information including contest rules can be found at

Big Rapids’ Kmart closing in June

The Big Rapids Kmart store is scheduled to close in June.

The closing of the discount department store will result in a loss of nearly 50 jobs.

Many Kmart stores are closing across the United States. According to company spokesman Howard Riefs, the stores are closing to reduce expenses, adjust assets and help the transformation of their business model.

Indie folk band performing at the Rock

The Speedbumbs, an award-winning band from Ohio, will perform on March 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the Rock Café.

The Indie folk band is known for mixing hollow bodied, complex instrumentals with honest and intelligent lyrics.

Besides admission into The Rock Café, there is no additional charge to view the show.