Torch News Briefs

Free TIPS Certification

Ferris State University’s Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services will host TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.

TIPS is designed to train students to deal with alcohol-related situations and give students the tools necessary to help others in need.

The training session is free to Ferris students, unless the student is participating due to judicial or university sanction.

Registration can be completed through OrgSync at

The Big Event mandatory meeting

On March 24 at 5 p.m., the Big Event volunteer meeting will be in Business 111. Attending one informational meeting is mandatory for the main contact of each group and all participants signing up as an individual. Multiple meeting times and dates have been established to ensure everyone can attend.

Dates, times and locations for all meetings can be found on the campus calendar. For questions contact Amanda Jewell at

Women’s History Month celebrated with expo

The Office of Multicultural Student Services will host the Tribute to Women Expo March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. in IRC 120 and the IRC Connector. The event will include panel discussions, student presentations, local businesses, nonprofit and RSO vendors.

This is one of many events OMSS is holding in celebration of Women’s History Month. It is free and open to the public.

For more details, visit or

Karmin and Reel Big Fish headlining Ferris Fest

Karmin and Reel Big Fish will headline at Ferris State University’s Ferris Fest. The festival on April 26 will begin at noon and continue until 6 p.m. Unlike previous years, the concert event will take place at the Frank Karas West Campus Intramural Fields.

The event is free to Ferris students. For more information visit

Big Rapids ranked 47 as safest Michigan city

Big Rapids was named one of the top 50 safest cities in Michigan by Ranked at 47, Big Rapids was noted for having no homicides or robberies reported in 2012. The home security website said Big Rapids’ strong community gives residents and visitors the sense of safety.

Safe Wise based ranking on 2012 FBI crime statistics. All Michigan cities with at least 10,000 residents were considered for the list.

A full list of cities can be found at

Ferris Police presents free Womens zelf defense class

Ferris Police will host Women’s Self Defense Training in RAD Rape Aggression Defense. Women can learn how to avoid dangerous situations, know how not to become a victim, and how to fight off an assailant if need be. This training is open to women age 13 and older. The RAD training will take place on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday March 23 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the West Commons DPS Building. Participants must attend both sessions. Contact FSU Police at 231-591-5000 to sign up.