Torch News Briefs

Ferris Theatre presents Ajax in Iraq

The Ferris State University spring theatre production, Ajax in Iraq, will debut April 3-6 in Williams Auditorium.

The show begins at 8 p.m. from April 3-5 and 2:30 p.m. on April 6. Cost is $5 for students, $7 for seniors and $10 for adults.

The show’s subject matter is very serious. It involves current war situations and the lives of today’s soldiers, especially women in the military. Viewer discretion is advised.

For more information, contact Katherine La Pietra at 231-591-2108 or

Money Smart Week

Ferris State University will bring Money Smart Week to students April 7-12.

The national financial literacy campaign will provide fun and educational events.

At 7 p.m. on April 7 in FLITE 240, students can learn how to manage finances, credit and debt.

The “Get Real” event features an interactive game that simulates real-life economic situations. It will take place at 4 p.m. on April 9 in FLITE 240.

Also, students have the opportunity to win a $250 scholarship at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 10 in FLITE 240 during a discussion about the previous week’s events.

For more information, visit

Run for a Roof 5K

The Run for a Roof 5K race will take place at 2:30 p.m. on April 6 at River Street Park in Big Rapids. The event will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Mecosta County.

Registration and check-in will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the race will begin at 2:30 p.m. The registration fee is $20 and shirts will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

For more details, contact Stephen Vear at

Student awarded plastics scholarship

Ferris State University’s Hannah Morris was one of 20 students to receive the DME Plastics University $1,000 scholarship.

The Plastics Engineering Technology freshman from Lake Odessa received the award based on her interest in plastic-related careers and her advanced skills in mold-making and plastics.

To find out more about Morris, visit

Michigan Legislature could make college education ‘free’

Michigan Legislators are looking at a plan that would potentially allow students to attend college for ‘free’. In return for the free tuition, a fixed percentage of students’ future income for a number of years would be put into a special fund that would pay for other students’ tuition bills. Although more than 20 states are looking at similar propositions, Michigan is likely to pilot the program.

For more information about The Supporting Michigan and Retaining Talent Act, visit