Friday, February 4, 2011

Rube Goldberg Regional High School and College Competition

The National Challenge, Watering a Plant.

The competition is to complete this challenge in as many steps as possible within the rules and guidelines that Rube Goldberg sets forth.

The event is on Saturday, Feb. 12 in Wink Arena from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Rube Goldberg Competition Committee are hosts of the challenge. Spectators are welcome at no charge.

Contact Tom Hollen at (231) 591-5282 for more information.

AIA Award Winning Project Display (Feb.26)

The Festival of the Arts will once again feature the American Institute of Architects' 2010 Institute Honor awards for Architecture.

The display is held at Artworks on Feb 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event includes achievements in a broad range of architectural activities, including regional and urban design and interior architecture.

The exhibit aims to elevate general quality of architectural practice, establish a standard of excellence, and inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural achievements.

Admission is FREE, hosted by the Festival of the Arts Planning Committee.

Artworks is located at 106 N. Michigan Ave.

For more information contact Bruce Dilg at (231) 591-2488.

Bring A Little, Taste a Little- Luau Themed Dinner (Feb. 16)

Put on your UGLIEST tropical gear and attend of a Luau Themed dinner.

Dinner will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 6-9 p.m. in FLITE 438.

Bring a dish to share as well as your ugliest Hawaiian shirt or outfit, an ugly contest and a limbo are only a few of the themed events offered.

The event is sponsored by the Office of International Education.

For more information contact Shana Beisiegel at (231) 591-2824.

Big Band Dance Night on Feb. 12

Enjoy dancing or sitting and listening to the swing era tunes performed by Flat River Big Band of Greenville.

The event is held at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 7 to 11 p.m.

This is the fourth debut at the Festival of the Arts for the Flat River Big Band which was formed in 1981.

The Flat River Band's repertoire includes well-known selections from the famous jazz bands of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and the Dorsey brothers, while also offering contemporary music.

Fronted by trumpeter Jeff Ayres and announcer Bob Gould, the band has appeared in countless summer music festivals throughout western and central Michigan.

The event is FREE, sponsored by the Festival of the Arts Planning Committee.

Contact Bruce Dilg at (231) 591-2488 for more information.

Raku Pottery Workshop (Feb. 18)

Come join potter and face jug artist Dan Norton for a day of sculpting in clay.
There are 2 workshops including hands-on lessons in sculpting face jugs at Artworks on Friday, Feb. 18.
Session one is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. intended for beginners. Session two is from 2 to 5 p.m. intended for experienced sculptors.
Space is available for 12 participants, of all ages at each workshop.
Students are encouraged to bring their finished projects to Big Rapids' "Clay, Art & Fire" exhibit on June 18 and 19 for glazing and Raku firing.
Neither experience nor fees are required to join. Tools, clay and material will be provided.
Creations from both classes will be stored until dry and bisque-fired at Artworks for pick up later. Artworks is located at 106 N.Michigan Ave.
This event is sponsored by the Festival of the Arts Planning Committee.
Contact Bruce Dilg at (231) 591-2488 or Pat Keeter at (231) 796-2420 for more information.

Rockin' The Rooftops Band Audition on Feb. 11

Got a band? Want to play in a show on Ferris State University campus? Come audition!

4 local bands are going to be accepted to play at Habitat for Humanity's Rockin' The Rooftops Charity Concert!
Auditions will be held on Feb. 11 between 7 and 9 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room. Demo Cd's are accepted.
Contact Katey Way at (517) 388-9190 to deliver your music and qualify as an audition NO LATER THAN 10 p.m. on Feb. 11.

If your band is chosen, the official concert day is Feb. 25th in the Rankin Dome Room at 7 p.m.
This is a great way to get known on campus, sell merchandise, and help raise money for a cause.

The event is in honor of Habitat for Humanity, all proceeds will benefit the organization.
Contact Katey Way at (517) 388-9190 for more information.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tailgate on Ice

Ferris Alumni invite you to a hockey tailgate party!

The tailgate is located at the Ice Arena Sports Complex, Multi Purpose Room on Friday, Feb. 18 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.

The Alumni Association is hosting family fun before the Bulldogs face off against Notre dame, offering snacks, beverages and inflatables for kids.

$15 per person includes game ticket, parking and tailgate party.

$5 per person includes tailgate-only party for Blueline Club and season ticket holders.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, Feb. 11 by contacting Amy at (888) 378-3647.

The event is hosted by the Alumni Association.

Call Amy Packard at (231) 591-3815 for more information.

Student Homecoming Chair Positions Available

Do you want to follow tradition or help make tradition?

The following Student Homecoming Chair Positions are available:
  • Parade
  • Kickball
  • Comedian
  • Bed Sheet Banner
  • Dance/Alumni Reception
  • Bonfire
If you are interested apply by Friday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m

Drop the application off at the Office of Student Leadership & Activities (Rankin 164) and sign up for an interview.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Question of the Month: Removing the N-Word from Huck Finn

Here is Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia Question of the Month for February 2011:

February 1, 2011

Q: Huck Finn is a classic and now some liberal do-gooder wants to tarnish it by removing the so-called N-word. Funny how I hear this word everywhere I go. What's next, taking the word Jew out of the Merchant of Venice?

--Kyle Rumstead - Tucson, Arizona

Huck Finn A: The removal of the n-word from Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn has caused complete outrage, shock, and outcries of sorts all across the American landscape. If the term is removed from historical texts, which were written during and work to convey the reality of the times - depicting the distorted face and broken planes of America's overall past psyche, how can we expect children to learn real history, and hence, the meaning and importance of societal progress, if it is sanitized or veiled ... resonates from the voices of the malcontent.

I agree with those who are concerned about history being distorted and sanitized, but my concerns extend far beyond Huckleberry Finn. As belated scholar Dr. Asa Hilliard would constantly say about present day historical literature, "We have a truth problem." Indeed we do! The effort should not be to erase the past, but to embrace it - in all its good and bad - and learn from it, leaving the negative aspects in the past, not erasing them.

The effort should be to show our current generations the ignorance that was acted out in the past, the sickness the use of the n-word bores in all, and how to effectively proceed today by eradicating the n-word from their use. The truth in history is suppose to make us stronger and serve as a fundamental building block for improvement, however, when one looks at Hip Hop culture, the opposite is manifested.

The truth of the matter is that when it comes to slavery and the n-word, history has ALWAYS been sanitized and distorted in efforts to lighten the deliberate blows of hate, hostility and genocide that were carried out against blacks. It's as if the historians are saying slavery was bad, but not that bad. Honestly, it is somewhat an irreverence to be sanctimonious about the removal of the n-word from Huck Finn and fail to exhibit the same concerns about American history overall.

In the time when Mark Twain wrote the classic, slaves were not perceived as having the same human qualities as whites. Even though "n**ger" has always been used as a derogatory term, it became so commonly accepted that it was used synonymously with the word "slave" or just common reference to blacks. As such, it rolled just as easily off the tongue of Jim as it did of Huck and society in general.

Just as with today's contemporary blacks, the n-word rolls off the tongues of many rather easily and effortlessly. However, the problem is that blacks tend to forget or downplay the original meaning of the n-word as it applied to their ancestors. A "n**ger" was looked upon as lacking human qualities, 3/5 of a person, sub-human and a bestial savage beast who needed to be tamed. N**ger was symbolized as something inferior to the rest of humankind, a place where anyone of black origin belonged. Hence the phrase, don't forget your place, n**ger. Black African Americans who embraces the term makes a mockery of the sacred memories, struggles and sacrifices of their dearly beloved ancestry.

To be succinct, mentally and emotionally scarred descendants of slavery are so severely psychologically disturbed that they have become immune to the idea of debasing themselves and think nothing of defining themselves with a word that is drenched in ignorance, death, terror and bloodshed. Excuses that are being tendered, otherwise, serves as testimony of a lack of intestinal fortitude to deal with reality.

As irony would have it, Mark Twain illustrates a point that a truly free person would never want to wear the name given to him by someone who hates him. And I repeat - a TRULY free person - which is very significant. A point seemingly lost upon today's black users of the pejorative term and those who condone such use.

Many rap artists like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and a host of others use the word in their music to supposedly entertain their audiences. Their songs may seem harmless because they use the word in a context of camaraderie and friendship. However, there are inherent and chilling similarities to the self-destructive messages in gangsta rap and the indoctrination techniques used in the days of chattel slavery to corrupt the minds of an enslaved race of people.

The founder of BET made a fortune by spreading a culture of gangster rap, with its glorification of violence, denigration of women, saggin' pants, use of the n-word and the perpetuation of a dysfunctional vocabulary that all but ensured that countless young Black people will never be able to get through a job interview. Not a murmur of concern erupted from the Black community; the n-word is removed from Huck Finn and the floodgate opens up denouncing the dismissal of the incorrigible term; this goes beyond the comprehension of logic.

The Huckleberry Finn "n- word" episode pales in comparison to perhaps the most blatant distortion and sanitization of history. Much about the n-word's sinister history has been suppressed and erased from the academic approved history books limiting at least 95% of contemporary Americans' knowledge of the word as being nothing more than a racial slur, to demean, degrade and insult.

N**ga which is a ghetto vernacular for n**ger is so stigmatized that trying to redefine it suggests that all the death, terror, bloodshed and mental abuse associated with it never happened. But the fact is it did. Hip hop culture serves as a shining example of what happens when one is left in the dark about their history, a history that has been sanitized and distorted.

He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it. There was not only a physical enslavement of a people, but the aspect regarding the barbaric and brutal methods used to MENTALLY enslave them as well, has been whitewashed, sanitized and virtually expunged from the teachings of American history. Where is the outcry and concern? Does it need to be pointed out that mental enslavement is the worst form of slavery?

Millions of Black African Americans - men, women, AND children - were viciously beaten, raped, castrated and/or murdered and categorizing them as n**gers in some twisted way was suppose to make all committed acts okay. Clearly, a 300-year African-American Holocaust took place and yet the term is not being used anywhere in American History; there has been no out break of hysteria, remove the n-word from Huck Finn and you would think the sky is falling. The hypocrisy of it all is asphyxiating.

There is a blanket of sorts enveloping certain aspects of slavery and the n-word with the blessings of both black and white America simply because they can't handle the pain of it all. This quandary makes it even more paramount to understand the pain that black children, whenever grossly outnumbered in a classroom, are experiencing - having to suffer through a reading of Huck Finn, and how unfair it is to subject them to such an ordeal. Why is it that so many Black African Americans are willing to sacrifice their very own in their anxiety to preserve and protect their use of the scurrilous n-word (n**ga)?

February 2011 response courtesy of H. Lewis Smith, Founder/CEO, United Voices for a Common Cause -

For more information about the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, visit the official website at

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

State of the Student Union Address

Student Government President, Morgan Toms holds State of the Union Address.

Toms is speaking today, Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the Dome Room at 7 p.m.

Toms will be addressing students of what the Student Government has been doing and upcoming plans for the 2010-2011 school year.

Look forward to seeing you there!

New Student Receptions, held Feb. 1 through Feb. 16

Ferris State University is hosting New Student Receptions.

The following is a list of reception dates available:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids
  • Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the Interdisciplinary Resource Center, Ferris State
  • Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Baronette Renaissance, Novi
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Dearborn Inn, Dearborn
Doors open at 6 p.m. RSVP is needed:

New Student Receptions are an informal evening opportunity for upcoming students and family to gather information about Ferris State University. It is designed for students to visit with Ferris administrators and staff and also hear from our campus specialists in the areas of Financial Aid, College Costs, Scholarship Opportunities, Dining Services, Residence Life & Housing, Orientation and Student Leadership/Activities.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 31, 2011

From the President's Desk: Welcome To The Two Newest Trustees

Here is a note from the desk of Ferris State University president David L. Eisler welcoming two new members to the Board of Trustees:
It is a pleasure to welcome former Ferris trustee Gary Granger, and Ferris alumnus Paul Boyer to the University’s Board of Trustees. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments last week. Boyer and Granger replace outgoing board members R. Thomas Cook and Jim Haveman. Once they are confirmed by the legislature, the new trustees’ terms will run through Dec. 31, 2018.

Both Gary Granger and Paul Boyer have a long association and engagement with Ferris, making them wonderful choices for our board. I am grateful to Governor Snyder for these choices and for his willingness to work with the University on these appointments. Board chairman Ron Snead also expressed his appreciation, saying,

“It is a pleasure to welcome Gary Granger back to the board and to have Paul Boyer, a Ferris distinguished alumnus, joining us. Both are familiar with Ferris, and I look forward to their input, insight, commitment and the contributions I am confident they will make to the board and the university.”

Gary Granger is president, founder and owner of Granger Group, a national design-build and development group. His community outreach includes service on the Van Andel Institute Board of Governors and the Lansing Christian School board, among others. He was first appointed to Ferris State’s Board of Trustees by Michigan Gov. John Engler in 2001 and served until 2008. The Granger Group has established partnerships and relationships leading to a portfolio of more than $700 million in successful developments in West Michigan and throughout the state.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado and is a 1992 graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Program. His son, Jason, is a 2004 graduate of Ferris’ College of Business and served as Student Government president.

Paul Boyer earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Ferris in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University. He began his career at Meijer Inc. 39 years ago, serving in multiple leadership positions including president and chief executive officer, and currently is vice-chair of the Meijer Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the Ferris 1992 Distinguished Alumni Award and 2005 Honorary Doctorate in Business and Industry. He is a former member of the Ferris Alumni Association Board of Directors and co-chair of Ferris’ Commission on the Future. His wife, Cathy, also earned a degree from Ferris.
In addition to his corporate board work with Meijer and Topco Associates, Boyer serves on the boards for Goodwill Industries, J.E.M. Mentoring and The League, a non-profit education organization.

Please join me in welcoming our new trustees, and also expressing our sincere thanks and appreciation to the years of service Tom Cook and Jim Haveman contributed to the University. I am grateful to them for their strong leadership for our Board and University during their tenure as trustees.
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