Thursday, June 9, 2011

Video Highlights From Dedication Of New Michigan College Of Optometry Building

Here are video highlights from the dedication ceremony for the new Michigan College of Optometry building at Ferris State University.

The dedication took place Wednesday, June 9 in Big Rapids.

Don't Forget To Check Out What's Happening With The Ospreys

Keep up with what is happening with the ospreys at Ferris State University thanks to our unique Campus Osprey Cam.

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Five Ferris Gold Medal Recipients Honored at SkillsUSA Competition

Twelve Ferris State University College of Engineering Technology students participated in this spring’s Michigan SkillsUSA competition and five of the students emerged as gold medalists.

The Lansing-based competition gave the participating Ferris students an opportunity to showcase their skills in multiple areas of competition that ranged from advertising design to welding.

Kyle Thede, a sophomore from Big Rapids who is enrolled in Ferris’ CAD Drafting and Tool Design program, participated in the Technical Drafting contest. As a second-year participant in the statewide competition, Thede prepared for the contest as he had the prior year. He read manuals, books and practiced related exercises. With his spring semester largely dedicated to contest preparation, Thede was still surprised by the competition’s challenging nature.

“It was pretty difficult to take the problem that they gave us,” he said. “It wasn’t what I was expecting. It was basically a stress test.”

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Question of the Month: Kid Rock and the NAACP

June 2011

You gave a thought-provoking presentation at the NAACP's forum on hate. But I have to say that I was a bit disappointed that you did not mention that the organization was giving an award to Kid Rock the following day. He performs with confederate flags on stage.

--Eller Jones - Detroit, Michigan

Kid Rock in Concert

A: I shudder to think what race relations in the United States would be like had not the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and others – for example, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Congress of Racial Equality, and National Urban League – worked to gain civil rights for African Americans and other minorities. From its inception in 1909, the NAACP has been a leader combating injustice; you need look no further than its courageous battle against lynchings in the first half of the 20th century, and its sustained fight against forced racial segregation and institutionalized racism. The NAACP has an earned reputation as an organization committed to social justice. For these reasons, I have a great deal of respect for the NAACP.

When I heard that the Detroit branch of the NAACP was honoring Kid Rock (born Robert James Ritchie) with a "Great Expectation Award" at its annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner, I was, in a word, befuddled. The NAACP is a politically liberal organization dominated by Christians. The organization has a long history of fighting racism, including racist imagery. Kid Rock is a politically right-leaning, hard-partying hedonist, who regularly performs with an oversized Confederate flag – "True it is," wrote Charles Dudley Warner in 1850, "that politics makes strange bedfellows."

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