Ferris State Live was a weekly documentary program that aired on Fox 32 News of Cadillac every Thursday at 10:30 PM as part of Fox's 10:00 News programming block. In January of 2010, its Fall 2009 volume of its 2009-2010 season wrapped up, leading to new episodes being scheduled to carry through the season to its finale in May of 2010 before beginning a season anew in fall of 2010. The Dozerfleet founder was one of many participants in the spring lineup's production team. The show itself was later replaced with Ferris Out Loud, which focused on making the hosts and backgrounds more entertaining, with a shorter intro.
The Fall 2009 Advanced Class was rotated along a matrix of crew positions every week to produced a total of 27 episodes for the school year, but only produced 13 episodes for the fall semester. In spring of 2010, the latter 14 episodes were assigned to a new crew, with a new rotation matrix. Shows did not have episode titles per se, and were merely listed by numeric sequence and by production/air date.
1. The Outreach Bird is the Construction Word
|Production date||Original airdate|
|September 14th, 2009||September 17th, 2009|
|Technical director||Tyler Bedgood|
|Stage manager||Jacob Pauwels|
|Camera crew||Ben Howell, Sam Osentoski, and Jessica Oelke|
|Audio engineer||Dan Culpepper|
|Video engineer||Justin Proper|
|Show timer||Callie Thomas|
President Eisler opened things up by stating what an honor it was for him to be on the show alongside Scott and Leah. Leah then proceeded to mention that they were opening the show whilst simultaneously celebrating the school's 125th anniversary. Eisler went on to talk about how Woody and Helen were big on "providing opportunity," which he believes became part of the school's core mission. Leah brings up how in the spring previous, Ferris hosted its own version of the Big Event, which was said to be highly successful. Eisler added in that this was just one of many ways that Ferris students have stated to him that they would like to be involved in the area. Leah commented from there that several of those programs have been cut, even as demand for them rose. The segment ended with Eisler reminding Sandy and Leah that without a good faculty and a good curriculum, there was no sense in having a school regardless whatever else it offered. The second guest, Miles Postema, continued with Eisler's speech earlier, adding details about various events surrounding the campus as pertained to volunteer work. Leah went on to talk about the exponential growth of Ferris' Big Event, and mentioned a barbecue.
When Scott and Sandy teamed up for their first segment, their immediate first point of interest was The Rock Cafe. They, like many others around campus, were impressed by the success of its renovation. Scott followed up by talking about an increase in enrollment on campus, to which Sandy credited the faculty for making a hard effort towards that improvement in enrollment. Afterwards, Sandy began to talk about how the East Campus Apartments were torn down, to be replaced by newer apartments that felt more like homes than dormitories. Finally, Scott and Sandy finished with a plug for Ferris' new Facebook material.
2. Fritz and the Footballs
|Production date||Original airdate|
|September 21st, 2009||September 24th, 2009|
|Technical director||Thomas Wilson|
|Stage manager||Sam Osentoski|
|Camera crew||Jessica Oelke and Ben Howell|
|Audio engineer||Tyler Boldoc|
|Video engineer||Jacob Pauwels|
|Show timer||Thomas Saelens|
|Stage lighting||Brandon Danowski|
Leah began by welcoming Fritz Erickson, the vice president of academic affairs, to the show. He responded by informing Leah and later Scott about just how much fun it was for him to transition to Ferris from over in Wisconsin. Afterwards, Fritz commented on how impressed he was by the Big Event, and the volunteerism involved with it. After a few questions, he elaborated on how he runs into someone he knows quite often at the grocery stores.
Claire mentioned to Leah all the various events that she oversaw as Student Government president. When Scott inquired how one would get involved, Claire suggested the best way to get information was at the Student Government front desk, or at the website. She quickly made a plug for "Blues and Barbecue," stating that it was founded in 2008 as a way to raise scholarships for students in honor of a deceased former Student Government member.
Leah followed up by talking about the Big Event some more, mentioning that there were over 700 volunteers involved in it. Claire reminded Leah that Ferris' Big Event is inspired by the Texas A&M Big Event. She finally mentioned how grateful the townsfolk were, and finished up by promoting the Holiday Food Drive.
Scott began with the Grand Valley game, and Sandy was pumped for Ferris football while wondering what kind of season the team would have. He mentioned that the Bulldogs had a rough start, losing in a 17-10 game.
Sandy then argued that the Bulldogs needed to forget about their loss to Grand Valley, and take out their aggression and frustration during their then-upcoming Northern Michigan. He also discussed the Cross-Country event, and mentioned that the volleyball team was having more luck than the football team. Scott and Sandy finished by discussing Heritage Month and some of the festivals happening around campus at that time.
3. Hate Walls and Ballparks
Bryan Lochan, an RA in Brophy/McNerney Halls, discussed a diversity program on campus that involved the building and subsequent tearing down of a "wall of hate," where students would get to write on the blocks various slurs they've been hurt with, so that eventually, the wall could be torn down. The wall was an open event to the entire community, not just to Ferris students.
Brandi came on to talk about the 5th/3rd Bank-sponsored Battle at the Ballpark, which was scheduled for October 3rd. Scott and Leah wondered how that was coordinated, and Brandi assured them that 5th/3rd was actually very cooperative. Leah ensured former Ferris students that the event was ideal for Grand Rapids residents.
Brandi eventually gave a plug for the Alumni Office home page, saying it was the ideal place to go to check for various sponsored alumni-relevant events.
Ticket prices for Battle at the Ballpark were $5 for students and $10 for the general public. Focus on the sports end of things switched to Women's Tennis; and Sandy commented on them having good seating.
Scott also mentioned that volleyball was doing well, to which Sandy replied that he believed volleyball would be "a roller coaster" for Ferris.
4. It's Just Lust, Jim
"It's Just Lust, Jim" was produced on October 5th and aired on October 8th of 2009. Katie Edwards, a senior volleyball player, came on to talk about building wells in Africa. She claimed she was raising a donation asking for a penny for each well.
Sex and the College Student specialist Dr. Robert Friar came on to talk about sex; but also to talk about brain chemistry on love. He claimed that he first got into the program because the college wanted someone to teach a course on STDs. However, Friar got into the psychology of love and lust and started teaching on those subjects as well, since he found students were desperate for answers on these topics and on their own dysfunctionality in relationships. Compared to that topic, STDs alone were "boring."
Tapping into neurobiology for answers, Friar recalls discussing how the hypothalamus works. He relates that to how susceptible a brain in love with the idea of being in love can become to suggestion when under the influence of hypothalamus-dominant thinking and brain wiring. When asked if students are facing the same issues concerning their sexuality as what they did 20 years ago, Friar responded that it's taken on new dimensions. However, while the issues have taken on new dimensions and students face them to a greater extent than before, the same core issues are still in place.
Friar blames this on teen-aimed programs in TV and advertising primarily, but also elsewhere, that send mixed messages to teens. No message is worse than the mixed message. He also blames it on the fact that parents are too embarrassed to be forthcoming with their almost-grown kids about sex, including all the little details of it. Therefore, kids seeking answers look to the streets for information. They may get a lot from the streets, but with any sort of sound values system filtered out long in advance.
After a long detour, Friar was able to state the obvious to audiences: What many who are young think is love, when analyzed, is really little more than lust. Meanwhile, the Wyoming Whitecaps allowed their baseball field, Fifth/Third Stadium, to be temporarily transformed from a baseball park into a football field so Ferris could play there for a special event.
5. Poor Homecoming
"Poor Homecoming" was produced on October 12th and aired on October 15th of 2009.
Carla Miller came on to talk about the Ferris Foundation, what it is, and that it had been in operation for 19 years already.
Sandra Winchell, a biology major, came on to talk about organizing Box City. It had something to do with Habitat for Humanity. She went on describing how hard it is to build a house. She also states that where a normal construction worker would put one nail, HfH puts five. Much of the time as she talked, her tongue ring provided a distraction to viewers.
"Homecoming's here for real this time!" is all Scott had to say.
"Yeah! A lot's gonna happen!" Sandy replied.
There was also some interspersed footage of a dancing Spider-Man and a bonfire. A parade added to the excitement.
6. Beating a Mildly Diverse Horse
"Beating a Mildly Diverse Horse" was produced on October 19th and aired on October 22nd of 2009.
Lo and behold, Michael Wade showed up. He was Assistant Director at the Office of Multicultural Students Services. And he came to talk about...da da da da! Diversity. Yep. What else?
Feell chill, and mellow, as Director Dr. Jospeph Lipar of the Card Wildlife Education Center rattles on about the oodles of preserved wild critters on display in what most students call simply: "the stuffed animal museum." He gives hours open, days a week open, etc.
Take Back the Night was discussed. It's a program where women with pickett signs shout: "Give money, so men stop raping and beating us." It's a good thing because...they can speak as a mob. They're scared that speaking individually will just bring on more beatings and rape; by some unknown mythical hood who's out for revenge, apparently. Scott complained about the days getting shorter.
7. Hilly Wall of Famous Bulldog Kids
"Hilly Wall of Famous Bulldog Kids" was produced on October 26th and aired on October 29th of 2009.
Bill Scheible was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Music Industry Management Association Vice President Chris Jane showed up. He looked more like a bouncer than a VP. Chris likes Ferris' music program because students organize almost every part of a concert themselves; not common at most music schools.
Scott and Sandy chit-chatted some more about the Wall of Hate, where students got to write on bricks a the slurs that have ever applied to them. Meanwhile, Ferris is about to have a tough time. They've gotta face Hillsdale. And Hillsdale is no easy win.
8. Hillsdale Swallows a Pill Bug
"Hillsdale Swallows a Pillbug" was produced on November 2nd and aired on November 5th of 2009.
Dr. Ellen Haneline, Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences, came on to be guest speaker. She mentioned all the myriad ways that her program can help students, since health care was considered at the time to be the single most-booming industry. She seemed optimistic of the school acquiring a molecular diagnostics program, as well as the growth of administratium.
Prof. Dr. Phillip Watson came on to talk about bugs, and the place they hold in forensic science. He first had to clarify to Leah where Qatar is. In sports news, the Bulldogs got their clocks cleaned by Hillsdale's football team. Sandy put the best spin on it he could: the former-Ferris-coach-turned-Hillsdale-coach was on his way to great things, supposedly.
9. Veterans, Loans, and Volleyball, Oh My!
"Veterans, Loans, and Volleyball, Oh My!" was produced on November 9th and aired on November 12th of 2009.
Veteran's Program Specialist Paul Langdon spits and sputters his way through a discussion of how Ferris is "good for war veterans." Apparently, a man not at all afraid of running around in a field with machine guns surrounding him is completely terrified of being in front of a camera.
Sara Dew of the Financial Aid Office came on to introduce how to fill out a FAFSA.
Sandy meanwhile praised some lady for showing kids pamphlets that only vaguely gave them a vauge notion of what it's like to go to Ferris. Then they talked sports. Ladies' Volleyball was going okay.
10. Mr. Mayor, the Pow Wow Has Breast Cancer
"Mr. Mayor, the Pow Wow Has Breast Cancer" was produced on November 16th and aired on November 19th of 2009.
Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba took some time away from his normal routine to come on the show. Leah asked the mayor: "If Woody had to start Ferris all over again, would he choose to do it in Big Rapids?"
Warba's reply was: "Of course he would. Because the city likes that there school. They's practically one and the same anyway, am I right?"
Leah chimed in: "There's lots of volunteer work to be had."
Shameless plugs for Dump-and-Run and Festival of the Arts were inserted. The mayor then said: "Thanks all you kids for getting me reelected. Now if only I could get you on my board."
He went on to compliment local law enforcement for being so big in number and so efficient at squashing out the various drunks and vandals that plague Big Rapids.
Susan Hastings-Bishop came on to ramble about how "good for the community" her RLSW was, looking half-asleep the entire time. Leah was either interested, or seriously pretending to be.
"We do sports. We do this. We do that. We're important. We're good for the community," Susan insisted.
"You're good for the community," Leah parroted.
"We do stuff in Kentwood and Grand Rapids too," Susan expanded.
"We live on a peninsula," Scott chimed in.
"We service parks. And someone had to make parks. Yup. Someone had to make parks," was Susan's reply.
Scott: "It's getting cold outside. And the mayor got re-elected."
Sandy: "Diversity...diversity...diversity...Hispanic Month..."
A clip of the event showed a lady wearing a silly-looking dress to get Hispanic students "totally in the mood."
A pow wow followed, regardless of whether or not that made any sense.
Scott then wanted to talk about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After briefly touching on that, they discussed a theater production that can't be discussed here because the Dozerfleet copy of the video file was corrupted. They finished by saying: "Hockey did well in southern Ohio."
11. Missionaries Should Counsel Hockey
"Missionaries Should Counsel Hockey" was produced on November 23rd and aired on November 26th of 2009.
Mitch Robey, the His House minister for Ferris State, came on to talk about how some volunteer students from the ministry planned to go to Juarez and help Mexicans build real houses to live in. Apparently, many residents in Juarez were living in tents made out of cardboard boxes, papier-mâché and old newspapers. Other students in the past had built homes in Juarez before, and reported how rewarding it felt to know that they got to build a house. And didn't have to join a union or go to school for umpteen hundred years to get XYZ federally-recognized permit to authorize PCQ aspect of house building. The all-devouring Washington Regulation Machine doesn't factor in Mexico, apparently.
The first year, 14 students went down. That number grew to 58 at one point. Students often worked themselves to the bone, and were exhausted upon returning to school.
Chris Richmond came on to discuss the counseling center. They offer group as well as individual forms of counseling.
Counseling services covers incidents of many things including the following:
- Emotional issues
- Mental health issues
"The hockey team's doing well right now," commented Sandy in so many words and more. Scott found it worth noting that there weren't as many penalties being called as in previous years. They celebrated Brutus, the Bulldog mascot, turning 30. Men's basketball was struggling a little. With almost literally nothing else upon which to report, Scott and Sandy turned their attention to a local area food drive that was being put on by Student Government. A flyer urged viewers to contact Liz Cottrel about it.
There was also some mention of musical concerts and veteran memorial events happening in town.
12. Socially Recycle This Turkey
"Socially Recycle This Turkey" was produced on November 30th and aired on December 3rd of 2009.
It was Hall Director Carrie Rogers' turn to come on the show, and did she ever have anything to talk about. Facebook is everywhere, or so she claimed.
"Employers can see every dirty thing about you," Scott complained about the obvious.
"Perhaps," Carrie pointed out, "But if you engage in any behavior anywhere and a friend of yours has a Facebook, then employers can see you doing things your friends put up, whether or not you want it there. Don't count on your friends to always exercise sound judgment."
Facebook, as of the episode, had over 150 million users. And according to Nielson ratings, social networks have surpassed traditional e-mail in terms of how often these sites are visited. Facebook alone has a bigger population than Japan.
Later, the trio on stage brought up that businesses can actually benefit from social networking hype.
Angela Eick, the president of Ferris Recyclers, showed up to talk about her favorite RSO. She brought up that it was a hassle getting recycling programs started in each residence hall, but that they managed. Angela promised that in the future, there'd be better signs on recycling bins to remove any ambiguity about their specific purposes.
Leah pondered why there was a recycling program, to which Angela responded that it would be too inconvenient for students to recycle otherwise. In ten years, recycling in the US has doubled.
Scott and Sandy complained about eating too much turkey. Then they talked magazines. Crimson and Gold had been around forever, according to Sandy. Ferris Magazine, a twice-a-year publication, would take what Crimson and Gold already does and expand on it.
Finally, they rejoiced that the hockey team was doing well.
13. The Grinch Prefers MLK Day
"The Grinch Prefers MLK Day" was produced on December 7th and aired on December 10th of 2009.
Dr. Gregory Wellman of the pharmacy program came on to talk about the campus' big baby. He also brought up that pharmacists have to cross-reference a ton of bits of data about drugs to make sure nobody has an allergic reaction and dies.
An assistant to the Associate VP of Student Affairs came on. Sherry Hayes talked about graduations. She pointed out that some of the health students are only given the option to graduate in May—there are no December graduations available for them.
She also warned that students with outstanding loans need to ensure they have Exit Counseling.
Scott and Sandy yipped about diversity yet again. They also remarked about how Martin Luther King Week would be coming very soon to campus. Not a lot of Christmas spirit to be had for a show in December. One would think this was made in Japan, except even Japan is more end-of-year conscious. But nope. Diversity and hockey come first.
14. Diverse Sports and the Blasted Radio
"Diverse Sports and the Blasted Radio" was first aired on January 21st, 2010.
The school's 2010 Martin Luther King Day celebrations featured prominently, but in particular emphasis was placed on the fact that "MLK Day" at Ferris was more appropriately dubbed "MLK Week." Put on by the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS,) MLK Week celebrations began Monday, January 18th with the Annual Freedom March. Matt Chaney, director of OMSS, joined Scott and Leah to share his thoughts on the proceedings. The Freedom March happened on January 18th, starting at 3:00 PM and going until about 3:30. Students and public involved in the marching event began at the Merril/Travis Hall building on South Campus and marched to the Rankin Center building on North Campus.
MLK Day in particular was one of few days a year that the school's Jim Crow Museum was opened to the public. Celebrations continued on Tuesday, complete with an exhibit in the Rankin Center called "The Tunnel of Oppression." On Wednesday, events continued with The N*W*C* Show, which was a demonstration held over the impact racial and other slurs have had on language and interrelations. This was repeated on Thursday the 21st, along with with a Legacy Dinner and Awards show.
WBRN, the Big Rapids News and Talk Radio station, had their news director Paul Cicchini appear on Tuesday night to bring more attention to viewers of events that were going on in northwestern Michigan's radio market. He made a brief point also of the fact that News/Talk 1460 and Y-102.3 are affiliated with each other.
Most third segments of FSL end with a sports update. Given that Ferris' hockey team season began in January, Sandy spent most of his time in segment 3 discussing Bulldog Hockey game outcomes and announcing future games.
The episode was considered a success by most of its own production crew as well as by the instructor, Glen.
15. Cautiously Optimistic Crow Hockey
"Cautiously Optimistic Crow Hockey" was produced on January 25th and aired on January 28th of 2010.
Don Green, the Vice Chancelor and Dean of the College of Professional and Technological Studies, showed up as guest #1. He touched on how it's getting harder for graduates to find work; and that many students go into the school's medical programs knowing almost nothing about all the different positions that are available to them in a medical field.
He then switched topics slightly, stating in as many words as possible that genetics students are the next big thing. He even went as far as to recall a time he was in Florida, with various companies coming up to him and demanding to know when genetics interns would be available. Scott begged to know what undervalued majors are big wins for students, and Don's first answer was Business School. He mentioned Culinary Arts next. He also mentioned that programming was a very-fast-growing field, to which Leah agreed. Another field promoted was the ISI program, and how digital forensics are solving more crimes than ever before.
Hockey coach Bob Daniels narrates for Leah that Ferris hockey was doing pretty good overall, and that's in spite a few false starts in previous semesters. He described it as being "cautiously optimistic." He also argued that the off-season coaching students received has payed off. Leah wondered if community service helps team members perform better in their game. Bob bragged that the students were doing especially well, with most of them have about a 3.46 GPA. Bob went on to list all the past players that had gone on to notable things afterward. He once again praised the summer hockey camp.
Bob moved on to talk about CBS broadcasting Ferris hockey games, and how grateful he was for the media coverage that his team received. Scott inquired if CBS crews ever get in the way of game preparation. Bob's short answer was yes. He did say that both teams get confused; and he also brought up that players in the locker room behave differently when they know a camera is in there.
Leah finished the segment by reminding viewers of an (then) upcoming February 6th game.
"It's COLD!" Scott opened by complaining. Sandy followed up by talking hockey, particularly mentioning how well Ferris did against U of M in Big Rapids after suffering a 2-0 loss in Ann Arbor. In women's basketball, Northwood made a comeback for a win. The men's game won four games in a row.
Sandy switched to the Tunnel of Oppression and the Jim Crow Museum. Scott asked if anyone got tired of seeing the same things over and over again; and Sandy brought in that it's necessary to see a progression through time in diversity-related issues.
16. Screened Festivities
"Screened Festivities" was produced on February 1st and aired on February 4th of 2010.
Bob Buckingham, Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs, opened by talking about the Community Health Fair that was coming up. Leah asked: "What is it?" Bob replied that all the health-related majors would be showing up and offering free screenings to everyone. Scott wondered what screenings that meant, and Bob mentioned that random passersby could test for the following: glaucoma, high blood pressure, risk of diabetes, body mass index, and cancer risk tests. Immunization evaluations would also be a part of the menu.
Bob insisted that the screens are in fact free, and would be held in the hallway of Wink Arena, between hockey and basketball. Due to the screenings being so successful, they are held twice a year. Leah followed up that it was a great gimmick to get more public awareness of what the health field students are actually learning. Scott wondered if there'd be any literature available, and Bob assured them that there would be brochures available.
The three finished by talking about the new Michigan College of Optometry building that was going up. Bob joked about how his office had already been chosen for him. All were glad to see that most of the optometry clinic would be operating on the first floor, as opposed to the old school being on floors 5 and 6 in Pennock Hall.
Scott Cohen showed up, credited as being on the Festival of the Arts Board of Directors. He gave a brief history of who was in charge of it from time to time. What Scott pointed out a previous board member noted about the festival is that it was demonstrating a divide in Big Rapids. The north and south ends of Michigan Ave. were becoming two very different cultures that were arbitrarily segregating from each other rather than coming together meaningfully. Apparently, that was a problem that needed fixing.
February is the official month for having that festival, according to Scott, because February in Big Rapids is barbarically cold. The weather up there that time of year is also very dark and overcast. Therefore, he reasons, everyone gets cabin fever and it makes on-campus residents and townies even less likely to want to do anything with each other. Supposedly, an arts festival would counter-act that depression.
Leah brought up how amazed she was at the previous year's art festival. There was everything at it from music to sand sculpting. Scott brought up that all manner of artists of varying talents got to show up; not just experts.
Sandy said he likes that fact that many going to the festival that Scott Cohen mentioned come from all over Big Rapids; not just from on-campus residents. Scott Roman and Sandy both enjoyed that the Festival isn't limited to one type of art, nor to one building. Even the Blue Cow restaurant was participating. Sandy then began reiterating what the two Scotts had already covered, and urged once again that everyone should check out the Ferris website for more news about the festival.
Also, Sandy mentioned that a discussion of the Berlin Wall falling appealed to his memories of being in history class.
The two suddenly realized they hadn't mentioned sports at all, and changed subject to talk about men's basketball. Findlay posed a threat to the Bulldogs, but Sandy claimed that Ferris was starting to get its act together after losing to Northern. Sandy finished with saying that if Ferris could get into the Top Four of its region, it'd be doing okay.
17. Intelligence Optional
"Intelligence Optional" was produced on February 8th and aired on February 11th of 2010.
Dr. Greg Gogolin of Ferris's Information Security Intelligence program began the episode's first segment, talking about what the ISI is and where it came from. He began by stating that it has locations in Traverse City, Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, and elsewhere. He also stated that, unusual for a technical program, up to 40% of the ISI's enrollment consists of women. Students in ISI learn in particular the special skills of retrieving "lost" data from various forms of data storage, which includes cellphone records and even X-Box history in addition to traditional hard drive retrieval.
Greg went on to point out that ISI retrieval is so useful, that it can even be used to help school bus drivers determine the best routes to avoid the homes of known sex offenders. The field is also useful for helping businesses identify embezzlement cases, which usually involve a network of corruption and not just one conspirator. ISI data can also be used by corporations, which can take the data and use it to best analyze how to make for themselves the healthiest markets possible.
Leah eventually speculated on the potential growth of ISI as a field, and Greg responded by saying such growth would be "controlled" by the field being "highly competitive." He finished by talking about the great teachers that have joined him in the field, as well as various other opportunities students and others enjoy as a result of the ISI field. With more than enough to talk about, Scott was forced to wrap up and remind Greg that the segment they were in was out of time.
The school's coordinator of International Recruitment and Admissions, Luzia Tartari, begins by mentioning that the International office has three main divisions within its infrastructure. First of these mentioned was the, whose mission is to help Ferris Students with exchange programs involving universities in other nations.
The next topic Luzia touches on is International Advising, which gives exchange students who come to Ferris from other countries a place to go for advice on how to study at Ferris. Finally is International Recruitment, which is where international students go to apply. They get recommended to Advising only after Recruitment accepts them.
Luzia went on to make a point that international students at Ferris are often different in their mindset about the campus than domestic students. Whereas domestic students simply need to see an ad about academics and then they can consider going, international students usually need proof, according to Luzia, that they will feel comfortable studying in northwest Michigan.
Curious how the center finds these students in the first place, Leah inquired details of Luzia. She responded by pointing out that several countries will have "fairs" for universities from around the world to advertise, and that Ferris takes significant advantage of such fairs to promote itself to nations it'd like to see more exchange students come from. One common issue that she claims plague such students is that they fear going to live in an American town is going to be an extremely violent experience, since they are often only exposed to American culture via R-rated films that portray a world of absolutely nothing but sex and violence.
After a brief glitch, Scott and Sandy team up to talk about sports and more. Their first topic was the Image Awards, which Sandy then opined at great length to be "a great thing for acknowledgment to students..." After this finished, the two of them immediately switched focus to the basketball games against University of Findlay. It was Ferris' first major win after suffering a humiliating defeat to Hillsdale College. After then touching briefly on the women's game, Scott and Sandy theorized on what went on during the hockey game that week. As Sandy put it: "A few too many goals bounced their way, not our way."
This episode was considered by most to be fairly successful.
18. Woodycow Go
"Woodycow Go" was produced on February 15th and aired on February 19th of 2010.
Jodey Gardei, 125th Team Committee Member of the campus' Geocaching Team, joined guest Randy Shanks to talk with Leah about geocaching. Scott was not available for the first segment, so Leah had to go it alone. Leah had no idea what geocaching was, or acted like she didn't. But she did call it a "high-tech scavenger hunt." Jodey claimed it's exactly that. Several treasures have been discovered using GPS units. Leah then asked what the 125th team is all about. He explained that essentially, students are given coordinates to find that coincide with campus history. Following the coordinates, said students then learn bit-by-bit a tour of the campus' history. Leah's request for more explanation and for spoilers of the tour were denied.
Jodey inserted that participating students had their names thrown into a hat. From that hat, names would be chosen to see who could discover what first about campus history, based on where the coordinates they had led them. Winners got prizes. Leah grew curious about where the tour would start. To that end, Randy explained students would begin in the greater Big Rapids area and work their way back to the campus.
Leah then asked what kinds of things usually get dug up during the geocache hunt. According to Jodey, T-shirts and documents about campus history are the most common finds. Later on, Leah asked what students' favorite findings were. Randy argued that it's unfair to ask that question, since everyone gets something else out of the event. However, he believes the adventure itself is what makes it worthwhile for everyone.
The trio agreed on one thing right away: There'd be a lot more geocaching participants in May than in February. The adventure is fun when all that goes wrong are the coordinates. But when frostbite is involved, it's not so fun. Leah finally asked what the biggest handout prize is for geocaching winners, and Jodey responded that it'd be a big, fancy coin. There were 125 coins available, since it was the 125th Anniversary.
The FLITE library offers for students to borrow GPS units.
Bill Potter of the University College came on to talk about how his section of the university is keeping Woody's goals in mind. His first indicator to Leah was that there's still a tutoring center on campus that's continuing to go strong. Unlike some other colleges, Ferris offers it for free. And they claim they'll tutor for any subject, pending availability of a tutor for said subject. However that's more of a disclaimer than Bill lets on. Time management, which a lot of students never received in high school, has often times been the tutoring center's biggest focus. All incoming freshman are expected to take a one-credit class as well, one about time management. Freshmen getting D's are actually encouraged to hit the tutoring center ASAP.
Undecided students may receive a class called Career Exploration 102, leading them to a better decision in choosing a major. Trial semester students also use the tutoring center. However, the biggest program is for degree-ill-equipped students.
It's COLD out there! So began Scott complaining many times over about how cold it is up in Big Rapids. What's an athletic student to do in that shivering blizzard of northern wasteland? Hit the gymn, perhaps. Or go to Festival of the Arts, as Sandy pointed out. He even reminded Scott of how the Blue Cow Cafe had a jazz concert as part of the festival. Crossroads Charter Academy and Big Rapids High School also pitched in wherever they could. A few potters and what not showed off their pottery and ceramic artwork displays at the festival also.
Sandy predicted that Ferris Hockey, in spite doing well, would have a near-impossible time battling against Miami, as also would MSU. Alaska, Lake Superior, and U of M would also be vying to take over Ferris' spot of being tied with MSU. Scott plugged the Bulldog Athletics page for anyone curious about what was going on with either the hockey or basketball teams.
19. Torchy Seuss Killed the Gallery Star
"Torchy Seuss Killed the Gallery Star" was produced on February 22nd and aired on February 26th of 2010.
Kelsey Schnell, Editor-in-Chief of the, came on to talk about how the Torch began looking into new networking and more newsroom options. Leah wondered what top journalists look for today. Kelsey explained that in the past, anybody who could write a good story was considered good material for journalism. As of the 21st century, anybody who can master a particular medium of delivery of stories is considered a journalist, regardless of how well-written their stories are. Internet media are particularly capable of compensating for deficiencies in story writing, since hyperlinks provide endless opportunities for second opinions. Nevertheless, good application of snippets is expected to result in a good story being told.
Scott pondered on how journalistic credibility is checked, to which Kelsey replied that Torch editors are careful to overview "leaked" information to check its integrity. Along with a few other topics, one thing that was emphasized is that the Torch now has a Twitter account. Scott, Leah, and Kelsey finally joked that they would enjoy a class on messy desks.
Diane Cleland, Assistant Director of the Ferris Art Gallery, came on the show to talk about her role in art gallery operations. She made a point of how 2010's most popular exhibit up to that point was "The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss." Diane then mentioned that the gallery page at Ferris alerts visitors to current and upcoming exhibits. When asked by Scott, she explained that they occasionally have summer exhibits as well.
Scott tied in the gallery and the extended hours it has that Diane mentioned to Festival of the Arts. Leah inquired how Diane and Carrie set up for an exhibit; to which Diane responded that they sometimes have artwork delivered or sometimes have to go to the artist and pick up the artwork from there.
Scott and Sandy opened by discussing the Tailgate on Ice, as that was an event which happened during Ferris Hockey around the time that most were watching the Winter Olympics on NBC. After discussing the Ferris game against Michigan State, which led to a Ferris 4-1 victory, they proceeded to talk more about the Dr. Seuss exhibits and events on campus.
20. Basket Campus Enforcement
"Basket Campus Enforcement" was produced on Monday, March 1st and first aired on March 4th of 2010.
Mark Eichenberg, director of the Physical Plant at Ferris, came on to talk about various construction projects that had been started on campus. He opened by informing Leah that the Physical Plant is responsible for overseeing snow plow operations in the winter time and general grounds cleaning in the summer time, as well as doing building construction projects. Janitors in residence halls are also affiliated with Physical Plant operations, along with many other services on campus.
Scott and Mark then touch on how the best way to operate a Physical Plant-related project is to have staff be as "transparent" as possible in the process of maintenance. Scott even goes so far as to use a sports analogy: "If you see the official; he's doing a bad job." After briefly discussing efficiency of the plant's new technologies, focus shifted to the newbeing constructed on campus.
Mark claimed that the construction was in an effort to provide some luxury living for students who can afford it, as well as to cut down on energy costs for the school given better insulation being installed. Leah inquired about interior construction as well as wireless Internet options for the new apartments, and Mark did his best to guide her through what he knew of that in spite there being no B-roll of interiors. (Students are generally not allowed to get that close to construction projects.)
Next, the group discussed the new Optometry Building, complete with details about its construction and narrowly avoid reminding viewers of a controversy surrounding a worker that died while operating a large crane. Leah finally thanked Mark for coming on, and then the first commercial break segued.
In spite battling illness, Officer Joy Paquette arrived on the set for segment 2. Joy claimed that she was proud to have been a student at Ferris, and that Ferris has one of the best police academies in the country. Due to how it is structured, CJ students at Ferris are able to get their degrees a lot sooner than most CJ students at most campuses. Joy even encourages job shadowing for students interested in considering a law enforcement field.
Leah asked what women interested in the field should do, since the filed of law enforcement is predominantly male. Scott reminded viewers that he has a relative who is a cop. Joy also mentioned that her husband was a cop, just like her. Following up with that, Leah inserted a plug for the Ferris Police Memorial Ceremony, being held at May 11th of 2010 at 9:00 AM for fallen officers that had graduated from Ferris. (This is about the same time it was held the year before. ) Joy expanded that one officer that will be honored will be Jessica Wilson, who was ambushed while responding to a "noise complaint" on July 22nd of 2002.
Scott and Leah showed interest in the K9 unit, with Leah commenting that Ferris DPS more so than many other departments actually allows the public to meet their K9 unit up close. Joy also mentioned how hard Ferris' police work on improving their public relations, to let visitors to events know that "we're not the bad guys." Leah finally wrapped up by stating that Sandy would be on to talk sports after the commercial break.
Scott began talking to Sandy about the weather, as well as about how thewrapped up. Sandy commented that making such an event happen requires a lot of cooperation. In addition, Sandy brought up how subjective a lot of the "art" at the Festival of the Arts really was.
Concerning hockey, Sandy reminded Scott that Ferris looked forward to spring break as a chance to win back a lot of lost players, since rivalry games were upcoming.
While Buffalo Wild Wings certificates were being given away, Sandy complained that he was too busy to collect his. He even joked that he needed to hire someone to find those sorts of giveaway items for him.
Copies of this episode were burned to a total of 11 DVDs, two of which were data discs and the rest of which were playable video discs. They were burned using a program called Avid DVD by Sonic, and this episode is unique for having animated buttons on the play menu options. One DVD was kept by the Dozerfleet founder himself for records and for show. One copy was made for Scott, one for Leah and another for Sandy, and a copy was made for Mark while another was made for Joy.
Three playable copies were made for Glen, per standard procedure. A data disc containing the local version was made for Steve Cox, while Glen made for himself a copy of the Fox version so that he could deliver it to Fox 32 in Cadillac. Fox version's MPEG file was used to make this article with, while the local version was used for making all playable discs.
"Show 20" aired on Fox 32 at 10:30 PM EST, as part of the Fox Local News programming block.
This episode was hailed for how well its final elements came together. The Dozerfleet founder, who produced the show, expressed regret that there was no time to touch on the Women's basketball game. Instructor Glen expressed mild frustration for some of the director's cues, and worry that it took so long to get confirmation from guests. Otherwise, the show was deemed a successful way to segue the show's schedule into spring break.
21. Apart-Eyed Monologues
"Apart-Eyed Monologues" was produced on March 15th and aired on March 18th of 2010.
As Women's History Month made its way to the campus, committee member Andrea Beck-Jones came on to spill the beans concerning. She opened by referencing YBBW (You Beautiful Black Woman.) For readers who don't know, it's a gathering for all the black ladies on campus to get together and feel more important than everyone else. The 20th fashion show held by YBBW was upcoming.
Scott wondered if younger participants are reluctant. Andrea claimed that freshman are actually encouraged to "sit back and watch," then get involved later. Leah argued that since YBBW is a student organization, that a lot of students are involved anyway. She asked what ladies are going to feature for the month. Andrea mentioned that The Vagina Monologues were opening up on campus that year.
Some other small talk and chit-chat later, and they gave contact information to learn more about the Virtual Women Center.
Michael Cron, Dean of the Michigan College of Optometry, arrived to talk about his optimism for the new optometry building. Pennock Hall was supposed to be a temporary facility; but it became home to the school's optometry clinic for 33 years. Nearly everyone was breathing sighs of relief to see a promise kept via the new building being erected. Amidst heavy breathing, Cron announced his amazement that Pennock Hall served its purpose so well in spite being little more than a converted dorm. In answer to Leah's question, the first class to ever graduate out of Pennock Hall was about 20-some students. Later, the program was accepting up to 36 students per year. Cron promised Leah that if the market allows, then a new building could lead to more recruits.
Scott wondered if the new facility would significantly upgrade students' access to state-of-the-art tech; and Cron claimed it was a goal. He did say a new low-vision rehabilitation center would be added to the program, along with a few other things over time. Students would also have more internship opportunities with a new building. He followed up that the school has a good reputation, so residencies for students are not difficult requests.
In Round 2 of the CCHA Playoffs, Bulldog Hockey got to host Nebraska-Omaha, which Scott claimed could be "a tough time." Sandy responded that it was two nationally-ranked teams facing each other, and it was "a good thing" to see the Bulldogs able to make a few goals. Making it to the Joe Louis arena was a good thing for the Bulldogs, but Sandy warned their work was "not done yet."
Sandy quickly changed subject to Women's History Month, stating that the school is very proud of its contributions to that. Naomi Tutu's visit to Ferris to talk about Apartheid also made for a large attendance at Ferris, leading to Sandy touching on it as an additional topic.
22. Keep Your Carbon Off My Footprint
"Keep Your Carbon Off My Footprint" was produced on March 22nd and aired on March 25th of 2010.
Arn McIntyre, the Energy Center Coordinator, showed up to chit-chat about the Michigan Energy Conference. In answer to Scott's question, HVAC would be the focus that year. Arn claimed that HVAC's inventions would "have a significant impact" some time soon. He pointed to ferris.edu/energy for everyone to get more info.
Scott confronted the obvious question: "How does this affect anyone in particular?" Arn responded his workshops would bring in a gazillion different experts from different colleges to talk about "what you can do," without defining further.
Leah asked: "What about carbon footprints?" Arn replied: "I got someone coming who's gonna define what that is." He then went on to say that he wants messages to feel "less commercialized," so he argued he was bringing in colleges to make his statements have more academic cred. Arn even mentioned someone would be speaking on updates to Energy Star.
A closing title card let viewers know that the Energy Conference was from April 7th-8th at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn.
Deb Cox, LPC got to step up to plate. This brown-haired (non-)pistol worked for Educational Counseling and Disabilities Services. Leah wondered what the center was about, and Deb said it was to help any student at all with a documented disability, mental or physical.
"What if they do, then what?" asked Leah.
"We make them tell us what's what," replied Deb, "then we meet with them on what to do next."
"Bet the parents like that," Leah responded.
Q: "Kids love being free...so....what then?" asked Scott.
A: "We help them be free, provide the crutches then wean them off the crutches," claimed Deb.
Q: "What if they don't got no stinkin' documents?"
A: "We help them get them."
She went on to focus on students with study issues for about three minutes. The counseling center works very well with students. That's Deb's promise. She continued that all students should check their schools for a disabilities office. Supposedly, nearly every school has one. Admissions can set up meetings as well for new students. Scott demanded a website plug, htmls/colleges/university/eccc.
Ferris made it to the Joe Louise Arena, and Scott couldn't possibly be happier. Sandy rebuffed that making it to the Red Wing's stadium for the hockey team is a lot more of a March Madness than what basketball offers / would have you believe. According to Sandy, nobody expected Ferris to get that far. But they were happy it happened. U of M and Miami beat them up once they got there, but at least they made it there.
Sports talk got exhausted quickly, so they started talking about diversity history at Ferris, essentially saying it's a good thing. And saying it's a great thing. And saying it expands students' minds, etc.
23. Multicultural Honors Up the Gazoo
"Multicultural Honors Up the Gazoo"' was produced on March 29th and aired on April 1st of 2010.
Maude Bigford, a coordinator for the school's honors program, was first to visit the scene this episode. She mentions how students who are in the honors program get to live in special halls, attend specialized classes, and more. Leah reiterated a point that Maude made a few seconds earlier, stating: "They probably form a bond of sorts that way."
(This much is true; as honors students often seem to exist only as a rumor on campus. And if you've ever seen one, you probably wouldn't know it save for the fact that they don't talk to anyone who isn't also in the honors program.)
However, Maude did give some clues as to the IDs of some not-so-mythical honors students. She brought up how a few of them were in the His House on campus; one that is also affiliated with Casa Por Cristo. While in Mexico, those students in particular actually built 8 houses. The pre-med and dental students were greeted as MDs at that function. Scott admitted amusement at hearing that. The His House group had been on one semester earlier, claiming they were going to Mexico. What he didn't expect was that so many members of His House were Honors program students. Maude added that Honors students are also involved with St. Jude's, and other various charities.
Leah wondered what their motiviations were to volunteer for so much. Maude explained that it's not really "volunteering" so much as "joining by way of being pressured into it." Leah responded that there should be no reason for students to feel intimidated about volunteering. Scott pitched in that students that like volunteering should find a niche program and stick to it. After plugging for the Big Event yet again, Maude declared surprise that programs started in 1997 had exploded in popularity since then.
Dr. Todd Stanislav (sporting a young Pat Sajack haircut) joined forces with Dr. Rebecca Sammel to argue for why the school had a sudden newfound interest in market globalization. According to Beck, Globalization is nothing for students to be afraid of. It may be necessary to look overseas for a job, after all. Leah remembered that someone from Turkey had visited the campus before, discussing that very same topic.
Todd brought up a few other names related to the topic that had visited Ferris, including the daughter of a bishop. Becca moved on to mention a student from Chicago that wanted to visit Ferris to talk more about India. Leah moved on to claim that in the future, students may very well find themsleves working with someone from India. Therefore, nothing should come as a surprise. Of all the RSOs that Becca claimed to work with, she mentioned that the pro-India group was by far the most successful.
And one of the first things Sandy had to mention was an upcoming festivity where there'd be plenty of good foreign food dishes to sample. Scott, fumbling for the right words, nodded and agreed. The two of them went on to explain that there are benefits to such functions centering around food: it helps different sides to avoid touchier topics of discussion that would more easily breed resentment.
Sandy then reminded everyone that it was Women's History Month. He had served in past years on the committee for activities pertaining to said month. Gals are asked every year to name their current role models, as well as their favorite traditional role models. On softball, Sandy brought up that Coach Becker focuses on developing her juniors and sophomores the most, so that there will always be good seniors when the main seniors that year leave. Sandy also mentioned that the girls in softball had an upcoming game against Lake Superior State.
Touching on elections, Sandy reminded Scott that campus board elections were coming up.
24. Golf Nutwork
"Golf Nutwork" was produced on April 5th and aired on April 8th of 2010.
Gary Wendlowski came on to talk about summer camp on campus for all the little tykes that invade every summer. He said that he expected them to have fun as they usually do every year. Adam Weatherell, the other guest, insisted they're "more than just summer camps," it's also a simulation for kids of what college life might somewhat be like for them someday.
Lori Johnson, manager of the Tot's Place on campus, talked about what goes into running an on-campus day care center. She mentioned that the day care center went to great lengths to get "above and beyond" the bare minimum requirements that the state has in place for what a place needs to be in order to run a day care on a school campus. After clarifying the place's credentials, Sandy inquired what to expect from "a day in the life." She mentioned that there's meal times designated for kids, lesson plans, and conduct reports for parents. That way, they feel that they're doing more than simply having kids plopped before a TV.
Lori also brought up that kids don't want to sit indoors during the summer when they can do other things. Therefore, kids in the Tot's Place during summer hours have been exposed to a little bit of everything on campus. This includes the golf courses. Scott asked what parents can do to learn more; and Lori reminded him that the school's home page provides links to the Tot's Place website.
Scott then questioned what defines Tot's Place the most. Lori argued that it's about "defining lifelong learners" from the youngest ages possible. An end-of-segment bumper reminded students that if they have children, they could contact Lori for more info at extension 2390.
Sandy brought up that Coach Becker was hoping for some better softball performances from her team by late April, especially since Ferris' softball program is a lot newer than that of Saginaw Valley. Scott also brought up that golf and track were getting somewhere.
25. Cloudy With a Chance of Diversity Dogma
"Cloudy With a Chance of Diversity Dogma" was produced on April 12th and aired on April 16th of 2010.
Sandra Winchell came on to talk about that year's plans for the Big Event, introducing herself by stating the obvious. Leah informed viewers that Sandra was in charge of the housing evaluation committee. In as fluffy of language as possible and using the Big Event's favorite buzzword of "community" four times one right after another; and Sandra muttering eight "uhms" along the way; the two ladies discussed how any house within Big Rapids is potentially eligible for having a bunch of students show up and rake the yard.
Leah brought up a time when a 90-year-old woman had her yard raked, only to reveal that she'd graduated from the school ages ago. Sandra replied that a similar old woman commented on how her husband had been an officer at Ferris, and later in Detroit. The continued to use buzzwords to promote, before finally wrapping up. Leah promised to see Sandra over the weekend, then ended segment one.
"You know a lot of great things are happening on campus..." came Leah's familiar greeting as segment 2 opened. Dr. David Pilgrim was the guest this time, which meant it was that time of year (other than MLK Week) for FSL to discuss...DIVERSITY!
Pilgrim commented on the "great progress" being made, being certain to emphasize that it was "acutally SUPERIOR" progress to Leah before elaborating more. In a roundabout way, he remarked that most campuses in 2010 were becoming more white, whereas Ferris was becoming less so. He thanks "adult packages" for reversing the trend. He went on to say that one goal of his program is to make classrooms more accessible to non-white students, at which point the success of these programs can be best demonstrated by the sheer number of students who cannot recall what was so "inaccessible" about those classes to begin with. He then went on to argue that the school would also prefer a not-quite-as-vanilla workforce, difficult to arrange in the late spring as that is a time of year the campus is not particularly hiring. Plus, Big Rapids is over 90% white to begin with, making it that much harder to produce a workforce that looks like a Chinese checkerboard. He claims that the campus is "not what it was three years ago," though most probably would not have noticed a difference between the 2010 campus and the 2007 campus other than for the fact that the 2010 campus had a much more impressive Rock Cafe to eat at with a Dining Services staff that was a tiny fraction bit nicer to its employees.
Scott attempted to save the discussion by pointing out that the 2010 campus was a friendlier place than the 1990 campus. For anyone in the audience that still remembers 1990. Pilgrim then complains that there isn't enough "energy of debate" at Ferris like at other colleges. (Part of that is because most debate energy stems from political and philosophical debate in the dorms, where disagreeing with the wrong crowd in the lobby can lead to an unhealthy confrontation depending on what is being debated. Very little if anything comes from where someone was born or to whom.)
Leah then burst in to talk about the International Festival that happened not long before, with some footage shown of Hmong students doing the dance they do every year on campus. After the plug, Pilgrim claimed that he and his colleagues want students "to succeed," instead of to merely enroll. Which resulted in a "Tips Office" being created. He also mentioned that the school began placing emphasis on making students who were orphans and/or grew up in the foster care program feel at home on campus. He then went on to point out that it's the same thing with international students: he wants them to feel "at home" on campus.
Scott began this segment by asking three times if the campus was having nice weather, worded different ways. Sandy took the opportunity to immediately jump in and announce that the Michigan Energy Conference was in town that week. After some talk about the conference, Sandy went on to say that "we can make a difference very day; if we only apply a 'green' mindset to everyday living." Whatever that means.
Changing topics, Sandy brought up the track teams. He stated that they were doing "pretty well" for teams that had unseasonably warm temperatures to deal with. However, it was a "pleasant break" from the "frigid Arctic" temperatures that had been on campus a short while before that. Later, Scott and Sandy pondered the tennis team's fate. They'd beaten Wayne State, but lost to Northwood before that.
26. Deadly Lakes and Softball Demons
"Deadly Lakes and Softball Demons" was produced on April 19th and aired on April 22nd of 2010.
Andy Kantar talks about his book Deadly Voyage: The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy (not to be confused with the unrelated 1996 film Deadly Voyage,) as Leah introduces us to segment one. Andy mentioned that the Morrell sank in a storm in 1966. He also commented that the boat was only able to go 3 MPH whereas the storm had 70 MPH winds, even though the boat was pushing its engines to full speed.
Scott pondered what drew Andy's interest to the Morrell, and Andy replied that it was the largest ship to sink in Lake Huron. He mentioned that four men made it to a life raft, including a survivor named Dennis. Air temperature that night was about 33 degrees, and it took 38 hours for Dennis to be rescued. Others on the life raft didn't survive, and two missed calls from the captain were partly to blame for the Morel's disappearance taking as long as it did to be reported.
Leah pondered if there was anything significant about November for Great Lakes storms, to which Andy replied that high and low pressure fronts collide over the lakes in November consistently more violently than in other months. Therefore, it should surprise nobody that the Great Lakes sink more ships in November than any other time of year. He claims that when the Morel went down, it altered weather patterns greatly enough to dump 16 inches of snow on North Carolina.
Scott wondered if, when Andy interviews survivors, they behave as though their tragedy happened to someone else. According to Andy, that is not uncommon. He added that talking with survivors was enough to have an emotional impact on him, as if he had gone through their trauma himself. He even claims having nightmares of drowning after hearing some survivors' tales of sunken ships.
This section opened with a preview of Valley of Angels, a film by Ferris Alum Jon Rosten. Leah brought up that Jon was going to appear at the Ferris Festival that was upcoming, a claim that did not disappoint when Jon did show up. Since Jon could not make it to the show, Fred Wyman came on to talk about things instead. Fred explained that it was the Tenth Annual festival; and also mentioned that the Monday night of when Show #26 was aired, a pre-screening of the film would be shown to select Ferris students.
A flyer revealed that Ken Lesser, who was also at the show, was also a Ferris grad. Fred also made mention of the West Michigan Film Office, and praised the state for offering film incentives higher than any other place in the country.
With not much else to say, Scott and Sandy mentioned that the girl's softball team was busy doing their thing. Sandy praised the team for "going up against tough competition." Scott and Sandy also brought up that the hockey team had a "bittersweet ending" in that they'd suffered a few losses but were happy that the season had finally ended.
27. 125 Obsessions
"125 Obsessions" was produced on April 26th and aired on April 29th of 2010.
First guests to appear were John and Mary Kay. Discussing the continuing 125th anniversary celebration at Ferris, Mary Kay mentioned Readers' Theater. The 125th Band performed that same evening. Mary Kay goes on to discuss The First 125 Years, a book about Ferris' history that she helped compile. She also brought up a sculpture being donated by Festival of the Arts, and a reception set for June in which the Michigan College of Optometry was involved. Mary Kay also brought up a time capsule. She padded the length of her discussions as much as possible, before Leah was forced to wrap up the segment. As the segment ended, the 125th Band played.
Tina Muir, a British exchange student on Ferris' cross-country track team, came on the show to talk about her life in the cross-country program. Leah clarified for viewers that Tina was from St. Albans, England. She inquired how Tina found the school. She explained how a Ferris coach contacted one of her coaches in England, and everything panned out.
Tina explained that adapting to life in Big Rapids wasn't completely difficult, since modern British and American cinematic tastes are similar. She goes on to discuss her major: Leisure Recreation Leadership. Leah inquired what advice Tina would give future exchange students; and she answered that Brits should be prepared to adapt to the cold weather and heavy snowfall typical in Big Rapids during the winter.
She went on to talk about her coach at Ferris encouraging her forward in track. Afterward, Scott wondered what things are like for her parents while she is away. She responded that she gets packages and sends packages to them now and then; and also mentioned how she enjoyed the Meijer store's Ethnic Foods aisle, since it had a small British section.
Scott and Sandy began by talking about Ferris Fest, and wished that nature would cooperate more. Sandy commented that he was proud to see the student body "take ownership" of the event. Just as MLK Day is MLK Week at Ferris, as stated by Sandy in episode 14, so also Earth Day at Ferris is actually and Earth Week.
The two follow that up by talking about the Big Event Track and Field. Sandy, in particular, comments on the market/economic value of such an event on Big Rapids. They finish by talking about the GLIAC tournaments and by thanking the crew for a great season.
One of them was paid for by the school simply for the network to let viewers know about FSL being part of the news programming block on Fox. The other ad was paid by Gilberts' to Ferris so that they could get more noticed in the area. As part of that deal, Ferris got many of its flooring and furnishings from Gilberts'. Other furnishings were covered by Big Rapids Furniture, which donated them to help pay for broadcast time of their ads on the Ferris Access Channel as a part of the Ferris in Focus commercial break slots.
Appearances and crew
The show was hosted by Sandy Gholston, Leah Nixon, and Scott Roman in fall 2009 - spring of 2010. It's regular faculty staff consisted of Glen Okonoski, Clayton Rye, Fred Wyman, and Connie Morcom, although Debbie Carley managed records and helped coordinate distribution as well as Steve Cox. The show's technical engineer was Pat Tobin. All equipment was managed by Media Supply Staff, and all A-roll was shot in-studio on the Ferris State campus.
New special guests were invited each week to discuss that week's particular topics of interest. Guests for the first week's show included Paul Cicchini of WBRN News/Talk 1460 AM radio.
All members of the TVPR 499 class were instructed to rotate various positions of crew within the show's production, so that no one member did one task all the time.
Crew members in the spring of 2010 consisted of: Ben Wyman, David Stiefel, Dominique Gibbs, Eric Stacy, Frank Molner, the K.A., Lamarr English, Megan Barker, Nate Totten, Nick Blohm, Sara Potter, and Tabby Young. For personal reasons, Derek Rottman dropped the class and was not included. He originally made it a class of 13.
All shows were scheduled for production on Mondays throughout the Spring 2010 semester. Production occurred in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) building's TV studio (IRC 153.) B-roll was shot wherever it was needed, to tie-in with commentary in the studio. Shots were made in 480i with widescreen deactivated, in a digital simulation of NTSC. Content was fed through Avid "mojo" devices to allow the signal to be redistributed both in digital air and cable as well as analog cable. Part of this had to do with the fact that a lot of studio equipment in the IRC control room was still NTSC-oriented analog equipment.
"Chimo" by New Day was used as the opening and closing theme for all episodes, though it was not credited.
- ↑ "Show #17." Ferris State Live. Segment 1. Approx. timecode: 00;01;20;00. Ferris State University. Thursday, February 11, 2010. 10:30 PM EST.
- ↑ Approx. timecode: 00;01;30;00.
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- ↑ Approx. timecode: 00;07;45;00.
- ↑ Segment 3. Approx. timecode: 00;20;25;00.
- ↑ Gholston, Sandy. "Sixth Annual Police Memorial Ceremony." The Ferris State University Blog (Blog.) Blogger. Monday, May 11th, 2009, 8:07 AM EDT.
- ↑ Gholston, Sandy. "Ferris Athletics Department prepares for 'Operation Giveaway.'" Crimson and Gold Report (Blog.) MLive.com. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010, 3:10 PM EST.
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