Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ferris In The News

Ferris Hosts Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

The Granger Center for Construction and HVACR on Ferris State University’s campus will be filled with aspiring engineers Feb. 27, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. An annual tradition for Ferris to host the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, the competition has now grown to include a battle for high school students. Competing high schools include Brandywine, Clare/Gladwin ISD, East Jordan and Mackinaw City. The task for high schoolers is the same as for Ferris’ team: Dispense an appropriate amount of hand sanitizer into a hand. The Ferris Rube team, consisting of seniors Mike Dunakin of Grand Rapids and Kyle Hebner of Oscoda, and sophomore Bryan Williams of Lupton, will be uncontested for a shot at the national competition being held at Purdue University in March. Since January, the team has been busy building two machines, one in Japan where they broke their previous world record for most steps to complete a task and the one they will run at the regional competition. The day begins at 10 a.m. with the Ferris Rube team. The high school competition will commence at 1 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Holocaust Art Series Debuts This Week

Although the Festival of the Arts is a celebration of the arts – from paintings to performances – some of the art is somber, showing that art does not necessarily have to be beautiful, only moving, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Take this week’s feature, which will transport patrons to a dark period in history – the Holocaust. “It’s something we need to share,” Ferris State University Rankin Art Gallery Director Carrie Weis said. “It’s about communicating something…something that can affect you at a personal level. The Holocaust Series showcases that art isn’t just about pretty pictures.” In a series of four presentations, three survivors of the Holocaust will present their artwork, focusing on a single theme – remembrance. For more information about the Holocaust Series, or other Festival of the Arts events, visit www.ferris.edu/festival.

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