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SPRING BREAK FERRIS STATE TORCH No matter where you’re spending your spring break, it is possible to find the perfect spring fling. Georgia Thelen Ferris State Torch See page 8 for story

different kind of spring break Some students are headed for warm weather, but not to lounge on the beach

Courtesy Photo Provided By: Chelsea Broekema

The Wesley House group offers students an alternative spring break. Last year they went to Atlanta to feed and assist the homeless. This year students will be traveling to New Orleans to help rebuild homes in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Tyler Hanan Lifestyles Editor Spring break conjures dreams of the beach, but for Chelsea Broekema, it’ll be something different: the Epworth Project, an alternative spring break in New Orleans. Broekema, along with 20 other Ferris students, will rebuild homes in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. This trip is organized by the Wesley House. The music industry management and hotel management junior started spending her spring breaks this way two years ago. “In 2012 we went to Espanola,

New Mexico to do repairs and upkeep on a school that was in need of some h e l p ,” Broekema s a i d . “Then, in 2013, we went down to At l ant a , GA to Chelsea Broekema work with Junior, music industry a group and hotel management called M-25 who helps the homeless by feeding them, talking to them and trying to help them get back on their feet.” According to Ferris healthcare systems administration and radi-

ography junior Janeen Dusseau, this is the seventh consecutive year Wesley has participated. For Dusseau, this week will be about something greater than herself. “I am most looking forward to spending my time with God,” Dusseau said. “As a busy college student, I get caught up with all the things I do with work and school, and I sometimes, grow distant from the Lord. This week will help me grow closer to Him as well with my faith.” Dusseau and Broekema have been involved with the Wesley House trips since 2012. Even with two previous mission trips under her belt, Broekema is going in without expectations. “I’ve learned from my past mission trips that it’s useless

to have expectations because they’ll always be blown away.” Broekema said. “No m a t ter what you go in thinking, you come out with s o m e t h i n g that’s way Janeen Dusseau m o r e Junior, healthcare systems administration valuable.” Dusseau elaborated even further. “This week is not about the ‘reward’ or gratification we gain from serving others, but it’s a chance to give ourselves to those

who truly need it.” As for whether she thinks she’s missing anything by spending her break working, Broekema disagreed. “I think it’s something that everyone should do at least once in their life because it’s impossible to leave without it changing you,” Broekema said. Broekema, upbeat and enthusiastic, shares her own experiences. “I absolutely love going on the trips. For me, they are a way to relax and unwind from the stress of school because I’m helping people,” Broekema said. “And that makes a difference to me.”



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What will you be drinking? Students going on vacation for spring break share their drinks of choice

Cassondra Halt Senior, forensic biology “I’m going to Arizona with three other people to stay with my friend’s mom. Put me down for fishbowls, but I’m always up for wine. Any kind.”

Ingredients 10 oz vodka 10 oz coconut rum 6 oz Blue Curacao liqueur 12 oz sweet-and-sour mix 20 oz pineapple juice 32 oz lemon- lime soda 3 small fishbowls (each holding 4-5 cups volume) 1 box (6 oz) Nerds candy 12-16 Swedish fish candies ice fruit slices (3 each, lemon, lime and orange)

Krystle Karnofsky Senior, music industry management

Selena Brown Senior, hospitality “I’m going on a cruise around the Caribbean, so most of my money is going to that. My roommate and I have been saving for it for a long time. But if I had an unlimited amount of money, I’d definitely be drinking a few rum punches.”

“I’ll be in California, so some good California wine is what I’ll be drinking. Moscato and Almond sparkling wine from Wilson Creek Winery are some of my favorites.” While there is no recipe for a good California wine (not that the vineyard owner is willing to share, anyway), there are multiple guides online that can help you decide which wine may be best suited for you.

Ingredients 1 cup fresh lime juice 2 cups grenadine syrup 2 cups Jamaican white rum 1 cup light rum 2 cups fresh pineapple juice 2 cups fresh orange juice Directions: Mix together and leave for an hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Directions: Mix liquors and refrigerate until it’s ready to be served. To serve, divide the Nerds candy between the three fishbowls and place at the bottom of the bowl. Add the punch mixture and serve.

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Beating the Spring Break blues What to do if you’re stuck in Big Rapids this break Georgia Thelen Ferris State Torch It may be completely frigid outside, but there are still ways to have fun if you’re stuck in the Big Rapids area for spring break. For those wanting to get out of town for a little while, making the trip down 131 to Grand Rapids isn’t a bad idea. If you want a break to relax and escape to a different world, The Oasis Hot Tub Gardens in Comstock Park could be your chance. At the Gardens, visitors pay by the hour for hot tub sessions in secluded, private rooms. There are many room themes available; upon opening the door to your Oasis hot tub garden, you can be transported anywhere from

a spicy pine woods environment to a manicured Japanese garden. Maybe you’re feeling more adventurous and are looking to explore. There is plenty to see and do in downtown Grand Rapids; even walking around sightseeing or shopping is fun, as long as the temperature holds up. According to accuweather. com, it should. It’s predicting 30-40 degrees for much of the break. Taking advantage while it lasts might ease the pained memories of polar vortexes. While you’re down there, why not pay a visit to your high school friends at Grand Valley? They will be done with midterms and spring break, and they would probably love to see some familiar faces.

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Today’s Tech

Mobile app usage overtakes PC use for first time ever The time of the desktop and laptop computing is slowly being eclipsed by mobile technology. For the first time ever, Americans used mobile devices more than desktop computers in terms of internet usage. Almost half of the US internet usage comes from mobile apps, with some additional traffic coming from mobile browsers. With such a decline in sales of computers and the ever increasing market share of tablets and smartphones, the way we all experience the internet is evolving. As improvements in high speed 4G internet access spread to more and more mobile users, the freedom of

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smaller devices will soon lead to computers only being used for specialized tasks. Most tasks we’ve used computers for previously have shifted over to mobile devices. Mobile gaming has taken over most gaming done by the general public. Homework is being done on tablets with attachable keyboards. Photos and their editing are being done on that same device, streamlining the process of sharing your memories. This shift in usage is a sign of the times, and of how technology adapts to our own lifestyles.

What are your spring break plans? “While visiting Los Angeles for spring break, we are going to be hitting up the beach, checking out the night life, visiting Universal Studios and going to Hollywood to experience as much as L.A. has to offer.” Brett Leavitt, senior, healthcare system administration “I’m going to be dreaming about being in Florida.” Savannah Jack, junior, pre-dental hygiene If you’re looking to stay put in Big Rapids all week, go pick up a sled, garbage can top or even a trash bag and take a ride down the hill in the North Quad. If you want a wilder, riskier ride where there may be a chance of you face planting at the end, try sledding down the hill by Puterbaugh and Henderson. You and your friends may end up soaking wet by the end, but it will be a blast. Try picking up your old ice skates or borrow some from a friend and head out to Hemlock Park to skate on the outside rink. Make sure to have some hot cocoa and bundle up before you and your friends head out. After you’re done skating, cool down with a stroll down the sunny Riverwalk and watch the mighty

Muskegon flow. If your head is full of thoughts of those who traveled south to soak up rays on the beach, you could head down to the Sawmill Saloon to have a drink out of a Mason jar, Southern style. Every Wednesday, Sawmill holds Open Mic Night at 9 p.m., which showcases local talent and Thursdays at 8 p.m. is TeamTrivia. Both nights are completely free - you just have to be 21. There is always something to do in Big Rapids, even if it means getting creative. Then again, you could also stay huddled up in bed with hot cocoa and Netflix all day. Lazy days might be all you’ve been hoping for after dealing with midterms.

“I am going down to Austin, Texas, for the music portion of the SXSW Festival.” Gabriel Aikins, junior, music industry management “I will be returning home to work and hopefully take a few days to go up north and snowboard.” Dave Simpson, senior, automotive technology “I’m heading to Indy with my family to visit my sister and neice! I have a glamorous life.” Jessica McLean, senior, public relations

Modern love Spring Break is for flings, not lovers After riding the struggle bus all week for Midterms, everyone is looking forward to spring break. For some of us, what we’re really looking forward to is that perfect spring break fling. Whether you’re heading home or traveling across the country, there are plenty of potential hotties waiting to be found. The key to involving yourself in a great fling is knowing where to scout for all these potentials. If you’re going home for break, hit up a local gym or try to find some parties to attend with your high school buddies. You probably haven’t seen many of your high school

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classmates in a couple years; there’s always a chance that a few years have done them a lot of failures. They might even bring their college friends with them. Maybe you’re headed somewhere with sunnier skies than Michigan. You’ll obviously be lounging on the beach all day in your swimsuit - that should attract some eye candy. The beach will be a giant party with fun, social vibes making it easier to meet people. Ask that cute guy to rub sunscreen on that hard to reach place, or to

go for a quick dip in the ocean with you. If you’re traveling somewhere chilly to hit the slopes or do other winter activities, there are sure to be snow bunnies aplenty. Even if you’re not the best at skiing or snowboarding, look for someone who’s tearing it up and ask them to show you some tricks, or even the basics. If you’re not that gutsy, you can always see if a group will meet in the lodge hot tub for some cool relaxation time. No matter where you’re spending your break, it is possible to find the perfect spring fling. Put yourself out there, meet new people, and cheers to having a great time.



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Mar. 5 Women’s Suffrage March, 5 - 7 p.m.

Mar. 5 W.I.L.L. Conference, Holiday Inn Banquet Center, 7 - 10 p.m.

Jazz Band Concert, Williams Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Chicago Wolves, Van Andel Arena, 7 p.m.

Mar. 6 The Speedbumps, The Rock, 7 - 9 p.m. Mar. 17 Multicultural Exchange America, FLITE 159, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Mar. 18 Betsy Verwys discusses “Sowhope,” SCI 102, 11 - 11:50 a.m. Your Stories of Women: Video Screenings, IRC, 11 a.m. - noon Mar. 19 The Agenda, IRC 120, 7 - 9 p.m.

Mar. 6 - 16 Gilda’s LaughFest, Grand Rapids Mar. 7 Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Iowa Wild, Van Andel Arena, 7 p.m. Mar. 8 Wheatland Music Jamboree, Wheatland, 2 - 5 p.m. Foreign Film Series: “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” Big Rapids City Hall, 7 - 9 p.m. Mar. 11 Open Art Night for FSU students, Artworks, 8 - 10 p.m. Mar. 17 Coffee Connect, Biggby Coffee, 7 - 8 p.m.

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21 Brody of “The Pianist” 23 TV cousin 25 Phoenix suburb 27 Light 28 Soccer superstar 31 Maker of the Super Soaker 34 Monthly exp. 35 Enticing kitchen aroma 36 “Gosh!” 37 Scots Gaelic 38 Place for petty cash? 41 Tip 44 Taken together 46 Nags 47 Saint-Saëns’ “Danse __” 49 Camera letters 51 Lowly 52 Apt word to substitute for each of four black squares to make sense of the across answers on either side of them 53 Value 55 Play __ in 57 Born in the wild 59 “How lovely!” 61 Annapolis grad. 62 Squealer with a tale or a tail 64 Market freezer name



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