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    Uni in the UK versus College in the USA

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    By Niamh Sammon Having spent almost an entire academic year immersing myself in the world of American College as a Northern Irish student, I thought it would be useful, if not a bit of craic (fun), to reflect and relate my experience here at Ferrum College with that of home. First and foremost, the amount […]

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  • Dennis Dimick: Chronicling Environmental Degradation with Beautiful Photos

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    By Patrick Duggan Dennis Dimick is a bonafide photography superhero. His devotion to photojournalism and environmental activism blossomed into a decorated career that spanned multiple publications, culminating as National Geographic’s executive editor of environment. Now a retired father of two college-aged women, he still works with NatGeo in an advisory position, but spends most of […]

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  • Virginia Senator Tim Kaine Visits Ferrum

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    By Patrick Duggan On April 12, President Spooner hosted another town hall meeting in Vauhn Chapel with special guest Senator Tim Kaine. Kaine talked about his past in public service and policy and his educational background. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and later earned his law degree from Harvard. While […]

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  • Brexit Begins

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    By Niamh Sammon Like the majority of referendums, “Brexit” was born out of long-standing promises made by politicians for change, discontent and a sprinkling (or bucket) of bad luck. With fears over mass immigration from other European countries high and pressure to “get a better deal for Britain” in terms of trade building, former Prime […]

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  • All About St. Patrick’s Day

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    By Niamh Sammon and Sarah Shuford St Patrick, known as the patron Saint of the Emerald Isle, was born in Britain in 387AD. He was captured and brought to Ireland by Irish pirates at the age of sixteen and worked as a shepherd until the age of about twenty two, when he experienced a “spiritual […]

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  • Celebrity Journalist Beth Macy Visits

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    by Patrick Duggan Celebrity journalist Beth Macy spent the last couple months touring the country in support of her new book, Truevine, with stops in Rich- mond, Washington DC, and New York City. On Oct. 25, she spent an evening at Ferrum College talking to students and faculty about how she dug up the incredible […]

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  • 43rd Annual Folklife Festival

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    Coon Dog Open Water Race Still Main Attraction by C.J. Reed Every year in Franklin County, Ferrum College hosts the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. Here, the community as well as people from all over the state get together in a day of fun and hard work to put on the best festival around. There […]

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  • Students Volunteer Over Fall Break To Help Those In Need After Tornado Hits Waverly Virginia

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    by Nia Pettiford Over fall break, six Ferrum students and two instructors volunteered their time in Waverly, Virginia. Waverly was hit by a deadly tornado in February that did tremendous damage to the entire community. With coordination from Dean of Chapel Jan Nicholson-Angles, the work team volunteered with the Virginia United Methodist Volunteers in Mission […]

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  • Brother4brother Takes On UVA

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    By Chris Rogers Ferrum College mentoring program, Brother4brother, planned a day trip to attend the Julian Bond Symposium at the University of Virginia. The symposium honors the life of Julian Bond and his legacy of fighting for civil rights and against social injustice. It was fitting that the symposium be held at UVA, since Bond […]

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  • Football Recap On Panthers Vs. Panthers

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    by Hunter Ferguson & Chris Rogers Ferrum Football traveled down to Georgia to play the LaGrange College Panthers Oct. 22, 2016. Following a 42-19 lost last week to Maryville, Ferrum’s record dropped to 3-3 overall (1-2 USA South). Star freshman running back Brian Mann and the Panthers would be to be too much to handle […]

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Other Stories

Apr
4

Brexit Begins

By Niamh Sammon Like the majority of referendums, “Brexit” was born out of long-standing promises made by politicians for change, discontent and a sprinkling (or bucket) of bad luck. With fears over mass immigration from other European countries high and pressure to “get a better deal for Britain” in terms of trade building, former Prime […]

Mar
9

Alumni Spotlight

By CJ Reed Jacob Charles Irvin, known by his peers as “Swirv”, “Irv”, or “Jake,” is an early graduate of Ferrum College who will be walking this coming May. Jake was a part of the baseball team, where he was able to win two conference titles and received two rings during his three years. Irvin […]

Feb
16

Alumni Spotlight: Avery Ardis Tosh

By: Graceanne Gershner 2015 graduate Avery Ardis Tosh updated the Iron Blade about what she’s been up to in the past year and a half since leaving Ferrum. Tosh had a full schedule while she was a student here. She was a double major in liberal arts and Russian with a minor in elementary education. […]

Oct
25

Haley Overstreet: The First To Score In Three Sports

by Graceanne Gershner Senior Haley Overstreet achieved a huge college milestone this October. Overstreet is Ferrum’s first athlete, men or women, to score goals in three sports; soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. When speaking to her about her experience Overstreet said, “I never saw myself coming to Ferrum and playing three sports.” Overstreet transferred to […]

Oct
25

Bond Between Dog, Trainer And Sheep Strong

by Aleysia Goodley  On Saturday,  Oct. 22, Ferrum hosted the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, where there was a variety of country foods, music, demonstrations and activities for everyone to enjoy. The event was free for all Ferrum students to experience, and if you did not get the chance to go, you missed a variety […]

Oct
25

Mule Jumping

The mule jumping competition, which took place during the Folk Life Festival on Saturday, October 22, only had two contestants this year. Mindy was the losing mule of the two competing. Mindy decided to not attempt jumping over the 36-inch-high bar. The winning mule  named Ally May  is from Coleman Falls Virginia. Ally May jumped […]

Oct
25

Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Price

by Graceanne Gershner 2016 Ferrum graduate Kyle Price talked to “The Iron Blade” about his experience here in school and how he is enjoying his post grad life. Price described his time here at Ferrum as “ok,”. He said, “I made a lot of great friends and met plenty of good people while I was […]

Oct
25

Pulling Teams Of Horses Mean Tons Of Competition

By Jacob Rich The horse pull started 30 minutes late because travelling teams from Florida and Kentucky were caught in traffic. Eight small teams and three big teams competed. The goal of the horse pull was to have each pair of horses pull the weight 37 ½ feet. The competition began with 2000 pounds. Then, […]

Sep
22

Born & Raised In Ferrum

By AnneGardner Eubank In a rural town of 2,043 people, it’s not unusual for those who grow up in towns like Ferrum to wonder what else is out there in the world. Max Harper, a senior at Ferrum College, was born, raised, and attends school all in the small mountain town of Ferrum, and can’t […]

Sep
22

Real Deal Crazy Game Show

By Aleysia McMillan The Real Deal Crazy Game Show, hosted by New Yorker, Ralph Tetta, represents exactly what the title says. This game included cash prizes for students and mystery box objects, which involved t-shirts, and mystery envelopes that included funny, interactive activities to entertain the audience, such as “do the river dance for $5.00,” […]