All About The Iron Blade – Opinion Piece

By Kaitlin Roeper Every so often you open up your mailbox to find a new volume of The Iron Blade.  Some of you don’t read it and some of you look through to see what’s going on around campus.  One thing that remains a misconception is who puts the newspaper together. For those of you […]

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

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 […]

Football Recap On Panthers Vs. Panthers

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 […]

Volleyball Is Finishing Regular Season Strong

by C. J Reed Ferrum College’s volleyball team traveled to Fayetteville, N.C. and took on the Methodist Monarchs Saturday Oct. 22, 2016.The Panthers came out in winning fashion defeating the Monarchs 3-0. Ferrum beat Methodist (25-22), (30-28), (26-24) to earn their 13th win of the season. The Panthers were led by Hannah Helbert with 13 […]

Panthers Players Of The Week

by Hunter Ferguson 3 Panthers were recognized by the USA South Conference for their on field contributions. Football: Freshman running back Brian Mann has earned his 6th Offensive player of the week award in seven weeks. Most recently, in a 44-20 routing against Lagrange college, Mann accumulated 254 rushing yards, on 33 carries, and added […]

Word to the Freshmen

By Aleysia Goodley Transitioning from top dog in high school back to a measly freshmen in college can be hard for anyone. Adjusting to new people, a new place, and being hours away are all challenging and sometimes scary changes, especially for the ones who have trouble making friends. We are now fully responsible for […]

President Braaten Steps Down

President Jennifer Braaten, retiring after fourteen years

Jennifer Braaten announced her decision to retire earlier this January after fourteen years of service as Ferrum College’s first female president. Braaten, 68, decided to leave her post in light of severe medical issues within her family, but cherishes the time she spent at Ferrum. “It’s been an honor and a privilege being at Ferrum,” […]

David Bowie’s last album — while he was alive, at least

By Patrick Duggan David Bowie released Blackstar, his twenty-fifth studio album, on January 8, his 69th birthday. Two days later he died after an unpublicized eighteen month battle with liver cancer. The album lingers on Bowie’s struggle with mortality, resulting in not only one of his best and most complex records to date, but also […]


By Morgan Brown On Monday, January 18, 2016, students and administration both African-American and Caucasian alike took time out of the class schedule in order to reflect on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor his memory. The Black Student Union began the service with a reflective slideshow accompanied by hit […]

Dar He: The Story of Emmitt Till

By: Alexis Witcher     On November 8, 2015, Rocky Mount’s Harvester presented a monologue written and performed by Mr. Mike Wiley about The Story of Emmitt Till.  The monologue portrayed the different obstacles that Emmitt Till faced and the horrific social injustice that quickly ended his life. Emmitt Till’s story is a constant reminder of […]

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