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Taxes Too Taxing?

By Refentse Maselwa, Staff Writer March 21, 2023

Let Ferrum College make your taxes look easy. Students at the college have assisted with STEP’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program along with the college’s own VITA site for years. They...

Onyx Steele, sophomore, takes time in the Creativity Suite to sweetly create.

A Soothing Space

Marina J. Powell, Assistant Editor March 16, 2023

The Creativity Suite, a small art studio, is available for student use and is located in the basement of Roberts. The room features painting supplies, sketching tools, stickers, clay and molding supplies,...

Andrea Velazquez-Juarez demonstrates tamale-making to students and faculty at the recent station takeover in the cafeteria.

Tamale Time!

Marina J. Powell, Assistant Editor March 13, 2023

A recent station takeover in the cafeteria included a special dish--Tamales. Mariya Dzhyoyeva, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, and Andrea Velásquez, Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, organized...

R. Rex Stephenson will help resurrect the dinner theatre with his adaptation of Mark Twain.

Stephenson to Perform as Mark Twain

By Tina Hanlon, Special to the Iron Blade March 13, 2023

Rex Stephenson has returned to the classroom and the stage on campus this spring. After retiring more than a decade ago and 50 years after he began teaching here, the professor emeritus of drama is...

Interim President Mirta Martin, center, and Tim Tatum, Franklin County Supervisor from the Blue Ridge District, left, reveal the new logo for the 50th anniversary. BRI Director Bethany Worley stands behind the podium at right, while Vice President of Academic Affairs, Kevin Reilly, far right, looks on.

BRI Unveils New Logo for Birthday

Lindsey M. Foster, Editor March 2, 2023

This year marks a milestone for one of the well-known additions to the college. Fifty years ago in 1973, the Blue Ridge Institute was established. Along with this, the BRIM is also celebrating the 50th...

Braden Homsey, senior, celebrates after qualifying for the national tournament to be held this weekend at the Berglund Center in Roanoke.

Heading to Nationals

Compiled by Staff February 28, 2023

Panther wrestlers Braden Homsey, senior, Rayshawn Dixon, sophomore, will be riding the wrestling train for one more week after both matters placed in the top three of their respective weight classes at...

Students game on PCs at the grand opening.

Bassett Basement Has Been ‘Hacked’

Lindsey M. Foster, Editor February 26, 2023

Bassett Hall introduced a new attraction to campus Feb. 15 with an opening of the gaming room in the dorm's basement. The room is filled with gaming PCs, and students are allowed to bring their own...

The memorial garden at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount memorializes passed students with simple, understated stone markers.

Editorial: It’s Time for a Student Memorial Garden on Campus

February 25, 2023

Within the past two years, we have had two student deaths on campus, Will Patterson last semester in the Fall of 2022 and Cole Lipinski in the Fall of 2021. While there were celebrations of life on...

Braden Homsey, senior, who took home an ODAC championship this year, hopes to finish in the top-three at regionals to qualify for the national tournament in Roanoke.

Panthers Set to Host D-III National Wrestling Tournament

Cody Gibson, Sports Editor February 19, 2023

For the second time in five years, the Men's Wrestling Team is set to host the DIII national men’s wrestling tournament. The tournament will be held Fri.,m and Sat., March 10-11 at the Berglund Center...

Breanna Weaver, junior,  donates blood.

Going Out for a Pint

Lindsey M. Foster, Editor February 17, 2023

Members of the community came to the Fitness Center on Feb. 9 for the first blood drive of the semester, hosted by the American Red Cross and Pre-Professional Health Sciences. The goal was to have 33...

Attendance Counts

Jazmin Scarberry, Staff Writer February 16, 2023

Every semester, Panthers who attend on-campus events are entered into a drawing for chances to win a variety of prizes for the Quality Enhancement Plan, better known as the QEP Some of the most engaged...

Wilson Goes 2-2 at Limestone Open

Wilson Goes 2-2 at Limestone Open

Compiled by Staff February 10, 2023

Women's wrestler Jordan Wilson competed Feb. 5 in the Limestone Open, held at Limestone University's Timkin Center. A total of 89 wrestlers spread over 10 weight classes competed in the Limestone Open,...

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