BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT, Editor-in-Chief

The student organization count number grew by one during Friday’s Student Government meeting, when the Senate voted to approve the UM-Dearborn Racquetball Association.

President, junior Chelsea Marx, and Vice President, junior Marty Niessen, presented their new organization during the meeting, hoping they would be added to the growing list of new organizations on campus during the 2011-2012 school year.

The vision of the organization, according to their constitution, is to offer students a fun way to exercise as well as an opportunity to meet new people.

The e-board got right to work, scheduling their first meeting this week, where they will plan the first game.

Any student currently enrolled at UM-Dearborn is able to become a member of the organization, gaining access to the organization’s equipment and courts and permitted times. Playing time will be given out on a first come, first serve basis until University courts are full. Members are encouraged to bring friends to events.

Games will be scheduled weekly, rotating between Thursdays from 4-6 pm and Fridays from 3-5 pm. A tournament is already in the works for when the organization has an established membership base.
Currently, the only time set for general members to meet will be the games themselves.

The e-board plans to market the organization through fliers around campus, a website linked to the University website, networking through other organizations on campus, and word of mouth. An email list has already been started for students who seemed interested and the group has received positive feedback.

Any student interested in joining is encouraged to email Marx at ccmarx@umd.umich.edu.