“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
~President Barack Obama~
Let us tell you a story about a student organization that began in September 1963. Their publication was called the Dearborn Wolverine, which highlighted the stories of the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus and within the Dearborn community.
Move forward a year to 1964, when the newspaper was rebranded as Ad Hoc. The paper was notorious for attacking controversial issues at that time, featured a personals page and advertising that featured women, alcohol, and contraceptions. A letter to the editor stated the paper wasn’t controversial enough.
We found some interesting stories in the archives. The campus has a record 700 person enrollment (31,000 for Ann Arbor) for the 1965 school year. The campus provided flu shots to students and faculty for less than $1.50. The library we have today, infamous for not having a front door, cost $9,670,000 (Oct, 25, 1978 issue).
435 students answered a campus survey on their views of the Vietnam War. 72.9 percent believed the United States did the right thing in going into war in Vietnam. 39.8 percent of the students believed it was to contain communism.
The survey, however, included the opportunity for students to voice their opinions on how the campus was doing so far. Both papers, along with the renaming to the Michigan Journal, highlighted similar issues we face on our campus today.
There were numerous campus issues with limited parking, hikes in student tuition, a crowded library (in that survey above, only 31.5% were satisfied with their library), student-facility relations and humorously enough, campus cafeteria food. In fact, did you know a student claimed he found maggots in his can of chili once from a vending machine on campus?
Now that we have your attention, flash-forward to today.
By looking back to the history of our university and campus newspaper as a whole, we better understand ourselves, but also what sets our campus apart from the other universities that are just institutions of higher education.
As Vice Chancellor Stanley E. Henderson said in our February 7 issue this year, we are “a community that values, learns from, and works to support all of its members.” In other words, a community of inclusion.
We encourage all students, faculty and organizations to take some time as the semester wraps up to truly reflect at how much progress has been made to our campus this year. A lot has been accomplished and there is still much to be done.
We also must act today and not wait for tomorrow or in the fall. An anthropology teacher of our campus had educated students this year about the diffusion of responsibility. We cannot assume others will solve our campus goals if do not enact ourselves. When you see someone who needs helps, step in. When you witness somebody had forgotten to turn off the lights to save electricity, turn them off. When you notice an issue in your community, make phone calls.
As a campus publication, it is our responsibility and privilege to educate, acknowledge and spread awareness to the students of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. But most importantly, it is our humble duty, as gifted to us by our first amendment, to provide the opportunity for student voice, opinion, and feedback to allow other students to chime in on what’s not working on campus and what is.
Our job is to address and seek possible solutions to provide a successful and prosperous higher education to all students of our campus.
Our job is to let your voice be heard.
It’s been a quite a year at the Michigan Journal. We have made much progress to both our newspaper and website, as well as redefining our overall mission and design as well. Our website has gone mobile, has reached a milestone of 10,000 visitors since we relaunched in October 2011, and has provided new opportunities for student voice.
The Michigan Journal is currently in the works of being more than just a student publication. We will be more active and welcoming to all students, faculty and visitors to our campus. We want to highlight all of the great things about our university. Most importantly, we want to work with all of you to promote your organization and student life on our campus.
We thank you, our dear reader, for your loyal support. Whether you are a student, part of the faculty, a professor, staff member, SAO, or simply Maura Broadus: This is YOUR paper.
We also much thank our dear writers. Without you, there would be no newspaper. We thank you for the countless amount of hours spent researching, interviewing and learning to share what you have discovered for our campus.
To the alumni and those who have worked for our campus newspaper before, we thank you for the time you spent writing, your efforts and contributions for our paper.
To the editors, who have come in on production day as early as 8:00 a.m. and stayed as late as 2:00 a.m. Without you, there would be nothing to read. A controversial self-nomination, piece of card-stock, plaque, or unadvertised campus event doesn’t matter: The real award is when you see others reading your articles and hitting major milestones on the website. You are the Michigan Difference Makers on this campus.
To Vice Chancellor Henderson, who gives student organizations motivation, direction, a sense of inclusion, and most importantly, supports what we and all campus organizations do.
To our advisor, Professor Tim Kiska, who gives us the ability to dream and succeed as writers, scholars, and believers. The one who allows us to shape, transform, and be who we want to be. We value and admire your expertise, trust and companionship within our business.
And finally, to our editor-in-chief, Samantha Elliott, who we must thank immensely for the amount of dedication, and time spent to listen to us. Thank you for fueling us with the energy and determination to provide a paper each week and a website filled with content throughout the week to provide for our readers and community.
Sam, you didn’t just move us: You changed the world.
Sincerely yours forever,
The Michigan Journal Editorial Team