The housing will be called “The Union” and will include apartments for more than 500 students. (Photo Credit: University of Michigan-Dearborn)
The housing will be called “The Union” and will include apartments for more than 500 students. (Photo Credit: University of Michigan-Dearborn)

By LESLIE WENDLOWSKY, Guest Writer

After many years of traveling to and from school whether it’s a five minute drive or a forty-five minute drive, students will finally have the choice to commute to school or to live in the newly built dorms on campus next fall.

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The $30 million project, known as The Union at Dearborn, which will be approximately 231,000 square feet will contain fully furnished apartments, laundry on each floor, and security cameras at each entrance to ensure students safety.

The building will also be focusing on student life with a variety of other facilities such as a new fitness center complete with a gym, a student lounge, a theater, and multiple meeting rooms all for students to use.

With this expansion of the campus and the increased number of students enrolled in the university, this development will create a more convenient and helpful environment for students at University of Michigan-Dearborn. Students do not have to live in the dorms to use all the new facilities which will make this project just as exciting to those who will still be commuting to campus.

To guarantee that students have an input in this new project that has been the talk of the school, Student Government is hosting a “Name Your Space” competition that will allow people to submit their ideas for the name of this specific building. It can be as creative or original as you want.

The competition will be open until this Thursday, November 8th at 9 PM for students to turn in their ideas for the title of the building. The submission that will be used as the name, or that will be used for the main idea of the name will receive a $100 gift card to their choice of The University of Michigan-Dearborn bookstore or the McKinley Café. In order to win, you must be a registered student.

This competition is a great way for students to get involved in this new development of their school and build excitement for the new amenities that will be available to students next fall! All name submissions should be sent to Fix-This@umd.umich.edu before 9 PM this Thursday.

Any questions about the competition can be directed toward Dennis Lienhardt at dlienhar@umd.umich.edu.

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