(Photo courtesy of One Michigan Coalition's Facebook)
(Photo courtesy of One Michigan Coalition’s Facebook)

By DENNIS LIENHARDT, Student Government President

Let’s be honest, the fall semester went by in the blink of an eye and for many of you, four months is all that separates you from graduation. At the beginning of the school year, I had the opportunity to write an article for the Michigan Journal welcoming students back to campus and urging them to get involved with an organization. “I truly believe the student life we currently have on campus is bigger and better than ever before at UM-D,” is a belief I had in September and the accomplishments of organizations on campus have led me to believe that the best is yet to come.

Whether it was trips to Detroit landmarks or singers on the UC Stage put on by Student Activities Board, the weekly publication of an award-winning student newspaper by the Michigan Journal, the amazing literary arts journal put out by Lyceum, the daily radio shows hosted by WUMD, the Free Hugs campaign or event videos by Campus Video Network, or the importance of physical activity pushed by Wolfpack, it seems like there is always something to do on the second floor of the UC.

As Student Government President, I have had the privilege of working with over 60 amazing students who have devoted so much time to Student Government (including Friday evening meetings). Whether it was implementing the first ever Student Judiciary, bringing U-M Regents to campus, allowing students to name the new student center under construction across Evergreen (Victor’s Den), or increasing funding for student organizations, my fellow students have truly tried their hardest to make a difference on campus.

I have also seen so many students join the Recognized Student Organizations on campus. With almost 200 clubs and groups currently active, there is never a dull day at UM-D. From fundraisers for a cause such as the Veterans’ Benefit Dinner, Dodge CF, Teeter Totter-a-Thon, etc to awareness events such as the Election Day Watch Party, Drunk Driving Awareness Seminar, Take Back the Night, etc. to fun events like Cardboard Boat Races, the Mocktail Party, Jamnesty, etc. there is always something to do.

While I could encourage every student on campus to get involved with something, it is up to you to take that first step. I spent three years on this campus doing nothing more than going to class, going to the library, and going home. While there is nothing wrong with this, I can say that you will be amazed at how much more you enjoy your time here if you get involved. With student housing coming to campus next fall, there are even more opportunities to get involved. I look forward to sharing Student Government’s plans for the semester with you in future issues of the MJ and I hope you consider getting involved in some aspect. Please do not hesitate to contact Student Government at umdstudentgov@umd.umich.edu or fix-this@umd.umich.edu. You can contact me personally at dlienhar@umd.umich.edu. I look forward to continue working for you this semester.