UM-Dearborn officially changes name from Wolves to Wolverines

By SARAH LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief

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ELIZABETH BASTIAN, Managing Editor

In Fall 2013, students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will proudly be able to say “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine.”

The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Dearborn have been discussing collaboration of the universities’ athletics during the last year, and it was agreed a mascot name association would help unite the campuses.

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Growing campus life, including intramural, recreational, and varsity sports would be a “collateral benefit” for both commuters and future housing residents. “It’s a great time to think about making this change with housing coming up in the fall. We want what we do for housing to be available for all of our students,” Vice Chancellor Stanley E. Henderson said.

According to Henderson, the idea was conceived when Dearborn Athletic Director Steve Rotta and Ann Arbor Athletic Director David Brandon had a conversation about further collaboration between the athletic departments.

“It seemed like there really wasn’t a bad side to doing it. The disadvantages are so minimal; you have to say, ‘Well, why wouldn’t we do it?’” Henderson said.

Brandon saw that changing the name to Wolverines would increase opportunities for Dearborn athletics including use of retired Ann Arbor sports equipment, uniforms, and occasional use of Ann Arbor athletic facilities.

“All the options available for our name being Wolverines make it an easy decision. Whether it is additional athletic resources or the marketing opportunities across campus that it will create, the Wolverine brand is really something that University of Michigan has turned into one of the most recognizable names across the country. I look forward to seeing the name change being a huge advantage for this campus in the future,” Student Government President Dennis Lienhardt said.

A survey was taken by over 1,100 faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and emeriti faculty about a united athletics systems and conversion of Wolves to Wolverines. According to Henderson there was “overwhelming support from each group approached about the name change.”

“Just like any other students, us in Student Government knew this was an option they were considering to pursue. It’s an option I felt very strongly for, and I think it will be a great decision moving forward,” Lienhardt said.

Henderson brought up an argument that was put forth that the Dearborn identity would be “subsumed” by Ann Arbor. Although, according to the survey, 87 percent felt the collaboration would benefit UM-Dearborn athletics and 77 percent already identify themselves as Wolverines.

“We’re matching what people already think,” Henderson said.

“I’m very excited for the name change to the Wolverines. While I’m a proud student at UM-Dearborn, the name change really reflects us being a large part of the University of Michigan community,” Lienhardt said.

With the change comes new branding for the UM-Dearborn campus, which will be developed before Fall 2013.

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  • ANNARBORALWAYS

    Dearborn isn’t deserving of the name. Subpar academics and a lack of a true athletics department make this a slap in the face for those of us in Ann arbor.

    • chrisloh

      Enough with elitist bs! It is still a “public” university right? :) Think about that for a minute. The only thing subpar is your attitude and 2 cent opinion. Dearborn, which is part of UM, like it or not, should not be placed lower by anyone. I think everyone at UM is striving for better education regardless of campus. I’m sure not everyone at AA is a genius. If Dearborn students want to call themselves Wolverines, so be it. Get off your self-made match-stick throne and remember that at the end of the day you succeed / fail by your own merits.

  • truewolverine

    I am sorry to burst the bubble for the Fall 2013 students… but they will never be able to say “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine” and mean it because they simply don’t/won’t/can’t actually know what it’s like since they are not true “Wolverines”. It’s not easy to become a Wolverine and the University of Michigan (and let’s be honest there is really only one) is highly selective for a reason. If you don’t go here, you shouldn’t be able to associate yourself with the reputation of excellence that has been created and maintained here. Dearborn, since you cannot possibly know, I can tell you, however, it truly is “GREAT to be a Michigan Wolverine”.

  • Eric Nelson

    It’s amazing how much Ann Arbor students hate us “scum of the earth”, wanna-be Dearborn students. Don’t you ever get tired of your own arrogance? Doesn’t your neck hurt from keeping your nose pointed straight up in the air? I have to believe that you narcissistic d-bags hate us more than you hate Michigan State Students. I used to work in Ann Arbor and I’m surprised that I was never spit on or that I was even allowed near Ann Arbors campus considering that I might taint it with my low brow, white trailer trash aura. If you pricks are ever down and or help please don’t waste your time asking the rest of us lower class citizens because we hate you as much as you hate us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.stahl.79 Kathy Stahl

    I am pleased about the name change. UM-D is part of the U of m and so its students and teams should have the name “Wolverines.”

  • UMICH

    It’s funny. I graduated from UM-D and my diploma states clearly the University of Michigan. They must have made a mistake :/

    Many of my professors at UM-D also taught at UMICH A2. Their capabilities must have slowly dissipated as they made the drive from Ann Arbor to Dearborn each time.

    Finally, most UM-D students actually work the entire time they’re in school. They have extreme discipline and perseverance. Ask employers why they are highly sought out in the Metro Detroit area.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drew.robertoy Drew Robertoy

    First and foremost I am not a UM fan in anyway, though I am from Michigan and now living in California. I think it is a little rediculous that another school would take another school’s mascot. I understand they are both universities of Michigan and they are both great schools. But that mascot is part of UM Ann Arbor’s identity. I would think the students from Dearborn would be more upset as well. In California there are four UC (UCLA, Berkley, UCSD, and UC Irvine) all of which are top notch colleges. My point is they are all good schools and they all have different mascots and identities. I just want to know what was the point of this move?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.lents.5 Bill Lents

    It sounds like people wanted to go to the big house and didn’t make it but still want to be a part of it… Michigan-Dearborn should just sell it’s campus to UofM and then they will really be wolverines!!!

  • CMSMW

    I teach on the Ann Arbor campus having previously taught at Dearborn. I strongly support this change.

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