By AMANDA GHANNAM, Staff Writer
UM-Dearborn held its first annual Athletics Week January 13 through the 17 in the first full week of the winter semester. This week long extravaganza highlighted student involvement in extracurricular activities and sports, including basketball and hockey.
On Monday, the Student Activities Board hosted a “Winter Welcome” student organization fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kochoff Hall. Appearances were made by a variety of student organizations seeking to increase their membership and create a stronger presence on campus, from sports groups such as the Tennis Club to service organizations like She’s The First.
“The fair was successful, but as always, I see things to improve on. It was great to see so many different clubs and people come out to it!” said President of Student Activities Board Sarah Idriss. Idriss is a senior and double major in Marketing and Communications.
On Tuesday, a Winter Carnival was held, again in Kochoff Hall. The carnival activities included games, a street sign maker, and a hologram crystal maker.
“There are a couple important aspects with regard to hosting events, such as: great organization, different ideas, and doing things that people want to see,” Idriss added.
Putting the “Athletics” in Athletics Week, two basketball games—women’s at 5:30, and men’s at 7:30 p.m.—were held back-to-back in the Fieldhouse on Wednesday as the UM-Dearborn Wolverines battled Concordia University. The men’s basketball team suffered a loss with a score of 74-52, and the women’s team lost in overtime, 75-71. Two scholarships worth $100 each were given away at halftime and two tickets to the Detroit Pistons vs. Utah Jazz basketball game, which took place the night of Friday, January 17 were also given away.
On Friday, the UM-Dearborn ice hockey team took on the Colorado State Rams, securing a victory that would extend the Wolverines’ winning streak to three games in a row. At the end of the match, the final score was 8-3—but before the game was over, Michigan students who attended the game had a chance to win three more $100 scholarships, presented by Athletic Department at UM-Dearborn. Two additional $50 scholarships were being given away by UM-Dearborn Greek Life. The recipients of the Greek Life scholarships were Shannon Parsons and Jennifer Steda.
The week’s emphasis on athletic events will serve to help the recent attempts to rebrand UM-Dearborn athletics; earlier components of this campaign included changing the UM-Dearborn team name from the Wolves to the Wolverines, and unveiling a new banner displaying Dearborn athletes on the Field House. By partnering with the Student Activities Board, the athletics-related events were able to reach a wider audience on campus.
“SAB hopes to keep pushing boundaries and trying new things that will, hopefully, appeal to all of our student body,” Idriss said.