Photo Courtesy of David Renard

By AMANDA GHANNAM, Staff Writer

Another winter semester is coming to an end. After a full academic year, many students are ready for a break from the campus environment, and even the most devoted University of Michigan-Dearborn students can identify a thing or two they’d like to change about our school. Many campus improvements and changes are being implemented after this year; for example, beginning in the Fall, class times will be completely different (such as 9:30-10:45 instead of 9:55-11:10). With this in mind, we asked UM-Dearborn students what they think the school can improve on—and they have a lot of ideas for all areas of student life, from academics to recreation.

Photo Courtesy of Mohamed el-Jammali
Photo Courtesy of Mohamed el-Jammali

“Update the Wellness Center and gym!” said Mohamed el-Jammali, Biology major and sophomore. “I believe it is past due for updates to our very own fitness facility. Faulty cables, overused free weights, and worn out benches are what remains for use. As a student who takes health and fitness activity very seriously, and just like any typical college student, we are broke and most cannot afford an upscale fitness membership. A solution to this issue would be to start charging fees for gym usage at reasonable, low prices and use that money towards maintaining equipment as well as for sanitary purposes.”

Photo Courtesy of Fatima Fakhreddine
Photo Courtesy of Fatima Fakhreddine

Fatima Fakhreddine, senior and Journalism major, said student organizations need more space. “They can improve in terms of cubicles in the student organization room. Not many orgs got cubicles this year…and some were empty,” she pointed out. “I saw a cubicle that has just a portable piano o it. I also have seen a couple empty ones. I know of some active orgs that did not get a cubicle all year.”

Photo Courtesy of Heba Basha
Photo Courtesy of Heba Basha

Other suggested improvements would take place in the classrooms. “[Improve on] laboratory instruments!” said Heba Basha, a sophomore studying biochemistry. “Microscopes, centrifuges, micropipettes! They are so outdated, it’s ridiculous.” As many have already observed, the Science Building is currently in the middle of a makeover, but whether this includes new lab equipment remains to be seen.

Photo Courtesy of David Renard
Photo Courtesy of David Renard

David Renard, a junior and Chemistry major, had a simple but equally practical suggestion. “The $25.00 allowance for printing we get every semester should roll over to the next semester,” he said. The printing allowance has been criticized before—a rollover might be useful for students who have to print more documents or presentations for classes.

Several students, including Firas Nabil, a senior finishing his engineering degree, and Malak Nasser, a freshman studying biology, also cited the relative lack of course options in the spring and summer terms as a potential area for improvement. Most of the classes offered during spring and summer are lower-level prerequisite courses—for anyone who has already completed their prerequisites, the class choices are slim at best in the summer.

One way students can make these suggestions known is by suggesting them to Student Government, which regularly holds coffee hours and town hall meetings specifically to address these types of concerns. Who knows—maybe the students who came up with these ideas will see their suggestions implemented in the fall.