By HANNAH GENIG, Sports Editor
Being a Michigan Wolverine means more than just attending one of the best university systems in the country. It means more than just packing into the Big House on a crisp fall afternoon to cheer on coach Harbaugh and the team, or being in the Fieldhouse to witness Jalissa Williams score her 1,000th point. Being a Wolverine comes with an overwhelming sense of pride, a pride that represents itself on our campus by the powerful colors of maize and blue.
In order to revamp this sense of pride for the Wolverines in Dearborn, new banners were designed featuring an array of current student athletes. Now, not only will these athletes be seen on the field, they may even sit next to us in class. According to athletic director Matthew Beaudry, choosing current students for the banner was a top priority, making it more relatable and unified for the entire student body.
“We’re hoping these banners will give rise to a new era. That’s really the focal point behind branding them as they are; to provide a positive representation for our campus,” Beaudry said.
Brody Hall of the men’s soccer team, Matthew Rosteck from the men’s lacrosse team and Katherine Nealy from the women’s volleyball team are just a few of the talented athletes featured on these dominant banners. Various coaches worked exclusively with UM-Dearborn’s external relations department in selecting these particular players before the final design was completed.
Despite how recent this change was, the design has already made quite the impact on the entire campus. “The athletes absolutely love it, and actually, I just saw a few students stopping to look at it and take pictures,” Beaudry said.
At UM-Dearborn, we take pride in both our athletes and our students. With these new incredible banners, we can show the world what we represent because at the end of the day, we are Wolverines.