Phil Deloria, College of LSA Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, welcomes all LSA sophomores to the Sophomore Initiative and back to campus! The Sophomore Initiative is here FOR YOU, to help you navigate through your 2nd year and make it the BEST YEAR EVER!
Here’s a #regram from @carogea of the law library, a popular study spot for many students.
Good luck with your finals everyone!
A SOPHOMORE IN ACTION: Community Service
My roommate and I like to joke sometimes that if you’re looking for a group that meets just for fun here at UM, you’re out of luck. It’s kind of an exaggeration- there are plenty of sports groups to join if you aren’t completely incapable of any sort of coordination like me, MUSKET puts on incredible productions (who saw RENT last semester?), and I lost track of how many a cappella groups exist on MaizePages. The moral is, though, that if you want to use your extracurricular space to participate in service-oriented groups and benefit the greater community, there is an enormous array of options available.
Starting broad, the co-ed professional service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega offers a brotherhood (sisterhood, too, for all my ladies out there) centered on a mutual passion for service to the campus and community. Active members participate in at least 25 hours of service a semester, and attend fellowships and weekly meetings.
If that sounds like too much, there are plenty of service-oriented groups on campus. The Detroit Partnership offers over 30 weekly programs in the city of Detroit ranging from tutoring all the way to dance. In March, they host DP Day, a Saturday where hundreds of UM students bus down to Detroit for a day of service-learning. The education reform group known as rEDesign offers start-up projects intended to better schooling for children and teens. PCAP, the Prison Creative Arts Project, offers students the opportunity to go into greater-Detroit and Ann Arbor prisons and schools to facilitate workshops in the arts with the intention to foster empowerment through creativity. And there are at least a hundred more.
Opportunities exist outside of the campus community, as well. 826michigan, located right on Liberty St. (have you ever wondered what that robot store was?) is a local non-profit committed to giving youth a space to curate their creative writing skills, as well as offering tutors in every other school subject. Volunteer opportunities range from weekly tutoring, to in-class help, to assisting with student field trips. The Hands-On Museum in Kerrytown also looks for volunteers who enjoy working with kids and watch as their fascinated little eyes learn.
This list is by no means inclusive, and by every means biased. If you do not see something here that interests you, fret not, because while we may not share the same interests, I will go out on a limb and guarantee that someone on or around this campus does. MaizePages is an excellent way to start your search. Happy hunting, and may the odds of finding a service outlet you’re passionate about be ever in your favor (hint: they are).
—Danielle Wallick, LSA sophomore majoring in English with a minor in CASC and a member of the new Semester in Detroit Cohort
President Barack Obama spoke at the University of Michigan Wednesday afternoon about raising the minimum wage to $10.10. Photos by Allison Farrand
A SOPHOMORE IN ACTION- Finding Your Niche: Freshman year was a great time to try new clubs, attend different meetings, and find out what I was really passionate about. I became involved in the LSA Student Government, and was introduced to the many committees it offers; health, academics, diversity affairs, etc. My sophomore year I have become increasingly involved in the Student Government and taken on active roles of leadership. Currently, I am the chair of the Student Life Committee, a group that aims to improve non-academic aspects of life for students on campus. We target issues of transportation, dining services, building facilities, and much more. Through our email ThisSucks@umich.edu, students are able to notify us about problems on campus, and we do our best to tackle these issues. I am proud to say I have been a part of some great changes on campus this past semester. I have worked to bring healthier late night options to residential halls, assisted the Department of Transportation in making the Safe Ride late night ride system more efficient, and created a coffee hour between Student Government members and international students. While Michigan offers a rich curriculum and great educational experience, I find equal pride in my achievements outside of the classroom. LSA Student Government has provided me with a tight-knit community among a large student population, and it’s easy for any student to get involved. The LSA SG webpage lists all committee times, and general meetings are Wednesdays at 8. I encourage students of try a meeting out… I know I’m happy I did!
-Hilary Forrest, LSA Sophomore with interests in Public Policy, Political Science and Spanish
Riley Hanson, A&D Undergrad, and Christopher Stock, LS&A Undergrad, find a way to warm up during a day that the ‘U’ cancelled classes due to fear of windchill reaching -30F on January 28, 2014.
It was a brisk 8F this afternoon when Hanson and Stock built a jump over a hill facing North Campus.
Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing
How did you spend your day off from classes?
Design by Jocelyn. Pics by @vgkids
Plans for the weekend? Go check out the 37th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, happening THIS Friday 1/31 and Saturday 2/1 at Hill Auditorium!
Welcome Dr. Mark S. Schlissel, official University of Michigan President Elect, as voted by the Regents. Go Blue!
More on Dr. Schlissel’s background and accomplishments: http://u-mich.me/umpres14
WELCOME BACK STUDENTS! Here is to your best semester yet!