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Hello Oﬀ-‐Campus Students! Student Move Out .....…….……….……...1
Staying AcFve in Ann Arbor………..……3
Join the Beyond the Diag Team!......…3
Campus Safety: Sexual Assault…...……4
How to Stay a Lean, Mean, Wolverine..…………………..………...……….6
Happy, During Exams?!…..……..…..……6
Securing Your Security Deposit .………7
Vote for TheRide Your Way! ……………7
With the warm weather approaching, and ﬁnal exams just around the corner the winter semester is ﬁnally coming to a close. Beyond the Diag wants to bring a few things to your aEenFon:
The North Ingalls neighborhood will be hosFng the last Beyond the Diag event of the school year on the Diag April 21st from 2:30-‐4:30. Come for a free caﬀeinated event complete with donuts, coﬀee and tea to help prepare your mind and body for your ﬁnal exams!
Beyond the Diag is seeking students living oﬀ-‐campus to join our team for next school year! Job descripFons and applicaFons are available online for the Neighborhood Ambassador and Program Assistant posiFons. Check out our arFcle on page 3, visit our website, or email email@example.com for more informaFon.
If you’re sFcking around for spring or summer term and living in Ann Arbor, we invite you to check out the many great events going on throughout the city. Visit Ann Arbor’s calendar of events or restaurant list for events or to check out some of the great eats Ann Arbor has to oﬀer! Go Blue!
Erica Brooksieker, MaE Lonnerstater, and Emily LusFg Beyond the Diag Program Assistants
Student Move Out
If you plan on moving out of your house or apartment this spring, chances are you have some bulky items that you’re going to want to recycle or throw away. Per city ordinance, all curbside trash must ﬁt within city-‐issued trash and recycling bins, and violators are subject to a minimum ﬁne of $100 dollars. Unfortunately, most bulky items cannot ﬁt within the city-‐issued bins. What is one to do!?
The city to the rescue! In anFcipaFon of spring student-‐move out, the city of Ann Arbor will be oﬀering a free solid waste drop oﬀ site, located at East University and Oakland (see the map below for a map of the site).
Where: IntersecFon of Oakland Ave., Tappan Ave., and East University Ave.
When: Tuesday, April 29th – Saturday, May 10th 11 am to 5 pm daily
What materials are accepted? • Bagged trash • Discarded furniture • Materials accepted for Curbside Recycling • Clothing • Non-‐perishable food • Toiletries • Furniture • Working electronic appliances
What materials are NOT accepted? • ConstrucFon Debris
Student Move-‐Out Solid Waste CollecYon Area
Please note that materials will not be accepted overnight; aker hours drop oﬀs may be subject to a ﬁne. AddiFonally, please consider donaFng usable furniture to charitable organizaFons prior to dropping it oﬀ at the collecFon site. For more informaFon call 734-‐99-‐GREEN or visit www.a2gov.org/recycle.
What if I can’t bring the materials? The following agencies may be able to pick up furniture in good condiFon from your residence: • Recycle Ann Arbor Re-‐Use Center: 734-‐222-‐7880 • Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor: 734-‐665-‐0450 • SalvaFon Army: 313-‐965-‐7760 • PTO Thrik Shop: 734-‐996-‐9195
Ann Arbor area services that will dispose of your bulky waste: • 1-‐800-‐GOT-‐JUNK • Big Time Services (734) 330-‐9000 • Calvert’s Roll-‐oﬀ Containers, Inc. (734) 426-‐2280 • Drop-‐Oﬀ StaFon (734) 426-‐2280 • Honeymoon Hauler (734) 971-‐7400
To ensure your move-‐out process is smooth, plan ahead to properly dispose of your large items and be sure to contact these services ﬁrst to be informed about their individual policies.
Contributed by Erica Brooksieker & Ma5hew Lonnerstater
Photo courtesy of annarbor.com
Located between Geddes Avenue and the Huron River, Nichol’s Arboretum (commonly referred to as “the Arb”) is a great place to exercise with friends, picnic, or just relax with a book. Some notable features include the Peony Garden, located by the Washington Heights entrance, and the Huron River. To cool oﬀ in the hot, summer months you can canoe, kayak or ﬂoat down the river on an inner tube. With over 4 miles of well marked trails , you can spend an enFre akernoon exploring this expansive green space. Here, you can ﬁnd an online map of the Arb to prepare before you venture out.
The Arb is also home to many naFve and exoFc plants and trees. There are lots of markers that list the names of the plants and trees present in that area and be sure to keep a look out for poisonous plant warnings!
From sunrise unFl sunset , the Arb is open seven days a week. There are oken police cars patrolling aker hours, so make sure to leave before close, or you may be faced with a trespassing ﬁne. There are three main entrances: oﬀ of Geddes Ave. by Oxford Housing, oﬀ of Washington Heights by Markley Hall, and through the River entry which is down by the University Hospital. Be sure to follow these rules to ensure your visit to the Arb is safe:
Ø Stay on the paths in wooded areas & do not handle wildlife Ø Alcohol, campﬁres, and outdoor cooking are not permiEed Ø Dogs and other pets must be on leashes Ø Bicycles are prohibited through the Arb
Contributed by Callie Kalinowski Photo courtesy of h5p://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/see/NicholsArboretum.asp
As the semester winds down to a close, Spring Commencement draws closer and closer. Commencement is an exciFng Fme for graduaFng students, as it marks the end of their incredible experience at the University, as well as the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. Spring Commencement will take place Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m., at the Big House.
Graduates, you can look at the Graduate Checklist on the commencement website to make sure your graduaFon day is stress-‐free. Family and friends aEending commencement have a lot of preparaFon to do as well; so, please ask your guests to look at the Guest Checklist on the website as well to ensure an enjoyable day come May 3rd.
Graduate and guest Fckets will be available for pickup by upcoming grads at the Alumni Center, in the Founder’s Room on Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are free of charge and are marked with a secFon, row, and seat number. Students are allowed up to 8 guest Fckets, but must pick up their own graduate Fcket even if they do not intend to pick up any guest Fckets. For more informaFon on seaFng, travel, parking, and the schedule for the ceremony, please visit the Commencement website.
Photo courtesy of h5ps://www.facebook.com/umspringcommencement Contributed by Gabriela Vasquez
Staying Active in Ann Arbor
Who isn’t ready for spring this year aker one of the snowiest and coldest winters on record? It’s Fme to shed those miEens and boots and head outdoors! Ann Arbor has so much to oﬀer in terms of outdoor acFviFes, here are just a few.
Hudson Mills Metropark: One of several parks in the Huron-‐Clinton Metro parks system, Hudson Mills is just 12 miles northwest of Ann Arbor in Dexter, Michigan. This gem of a park oﬀers walking/biking/ roller blading trails, tennis courts, sokball diamonds, volleyball courts and soccer ﬁelds. There are two 24-‐hole world-‐class disc golf courses and you can even rent discs if you don’t have your own. Plan your day by renFng a canoe at Gallup Park or Argo and get dropped oﬀ at Hudson Mills to paddle downstream on the beauFful Huron River. An 18-‐hole ball golf course is nearby as well!
Canoe and kayak at Argo Cascades, dirt bike at Bandemer Park, and more disc golﬁng is available at Mary Beth Doyle and Bandemer Parks. A brand new 30,000 square feet skatepark is scheduled to open this spring at Veterans Memorial Park and will be free of charge. Bring your swimming suit outdoors at Fuller, Buhr or Veterans Memorial Parks. The city also has many tennis courts available for use.
If you will be on campus this spring/summer, don’t forget that U-‐Move Fitness also has ongoing ﬁtness classes both indoors and out! Enjoy Zumba, yoga, bootcamp, and toning classes, or learn how to play golf, tennis or learn to swim. RegistraFon for spring and summer classes opens on Monday, April 7. Spring classes begin Tuesday, May 6. Classes are value priced too, so get your Move On this summer!
Photo courtesy of moveitpeople.com Contributed by Sheila Calhoun, U-‐Move Fitness & Kidsport Assistant Director
Join the Beyond the Diag Team! Beyond the Diag is looking for oﬀ-‐campus students interested in: • Fostering a greater sense of community • Improving communicaFon between students, the University and the Ann Arbor community • Raising awareness of safety issues • PromoFng responsible ciFzenship to all oﬀ-‐campus students.
We have two categories of jobs available for next term! Visit our website for full job descripFons and apply online!
Neighborhood Ambassadors (NA) reside in one of the near campus neighborhoods. Our NAs serve as liaisons connecFng oﬀ-‐campus students to University resources and coordinate the planning and execuFon of neighborhood speciﬁc events. For a full job descripFon, click here.
Program Assistants (PA)provide leadership, administraFve support, and innovaFve guidance to advance the Beyond the Diag program. PAs hold regular BTD oﬃce hours and are expected to have ﬁrst-‐hand experience and knowledge of student safety issues from a University-‐wide perspecFve. For a full job descripFon click here.
If you have more quesFons about Beyond the Diag, or becoming part of our team, please contact us by either calling the Dean of Students Oﬃce at: 734-‐764-‐7420 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traveling Safely One of the many items on your checklists before going abroad should be purchasing the required travel insurance and making sure you are able to stay safe and healthy while being away from home. Through the University of Michigan, you can purchase overseas medical insurance, whether you are traveling with a University program, an outside program, or just for leisure. The plan is cheap and can ensure that you are covered in case of an emergency or health situaFon while you’re abroad.
In addiFon to insurance, here are a few other ways to make sure you stay safe while abroad:
• Have a travel buddy to explore new places abroad that you can trust. This doesn’t exclude you from meeFng new people, rather it ensures that you don’t venture oﬀ alone. Having a friend watch your back is always nice and two heads are beEer than one!
• Check travel warnings before you leave and take precauFons in countries labeled as having a signiﬁcant level of risk. You can be beEer prepared for your trip by doing this before you leave!
• Stay updated on vaccinaYons recommended for the region to which you are traveling. Appointments for vaccinaFons can be made through UHS and should be made well ahead of Fme to make sure you are able to receive all necessary doses before leaving.
• Make sure to take common medicines with you while packing for your adventures abroad that may not be available elsewhere. Remember to get a supply from your doctor for medicaFons you are taking regularly that will last for the enFrety of the trip. As always, don’t be discouraged if you do forget something, you will oken have access to a pharmacy overseas. • Ask for help navigaYng the foreign medical system. Your program manager abroad or local friends are a good place to start!
Be sure to check out the UHS recommendaFons as well as the InternaFonal Center’s Fps for preparing to study abroad, too. Safe and happy travels from Beyond the Diag!
Contributed by Anastasia Tkach Photo courtesy of h5p://tsn.ua/
Campus Safety: Sexual Assault
Here are some risk reducFon techniques to keep in mind, courtesy of the 2014 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report.
Ø It is never okay to coerce someone to engage in sexual acFvity. Ø “Force” is considered emoFonal coercion, verbal pressure and inFmidaFon as well as physical force. Ø Support your friends by intervening if you see them making decisions that are harmful to others or themselves. Ø Consent means sober, verbal permission for every sexual acFvity. Consent cannot be given if one or both parFes is capacitated in any form, which includes alcohol or drugs. Ø It is your responsibility to make sure your partner is consenFng to all sexual acFvity.
Contributed by Emily LusQg, Campus Safety and Security Commission Chair
Summer Renovations With the arrival of May, construcFon acFvity near the Michigan Union will increase. In addiFon to the acFvity at South Quad, which will conFnue through the summer, West Quad will close for a deep renovaFon over the next 15 months. The perimeter around West Quad will be fenced, including sidewalks adjacent to the building. The sidewalk along Cambridge House, leading up to the Union from Madison Street, will be closed. Thompson Street will be closed to traﬃc and pedestrians between Madison and Kennedy Drive as construcFon of the Munger graduate residence conFnues unFl fall of 2015. To the south of the Munger site, Madison Street will be closed to traﬃc and pedestrians between Thompson and Packard streets. So, for many months ahead there will be detours in place for students walking, biking or driving toward the Michigan Union from south of Madison and west of Division streets. Detour informaFon will be posted along the perimeter of the construcFon sites. The map below indicates the anFcipated closure for May 2014 – Summer 2015. Updates may be posted at hEp://www.aec.bf.umich.edu/campus.maps/construcFonfencing.html. Please be safe: follow the posted detours and do not cross any construcFon barriers. Contributed by Peter Logan, Student Life Director of CommunicaQons
How to Stay a Lean, Mean, Wolverine
Since the end of November, us Wolverines have waged a ferocious baEle against negaFve temperatures, painful arcFc winds, slushy and snowy sidewalks, and have fallen vicFm at least once to a patch of black ice. With the arrival of April, we can see the light at the end of the frozen tunnel: the sun. Since many of us have not seen the sun for what seems like an eternity, it is easy to see how soaking in as many rays as we can by the pool won’t necessarily promote an acFve summer. Do not fret because these ﬁtness suggesFons (courtesy of Livestrong) will keep you healthy and looking great all the way to September!
Work Out in the Morning: The heat (and humidity) is an amazing excuse to stay inside and watch TV. If you can commit to exercising in the morning before the sun’s rays become too intense, a good morning workout session helps wake you up. Then, you can spend the rest of the day ﬁnding the perfect spot by the pool.
Be an AcYve Tourist: Tourism does not have to be a lot of siyng around. Ditch the bus tours and explore a city’s shops and landmarks by foot. Get oﬀ the beach and try surﬁng, kayaking, etc. Don’t just take pictures of the mountain-‐ ﬁnd a trail and take a day hike with friends. You will sFll have plenty of Fme to put your feet up, just make sure they are on the ground at some point during your trip.
Water, Water, and More Water: Classic summer drinks like lemonade and iced tea are super tasty and refreshing, but like everything, consume in moderaFon. While delicious, these drinks do liEle in terms of promoFng hydraFon and have a lot of calories associated with them. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day and if you are looking to spice up your water a liEle bit, add a slice of fresh citrus fruit to a freezer chilled pitcher.
Contributed by Aaron Sanﬁeld
Happy, During Exams?! Research on posiFve psychology and happiness is popping up like daﬀodils in spring. Happy is a 75-‐ minute movie available on Nexlix, at libraries, and online. It’s an engaging diversion that oﬀers speciﬁc pracFces to help you be happier which will aid you in dealing with stress during exams and for overall stress management.
The documentary includes interviews with people from the slums of Kolkata to the middle class in Denmark-‐ it demonstrates that people in strikingly diﬀerent circumstances can all be happy. Want to lessen depression? Write down what or who you are grateful for and why, this simple act, done weekly, was shown to reduce depression in college students. None of these acFviFes has to take a big chunk out of precious study Fme. Take a break and check out the movie, it can be a nice de-‐stressor!
Here are some more Fps from the movie to help you improve your happiness:
Ø Express graYtude o^en: tell people what they mean to you Ø Do something new: take a diﬀerent route home Ø Get physical, play, get out in nature: walk through the Arb Ø Connect with people you like: meet a friend for tea or coﬀee Ø Go with your ﬂow acYviYes: stop what you’re doing and listen to music or create something Ø Find experiences that oﬀer deeper meaning: take Fme to serve others or get in touch with your spiritual roots
Contributed by Marsha Benz, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service
Securing Your Security Deposit
You always paid your rent on Fme, you took good care of your residence, now it’s Fme to move out and you want your security deposit back, right? Your landlord may deduct money from your deposit for unpaid rent (including late-‐payment fees), unpaid uFlity bills, or actual damage to the unit. But deducFons cannot be made for cleaning or for normal wear and tear. Here’s what you can do to secure your security deposit:
Provide a forwarding address in wriYng well before you move out. In order to receive your deposit back, you must give your landlord a forwarding address within four days of move out. Student Legal Services recommends that you send it via email AND snail-‐mail. If you don’t, the rental company may not be obligated to give you an itemized list of the damages claimed against you. You should keep a copy of the noFce that you provided to your landlord.
Within 30 days of move-‐out you should receive an itemized list of damages or your full deposit back from your landlord. Your landlord must mail you a list of damages, the cost of repairs, the reasons why he/she has deducted money, and a check for the remainder of your deposit. If you provide a forwarding address and do not receive this informaFon within 30 days, the company must send you the enFre deposit amount.
Respond with any disagreements promptly. You must noFfy your landlord by mail if you disagree with any of the damages listed within 7 days, so act quickly! If you respond aker 7 days, you may forfeit the amount that your landlord has claimed. Make sure you respond in detail, and refer to your Inventory Checklist (plus any pre-‐move in pictures) as proof of any pre-‐exisFng damages to the unit.
Within 45 days of move-‐out, seble all disputes. If you properly objected to the damages claimed, your landlord must either return the balance of your security deposit, start a suit against you, or come to an agreement in wriFng about the amount each party will retain. If you sFll have trouble geyng your security deposit back, contact legal help. If you have not received any correspondence from your landlord and sFll haven’t goEen your security deposit back, you may be enFtled to twice the amount of the security deposit retained.
Photo courtesy of morningliberty.com
Contributed by Alexander Blaty
Vote for TheRide Your Way!
As TheRide welcomes new members into the Authority to create a true urban core transportaFon system, there are opportuniFes to improve service for all residents. Through input from the community, over the next few years TheRide will look to improve service, focusing on accessibility of jobs, economic health and public safety.
On Tuesday, May 6, registered voters in the ciFes of Ann Arbor, YpsilanF, and YpsilanF Township will vote for the Public TransportaFon Improvement Millage. This is a criFcal date for the future of public transportaFon in the ciFes of Ann Arbor, YpsilanF, and YpsilanF Township.
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