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University of Michigan Students Share Thoughts On New President

Sep 5, 2014

The University of Michigan is celebrating the inauguration of Mark Schlissel as the school's 14th president.  Many students don't know much about Schlissel and have varied thoughts on what they want him to do.

Credit Andrew Cluley

Mark Schlissel has been leading the University of Michigan since the middle of July when Mary Sue Coleman retired after 12 years as president.

So what do students think of the new president? The most common response from students on the diag was an admission of not knowing much about him.

That doesn't mean students don't have ideas they would like Schlissel to implement. Briana Hebl from Saginaw wants to see a shift in the university's priorities. "Help students who are here for academics more than the athletes because they have a lot of privileges already, so it kind of leaves us out," Hebl says.

Schlissel says athletics creates excitement for students and a connection with alumni, but the university's heart is research and teaching for the benefit of society.  

Other changes students proposed were a little less serious, including a request for more snow days, more guest meals so students can check out the renovated South Quad dining hall, and of course lower tuition.

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