Beyond The Diag - November 2022

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We're into the heart of the semester, and although midterms are coming up, there are lots of activities and events taking place both on and off-campus during November. Take a look at this month's newsletter for more details!

Office of Student Conflict Resolution

The Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR) is a free service available to all students (undergraduate & graduate) who may be experiencing conflict. OSCR offers a variety of services around conflict resolution including 1:1 consultations, conflict coaching, facilitated dialogues, shuttle negotiation, and formal conflict resolution. Common conflicts we help with can include  roommates, student organizations, classroom/lab dynamics, faculty/staff, and/or a conflict with a community member. OSCR supports students navigating conflicts.

Voting and Voter Registration

On Tuesday, November 8, there will be statewide general elections occurring all over the country. If you are a U.S. citizen you have the option to register to vote here in Ann Arbor using your college address, or you can register to vote using your home address somewhere else in Michigan or outside the state. Consider local issues and ballot proposals that are important to you. Not sure what is going to be on either ballot?

Construction of new CCRB and temporary domed facility

The Central Campus Recreational Building (CCRB) is closing on December 9 at 9pm, and in January 2023, the demolition of the current building and construction of the new CCRB will commence. The new facility is expected to be ready Fall 2025 and will be built on the same site as the current CCRB. In this new 200,000-square-foot recreational facility, there will be more offerings beyond what was originally found at the current CCRB for students and members, including climbing and bouldering walls, a turf court, cycling studio, and more.

Native American Heritage Month

The Native American Heritage Month committee and MESA are excited to host a variety of events throughout the month of November that honor the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native American people. The lineup of events commenced on November 1st with “She’s Gone Missing: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Heather Bruegl.” The focus of this event was on learning more about the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the United States, why these crimes go unreported, and what we can do to make sure that we keep women safe moving forward.

Blood Battle

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Blood Battle versus Ohio State! From October 27th to November 23rd there will be blood drives across campus where you can not only help save lives but we can beat the Buckeyes for the most pints donated. Blood shortages are a big issue - only 37% of the U.S. population is able to donate blood and of that small percentage, only 10% do so annually. An hour of your time can save up to three lives. 

Veterans Week Activities

The University of Michigan Veteran and Military Services department is proud to present a variety of Veterans Week activities from November 7th through 11th. This annual week of programming offers opportunities for the campus community to engage in activities that celebrate veterans and educate people about the experiences of those who have served our country.

Early Leasing and Right to Renew City Ordinances

On October 3, 2022 the Ann Arbor City Council adopted a Right to Renew Ordinance. The Right to Renew Ordinance requires landlords in Ann Arbor to make a good faith offer to renew a lease to a tenant 180 days prior to the end of their current lease, unless the landlord can establish good cause not to renew to the current tenant.  Relocation assistance is mandated if a landlord fails to offer a renewal or show good cause not to renew.

Student Well-being Network

Still finding your way at U-M? Interested in bringing people together to connect and collaborate? The Student Well-being Network (SWBN), a core component of U-M’s Well-being Collective, is currently accepting student applications through November 11, 2022. Students in this group will promote the health and well-being of our community by focusing on policies and systems-level change at the University of Michigan. Additionally, they will help pilot well-being technology and contribute to student-focused well-being campaigns.

Seasonal Affective Disorder and You

The seasons are changing, and it's slowly becoming colder! You know what that means: winter blues. If you get sad when the seasons change, you aren't the only one; many people may feel down when winter rolls around. However, if you feel as though you can't get out of bed or enjoy activities that you love, have work or school problems because of sadness during the winter, and have consistently lower energy during the colder months, you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 

Trans Day of Remembrance

In partnership with the LGBT centers on UM Dearborn and UM Flint campuses, Spectrum Center will be hosting a Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) observance, on Thursday, November 17.


Thanksgiving break is coming up and I know we all need it after this busy semester! This is a great time to travel, visit family and friends, and eat a lot of good food. If you’re wondering how to get to the airport, the Airbus has got you covered. The Central Student Government (CSG) runs this service that helps provide low-cost rides to the Detroit airport from campus during all major university breaks.

Scam activity targeting students

November is No Scam November, so it’s time to brush up on how you can stop the scam. The best way to protect yourself from scams is to know how to spot them. Here are some of the most common scams that DPSS has seen at U-M: