The first few weeks of September are unlike any other time of the year. They are a magical, blissful period where students are simply happy to be back on campus before the full brunt of all their classes has started to set in. Days are filled with meeting up with friends, getting lost between buildings, and promising yourself that this will finally be the year you get off that random club’s email list. Campus is filled with hammock enthusiasts and preachers alike as they scramble to make the most out of the diag before the weather goes bad. Some days it feels you can barely go ten feet without tripping over one, whether peacefully cocooned between trees or shouting slurs at the top of their lungs. This last bit, of course, is regarding the infamous diag preachers. While I am sure homophobic hammock users exist, I have yet to meet one.
Donald Trump may finally be on his way out. After an unidentified CIA whistleblower shed light on Trump’s abuse of power, Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against the president on September 24. The House of Representatives will vote on articles of impeachment to send the case to Senate for trial. So far, Trump has been accused of promising a meeting and military aid to Ukrainian President Zolodymyr Zelensky in a quid pro quo exchange for a political investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the country. Although previous investigations have shown no wrongdoing on the part of Joe or Hunter Biden, Trump has attempted to use his position to dredge up dirt against a potential political opponent in the 2020 election.
On Sunday, October 6, Michigan Athletics held its first ever LGBTQ+ Pride Day. Hosted at the University of Michigan’s soccer stadium, the event took place during the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Doubleheader game. The Pride Day event aimed to make a show of support for LGBTQ+ athletes at the University of Michigan and to promote visibility and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. Nathan Brecht, Assistant Director of Fan Experience at the University of Michigan Athletics Department, told us, “We have been exploring the idea of doing a Pride Day for quite some time as part of our overall programming and with an eye towards student engagement and diversity. We strive to use our platforms to engage people from all backgrounds, experiences and interests.”