BY HALEY GOLDBERG
In these eight pages, you can read the stories of the 11 nominees we felt embodied a “Student of the Year.” They’re students working to aid communities near and far, advocating for justice on campus, representing the University proudly on the field, on the court and overall making this campus a better place.
BY AARON GUGGENHEIM
Elisabeth Hindert, an LSA senior, is the head of marketing for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group that works to connect student-athletes with the community, and the director of I Will, a student campaign to educate students and raise awareness about sexual assault at the University
BY DANIEL WASSERMAN
Since the moment Trey Burke committed to playing one more season last April, the ensuing 12 months seemed to come out of a fairytale.
BY KAYLA UPADHYAYA
Sripriya Navalpakam isn’t just an entrepreneur: She’s an activist. A Business sophomore, Navalpakam knew she wanted to go to business school when she was in eighth grade.
BY STEVE ZOSKI
A student’s first year at the University can be overwhelming, but as a passionate performer, student, artist and advocate for social justice, freshman Brian Garcia is already beginning to make a difference.
BY HARSHA NAHATA
Meet Rama Mwenesi, a senior studying industrial and operations engineering. Mwenesi is the co-founder of E-MAGINE, a multidisciplinary organization that works to provide Internet access to rural, marginalized populations across the world.
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BY ZACH HELFAND
Denard Robinson was on the phone. He was on his way to a workout with the Washington Redskins. The LSA senior wanted to talk about a graduation bucket list.
STUDENTS OF THE YEAR 2012-2013
BY ALICIA ADAMCZYK
While many college students barely have time to heat up a bowl of ramen noodles, LSA senior Meaghan O’Connor has baked over 1,000 cupcakes this year. But the Grand Rapids, Mich. native isn’t trying to fill an insatiable sweet tooth — she’s hoping to inspire students around campus.
BY JENNIFER XU
Anxious, restless and disarmingly modest in manner and speech, Public Policy senior Kevin Mersol-Barg does not resemble your typical political figure. Whereas some great orators have relied on theatrics to get their point across, Mersol-Barg’s speech patterns are completely and utterly drama-free.
BY JENNIFER CALFAS
For LSA seniors Josh Buoy and Stephanie Hamel, their film endeavors began in middle school, with a class project entitled “The Afrenchists,” which depicted French kings in the style of the television series “The Apprentice."
STUDENTS OF THE YEAR 2012-2013
BY ALEXA DETTELBACH
Jenny Ryan is a lot of things. She’s an LSA senior, a point guard, she was the captain of the 2012-2013 women’s basketball squad and she’s a third team All-Big Ten selection.
But above all else, Jenny Ryan is a Wolverine.
The Saginaw native will go down as one of the best women’s basketball players in program history, both on and off the court.