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Coleman opens doors to campus students

When President Mary Sue Coleman welcomed hundreds of students into her home on South University, the line to meet her stretched out the door and down the sidewalk.
President Mary Sue Coleman welcomes a long line of students to her home during an annual open house event. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Some 400 students from all academic areas took advantage of the opportunity Sept. 4 to meet Coleman and glimpse her home during the president's annual fall open house. Students signed a guestbook and enjoyed cookies, cider, and maize and blue jelly beans.

Coleman welcomed the chance to meet with students in a more personal atmosphere.

"It's wonderful to open up my house to students, because they see it and walk by it all of the time," Coleman says. "I love to let them come inside."

Students wandered the bright and elegant rooms of the 1840 house, chattering about their reasons for coming.

Mechanical engineering student Lindsay Klick says she came to get her picture taken with Coleman.

Sophomore Alex Serwer first attended the event last year after hearing about it during freshman convocation. "There was good food and really good cider, so I came again," Serwer says.

Students came prepared with a variety of questions for Coleman, ranging from inquiries about her grand piano to the lowering the drinking age. Others, like School of Information graduate student Kelli Herm, simply were excited to be there.

"I wanted to see what it's all about and just meet her," Herm says.

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