‘The Michigan’s’ mighty comeback

Dramatic shot of a hockey player on an outdoor ice rink with mountain in the background. The player wears maize.

A new ESPN documentary from Jon Fish, BA ’95, documents the trajectory of Mike Legg’s heart-stopping play that secured the 1996 NCAA title for Red Berenson’s Wolverines. After fading into obscurity for nearly three decades, Legg’s move ‘the Michigan’ is back with a vengeance, changing the game at every level.

  1. Michigan’s affirmative action debate

    To settle the Black Action Movement strike in 1970, the University promised enough financial aid to raise Black enrollment to 10 percent. The aid promise was kept. But Black enrollment rose only by small increments through the 1980s. So Black students and their supporters insisted that U-M do more. (Part 2 of a 2-part series.)

  2. Hey Siri, are we cool?

    AI is developing rapidly, and there’s no consensus on what that means. Some think it will lead to human extinction. Others point out that it could help address medicine shortages or plan vacations. So what do humans do with all this? LSA faculty and alumni experts weigh in on what to make of AI’s changing landscape.

  3. Managing screen time by making phones slightly more annoying to use

    The best way to help smartphone users manage their screen time may be to make phones progressively more annoying to use, according to new U-M research. Delaying a phone’s swiping and tapping functions forces users to think harder, making it easier for them to consider whether to keep scrolling.

  4. Michigan Stadium to begin alcohol sales this football season

    The University of Michigan athletics department will begin selling alcohol at Michigan Stadium with the 2024 football season, after carefully reviewing previous alcohol-sale rollouts and fan experiences at Yost Ice Arena and Crisler Center.

  5. Researchers create human aortic aneurysm model

    Using human cells in laboratory rats, Michigan Medicine researchers have developed a functional model of thoracic aortic aneurysm, creating new opportunities for understanding disease development and treatment. No treatments currently exist for the condition, which is a weakening and bulging at the body’s largest blood vessel in the chest.  

  6. Encampment cleared: Campus climate update

    Update May 21: Police have cleared the pro-Palestinian encampment on the University of Michigan Diag. Student protesters demand the University divest from companies profiting from the conflict. Read the administration’s statements regarding recent events, both on and off campus.

It’s only the beginning

More than 8,500 graduates attended Spring Commencement May 4, their seats filling the field at Michigan Stadium. They were surrounded by thousands of joyful family, friends, and supporters. Commencement speaker Brad Meltzer, BA ’92, a best-selling writer (fiction, non-fiction, comic books, and television) encouraged students to commit the most radical act imaginable by “unleashing your kindness.” The commissioning ceremony was interrupted by approximately 75 pro-Palestinian protesters who gathered at the rear of the student section and moved down the center aisle, waving flags and chanting, “Disclose. Divest. We will not stop. We will not rest.” After about 15 minutes, the demonstrators moved to the back of the stadium — guided by officers — and the program continued. Read the complete story and see more photos at The University Record.

  • Hat trick

    “As you leave Michigan, write in pencil and be unafraid to use the eraser,” said commencement speaker and best-selling author Brad Meltzer, BA ’92. “The most sophisticated and intelligent people I know are the ones willing to challenge their thinking and admit there’s more to learn.” (Image credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

    Students toss graduation caps in the air.
  • Super heroes

    Commencement speaker Brad Meltzer, BA ’92, recounted the thrill of seeing classmate Desmond Howard pull the Heisman pose at his own graduation, then invited Howard, along with 2023 national champions Blake Corum and J.J. McCarthy to the stage. Talk about a modern-day thrill for the Class of 2024.

    Four men stand on stage at Michigan Stadium opening their graduation gowns to reveal Block M t-shirts.
  • There’s two in every crowd…

    “We’re so proud of your achievements, and we look forward to all that you will do,” President Santa Ono told the graduates. “You will always be part of the University of Michigan family.” Even these characters. (Image credit: Sarah Rice, Michigan Photography)

    Two students dressed as Spiderman in their caps and gowns.
  • Heart to heart

    “Far too much importance is placed on ideals, positions, and demands rather than the human lives that they affect,” said Faculty Senate Chair Tom Braun in his address to the graduates. “I hope you are able to peacefully find your way to be heard, and allow others to be heard, in a vast and often confusing world.” (Image credit: Sarah Rice, Michigan Photography)

    Two females in caps and gowns embrace in Michigan Stadium.
  • Flagged

    “In the end, don’t vanquish your critics. Prove them wrong,” commencement speaker Brad Meltzer, BA ’92, told the Class of 2024. (Image credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

    Grad in cap and gown waves Michigan flag in Michigan Stadium.
  • The COVID generation finally gets a graduation

    “I’d like to offer my most sincere congratulations to our graduates, for all they have done to reach this milestone, and for all you are going to achieve moving forward in your lives,” said President Santa Ono.

    President Ono, an Asian male in glasses, stands at podium on graduation day. 2024