Oh yes, he’s a great pretender

Jim Dale at Manhattan bookstore with graffiti

Don’t call him a ghostwriter. Shape-shifting biographer James Dale, BA ’70, prefers ‘co-author,’ as he pens the life stories of athlete Cal Ripken Jr., sports agent Ron Shapiro, and political activist Elijah Cummings, to name just a few.

  1. U-M startup joins White House partnership to remove lead pipes

    The water analytics company BlueConduit originated the approach of using machine learning to predict the location of lead pipes. By joining the Biden-Harris Get the Lead Out Partnership, the firm will multiply combined efforts to exponentially reduce risk to American families.

  2. Michigan Announces LEARFIELD Allied NIL Initiative for Brands

    The University of Michigan and Michigan Sports Properties have announced they will incorporate LEARFIELD Allied, a first-of-its-kind initiative enabling brands to partner with universities and student-athletes to create co-branding opportunities around name, image, and likeness (NIL).

  3. Keep the light alive: The glimmer of cautious optimism

    To memorialize students who died in service during World War II, U-M officials sought input from such global luminaries as Winston Churchill and Orson Welles. But in the end, a new generation of students created a different kind of tribute — one that could ‘actually do something.’

  4. This is your brain at work

    Jobs characterized by cognitive complexity reinforce healthy brain reserves while repetitive occupations, especially in loud environments, can lead to mental decline, says Amanda Sonnega at U-M’s Institute for Social Research. Fear not: She has some ‘occupational interventions’ to share.

  5. Life in plastic, not so fantastic

    Visitors to this interactive Ann Arbor exhibit by Brooklyn-based artist and environmental activist Robin Frohardt will immerse in a 6,000-square-foot supermarket in which every banana, every frozen pizza, every sushi roll, and every box of cereal is made of single-use plastic. (Gets a person thinking.) Show runs through Feb. 5.

  6. Environmental justice expert is U-M’s first science envoy

    Kyle Whyte is one of seven distinguished scientists in the U.S. tapped to share his expertise with the Department of State. The SEAS professor is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation; he is an expert on climate justice and Indigenous peoples’ rights.

A vision in white

An old-school blizzard Jan. 25 set the stage for an epic snowball fight on the Diag. Enjoy these winter scenes from a spontaneous battle royale, as Marcin Szczepanski, lead multimedia storyteller in the College of Engineering, takes you to the heart of the action. Get a glimpse of the snowy frontlines from the comfort of your screen and send us some memories of your own wild and exuberant days on the Diag.

  • Ballers

    Hundreds of students gathered on the Diag in front of the Hatcher Graduate Library for a giant snowball fight on Wednesday evening, Jan. 25.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • The wall

    Before the fight began, a group of students built a snow fort for protection.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Lay down your arms

    This became the center of battle as newcomers formed an opposing front about 30 feet away.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023.
  • Fastball

    The fierce battle lasted into the night.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Stand back

    Modes of protection varied widely.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Grrrrrrl Power

    Up to six inches of snow fell in Ann Arbor. That hadn’t happened in a while.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy

    And apparently, the students needed to blow off some steam.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Reflections

    … of the way life used to be. Did you ever get in on this action when you were a student?

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Be true to your school

    How do you know who’s on the opposing team if you’re all wearing the Block M?

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Riders on the storm

    Interesting choice.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • If you want some, take some

    Get it together, baby.

    Snowball fight on the Diag
  • I can see clearly now

    This student is either a strategic genius or a sitting duck.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Pitch perfect

    Let’s hope this apparent pitcher plays for the baseball team.

    Snowball fight on the Diag 2023
  • Easy rider

    Something tells me this isn’t his first snowball fight.

    Snowball fight on the Diag. Older guy with goggles.
  • Eye of the tiger

    This cat’s still got a smile despite the signs of battle.

    Snowball fight 2023.
  • Girls just wanna have fun

    Glee is good.

    Snowball fight on the Diag 2023. Three girls laugh.
  • Mellow yellow

    Even Pikachu joined the fray. But eventually a truce was called and the crowd dispersed. Till next time…

    Snowball fight on the Diag 2023. Kid in yellow