1. Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

    Powered by the Australian sun, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team's Astrum was the fourth challenger-class car to cross the finish line in the 2023 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The five-day race (Oct. 22-26) spanned 1,800 miles from Darwin on the coast of Australia's Northern Territory to Adelaide in the south. Astrum is the 17th car made by the Michigan Solar Car Team since its founding in 1989. (Images and text are by Michigan Engineering's Levi Hutmacher and Derek Smith, respectively.)
    • Man in helmet and dark glasses sits in one-person cockpit of solar car, with open hatch.
    • Fans along the sidelines of the Solar Car racetrack.
    • Astrum advances along a road in the Australian outback. The sand surrounding the gray road is a red-brown color. Astrum is shaped like a yellow bullet. A round, white hood covers the driver's seat. A maroon chase car with an antenna on its hood follows Astrum.
    • Fourteen members of the U-M race crew stand together in a line while linking arms. Their backs are facing the viewer. Each team member is wearing a neon green vest with reflective safety markings. In front of the crew is the solar car, Astrum, which has a yellow body. The top panel of the car is opened so that the solar panels are facing the sun. With the panel opened, the inside of the car's black cockpit is visible.
    • : A driver is lifting Astrum's round, white hood so that he can lower himself into the driver's seat. He is wearing a helmet with an attached microphone and sunglasses. Astrum's body is yellow and bullet shaped and is covered in logos from the team's various sponsors.
    • Astrum is moving along a black-paved, Australian road. Astrum is shaped like a yellow bullet with a white cockpit.
  2. An earthly garden of artistic delights

    The Stamps School of Art & Design recently took an important step toward achieving campuswide carbon neutrality with the opening of its Sustainable Materials & Color Garden just steps from the Stamps building. The garden, conceived and built by Stamps faculty, staff, and students, allows creatives to source ingredients for making paper, creating dyes, and other artistic activities. Plants include muraski, hibiscus, flax, tango cosmos, marigold, Japanese indigo, chamomile, and more. (Text: Jamie Sherman. Images: Michigan Photography.) Read more.
    • Four people in a line, 2 women and 2 men of various ethnicities, cut a yellow ribbon to open a new garden at the Stamps School.
    • A bee alights on an orange blossom, which is featured in the Stamps School garden.
    • Man gives a speech to group gathered around a garden filled with green beds and flowers.
    • A bench made of repurposed wood, courtesy of the Tappan Oak, which had to be cut down due to disease.
    • A woman holds a microphone and speaks to a crowd from behind a series of raised garden beds filled with greens.
    • Man gestures to plants in a large raised bed.
  3. Let the games begin

    When construction crews broke ground on Michigan Stadium in September 1926, workers had to know they were on to something big. Literally. And now the gameday experience is about to get a lot more colorful, vivid, and immersive for fans in the stands as Michigan Athletics unveils two dazzling high-tech scoreboards. At 179 feet wide by 62 feet tall, the viewing area is 120 percent larger than before. On a much smaller scale, Michigan Today offers up this subdued analog version of the Big House's inception. These images are courtesy of U-M’s Bentley Historical Library. Captions were sourced from “The Michigan Stadium Story” at the Bentley website. Click on any image to enlarge.
    • Fielding Yost observes construction of Michigan Stadium with foreman. Black and white. Two men wearing white straw skimmers.
    • 1926 construction crews in black and white, with truck, stand at Michigan Stadium site. Looking northeast.
    • Earthmoving equipment at Michigan Stadium building site, 1926.
    • Bulldozer down inside the bowl that would become the Michigan gridiron. 1926-27.
    • Construction equipment at big hole where Big House now stand. Image is circa 1926.
    • Two men amid construction beams wearing straw skimmers circa 1926.
  4. The artist’s choice

    To photograph live action requires tremendous skill and dexterity. To photograph live-action sports also requires passion, quick reflexes, and creativity. The crew at Michigan Photography represents these qualities and more. Enjoy this window into each photographer's collection of favorite images -- and the stories they represent -- from the 2022-23 academic year. Click the links in each caption to see more from each artist.
    • Two hockey players approach an empty net as Michigan player scores.
    • A male swimmer wearing goggles and Michigan bathing cap emerges from the water while an amazing bubble encapuslates them.
    • U-M football players celebrate a victory in the Ohio State endzone.
    • Two wrestlers engage in battle, with heads on the ground and legs in the air.
    • Female tennis player shouts in excitement, clenching fists, mouth open.
    • A female gymnast performs a perfect flip on the balance beam.
  5. ‘Allow this place to be your haven’

    Since its founding in 1909, U-M's Biological Station in Pellston, Mich., has hosted students and researchers of all stripes, from natural scientists to future CEOs to aspiring poets. Immersive, magical, and fondly referred to as "Bug Camp," the site features 50 one-room cabins in the woods. And thanks to their graffiti-loving residents all these years, no two are the same. "A Cabin in the Woods" at details the cabins' fascinating history. Enjoy this preview of images by Daryl Marshke of Michigan Photography.
    • A tin cabin with colorful front door.
    • Graffiti reads: The year I stopped being scared.
    • Logo on a wooden stove inside a cabin at U-M Biological Station.
    • A lamp and desk inside a tin cabin at U-M Biostation.
    • Plaque on wooden wall with names and stars.
  6. She’s a total baller

    Since 1985, U-M Softball Coach Carol Hutchins has consistently racked up championships and broken records at U-M and in the NCAA. Though she recently retired upon completion of her 39th season with the Wolverines, Hutch's presence remains on campus with the April 2023 dedication of Alumni Field at Carol Hutchins Stadium. (Captions are sourced from this story by Michigan Athletics' Leah Howard.)
    • Carol Hutchins and AD Warde Manuel at 4/23/23 dedication of Carol Hutchins Stadium.
    • Hutch speaks at the 4/23/23 dedication with scoreboard in the background and her name "in lights."
    • Hutch looking very intense in a 1987 contest with Western, Mich. Black & white.
    • Hutch holds a softball as the team follows her in the stadium on 4/23/23.
    • Hutch gets in the ref's face in a 1985 game vs. Indiana.
    • Team hoists Hutch after the Northwestern game on 4/23/23.
  7. Hail yes

    Established in 2018, the University's Adaptive Sports & Fitness program has quickly gained recognition for its competitive teams, not to mention its impact on the community to support the growth and development of adaptive sports. Also known as para sports, adaptive sports are competitive or recreational sports for people with and without disabilities. Modifications of rules or equipment allow for equitable participation (in basketball and tennis, for example). Some adaptive sports have been specifically designed for persons with a disability and do not have an able-bodied equivalent activity. (Images come from the Instagram account @rgkwheelchairs.)
    • Two wolverines in wheelchairs play basketball against an opponent in red, also in a wheelchair. All men.
    • Two wheelchair athletes dressed in yellow tap rackets on a tennis court.
    • Tennis players line the court, some seated in wheelchairs. Michigan scoreboard in the background.
    • Wheelchair basketball players shakes hands with the referee.
    • Young woman dressed in U-M gear prepares to throw a discuss.
    • Three Michigan tennis players dressed in yellow pose in their wheelchairs with their arms around one another.
  8. Spartan Strong

    As Michigan students learned about the horrific mass shooting at Michigan State University Feb. 13, 2023, the Wolverine family rallied to lend emotional support. In 2020, firearm-related injuries surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in our nation. (All images are by Michigan Photography.)
    • The women's basketball team donned white shirts with Spartan logos to honor victims of a mass shooting aty MSU on Feb. 13, 2023
    • Basketball fans hold a sign that reads: We're with MSU
    • Burton Tower turns green during a vigil Feb. 15 to honor victims of a mass shooting at MSU.
    • The Block M on the Diag with a tribute to MSU students that reads "Enough is enough."
    • Green lights at Crisler Arena honor fallen spartans.
    • Field hockey helmet bears a spartan sticker
  9. 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.
    • Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
    • Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
    • Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023.
    • Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
    • Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
    • Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023