1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. ‘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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine

    When the University's 15th president, Santa J. Ono, stepped into his role in October 2022, he brought a unique capacity for infectious enthusiasm. Enjoy these images of President Ono, as he discovers what every Wolverine already knows. These images and captions were pulled from Ono's personal Twitter account @SantaJOno; follow him there and at his official U-M Twitter account @UMichPrezOno. This sampling of images will show there's never a dull moment when Ono is on the scene, whether it's a sporting event, an academic meeting, or an administrative sit-down in Ann Arbor, Flint, or Dearborn.
    • Dhani Jones with Ono
    • Ono with UMS representatives
    • Ono answers questions in a faculty/staff presentation
    • Ono with Amy Young and Kristen Meekhoff
    • Ono with students in Santa hats
    • Yan Zhang with President Ono
  9. A matter of pride

    The Bentley Historical Library recently acquired some of the earliest images of African American students living off campus, thanks to a gift from Dr. Sharon F. Patton. The former faculty member donated her grandfather’s photo collection to the library. As a law student from 1908-11, Richard Hill Jr. photographed fellow African American students in his fraternity and around town. Read more about the images in the Fall 2022 issue of the Bentley magazine Collections. The captions here are sourced from an article by Brian Williams. The Bentley archivists welcome your help in identifying Hill's subjects. Use this form to contact an archivist if you recognize someone. Click on each image to enlarge.
    • Richard Hill, left, as a U-M Law graduate
    • Richard Hill Jr photos - A Matter of Pride
    • A group of unidentified men on the front steps of 1017 Catherine St.
    • Two unidentied women with an Alpha Phi fraternity member.
    • Richard Hill Jr. (front row, far right) at the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity banquet on April 10, 1910. Photo by Alford S. Lyndon.
    • Alpha Phi Alpha house party, 1911. Photo by Alford S. Lyndon.