Composing the nation’s future

A student in a maize Michigan sweatshirt holds a handful of small flags.

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is not an antique fixed in time, but a living allegory that inspires us to realize democracy’s potential, says historian/musicologist Mark Clague. The song’s enduring resilience mirrors the nation’s experience, he says.

  1. Black holes are the rhythm at the heart of galaxies

    In remarkable new findings, researchers at U-M and other institutions have found that black holes expel energy in a gentle, rhythmic pattern that helps maintain a galaxy’s equilibrium. “Just like our hearts periodically pump our circulatory systems to keep us alive, black holes give galaxies a vital warm component,” says team scientist Alexis Finoguenov.

  2. 'Fish technology' draws renewable energy from slow water currents

    A U-M engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn slow-moving currents into clean, renewable power. The device could be far more effective than technologies that capture energy from ocean waves and tides, because most of the world’s currents are slow moving.

  3. J-Hop

    For almost 80 years, until 1960, J-Hop highlighted the U-M social calendar. The dance gathered the entire student body — and some controversy, like when the 1913 event included the Tango.

  4. The late, great 98

    Tom Harmon may have been the best college football player ever. His single-handed destruction of Ohio State is the stuff of gridiron legend. But his exploits as a pilot during World War Two made him a hero not just in a game, but in life.

  5. Hail Satan!

    When students come to the university, they face a new world that can shake up their whole way of life. Some fear that even their religious faith will be under siege. But surveys – and students themselves, like Lizzy Lovinger (right) – say that keeping the faith is both a challenge and a blessing.

  6. Exactly how much housework does a husband create?

    Having a husband creates an extra seven hours a week of housework for women, according to a U-M study of a nationally representative sample of U.S. families. For men, the picture is very different: A wife saves men from about an hour of housework a week.

‘Title IX gave us that voice’

It’s been 50 years since the U.S. Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendment Act, banning sexual discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding. Though its promise has yet to be fully realized, the landmark act has opened doors to some elite female athletes at U-M, featured in the ‘Title IX Series’ from MGoBlue TV.  All images are by Michigan Photography. Captions were sourced from mgoblue.com.

  • Carol Hutchins, Softball

    Head coach Carol Hutchins is a legend at the University of Michigan. She is in her 38th season at the helm of the softball program. The second-winningest coach in NCAA softball history, Hutchins has guided the Wolverines to an NCAA title and 22 Big Ten Conference titles and solidified Michigan among the top softball programs in the country. Watch her episode.

    Carol Hutchins
  • Bev Plocki, Women’s Gymnastics

    Bev Plocki has completed her 33rd season as head coach of women’s gymnastics. In 2021, the program won its first-ever national title. Plocki has led the Wolverines to 25 Big Ten championships, the most by any coach, in any sport, in Big Ten history. She also has guided the squad to 26 NCAA Championship appearances and 10 NCAA Super Six berths. Watch her episode.

    Bev Plocki, Women's gymnastics coach
  • Marcia Pankratz, Field Hockey

    Marcia Pankratz is in her 22nd overall season as head coach of the University of Michigan field hockey program — and 13th year in her current second stint, returning to the reins as head coach in 2009, after a brief hiatus. Pankratz previously served as the Wolverines’ head coach for nine seasons (1996-2004) and led U-M to the 2001 NCAA title — the first by a women’s team in the history of Michigan athletics. She is the winningest coach in Wolverine field hockey history. Watch her episode.

    Marcia Pankratz, Field Hockey
  • Jennifer Klein, Women’s Soccer

    Jennifer Klein’s fourth year at the helm of the Wolverines program proved to be one of the best in program history. U-M won its first Big Ten Tournament title since 1999, and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. Michigan concluded the season with a record of 18-4-3, tying the school record for wins in a season, and went 12-1-1 at home to match the best home record in school history. U-M finished the season ranked No. 7 in the United Soccer Coaches poll. Watch her episode.

    Jennifer Klein, Women's Soccer
  • Hannah Nielsen, Women’s Lacrosse

    One of the most decorated athletes to play the game of lacrosse, Hannah Nielsen entered her fifth season in the 2022 campaign as the head coach of Michigan women’s lacrosse. A four-time national champion and two-time Tewaaraton Award winner, Nielsen boasts 11 years of coaching experience at the Division I level. Coming off a shortened 2020 season, Nielsen led Michigan to three conference victories in the 2021 season including a sweep of No. 14 Rutgers.  Watch her episode.

    Hannahg Nielsen, women's lacrosse coach
  • Jan Dowling, Women’s Golf

    In her eighth season as the head coach of the women’s golf program, Jan Dowling has built the Wolverines into one of the nation’s top women’s collegiate golf programs. Named the fifth women’s golf coach in U-M history in the fall of 2013, Dowling has reshaped the Wolverine program into a perennial Big Ten and a national contender. Watch her episode.

    Jan Dowling, Women's golf
  • Kim Barnes Arico, Women’s Basketball

    J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Barnes Arico finished her 10th season in 2021-22, leading the Maize and Blue to 25 wins and the first NCAA Elite Eight appearance in program history. She has guided the Wolverines to at least 20 wins in nine seasons, five NCAA Tournament appearances, an NCAA Elite Eight appearance (2022), an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance (2021), and the 2017 WNIT Championship. Barnes Arico is the winningest coach in program history. Watch her episode.

    Kim Barnes Arrico, women's basketball coach
  • Ronni Bernstein, Women’s Tennis

    Ronni Bernstein enjoyed her 15th season as head coach in 2021-22, guiding the Maize and Blue to nine Big Ten championships, three Big Ten Tournament titles, and nine NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Bernstein achieved great success as an All-American collegiate player, touring professional, private instructor, and head coach. At U-M, Bernstein has compiled a 137-7 record in Big Ten matches with six perfect B1G seasons en route to nine Big Ten crowns. Watch her episode.

    Ronnie Bernstein, tennis coach