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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Sensors for bat-inspired spy plane under development

    A six-inch robotic spy plane modeled after a bat would gather data from sights, sounds and smells in urban combat zones and transmit information back to a soldier in real time. That’s the Army’s concept, and it has awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering a five-year, $10-million grant to help make it happen.

  5. Video: U-M 'ballast-free ship' could cut costs while blocking aquatic invaders

    University of Michigan researchers are investigating a radical new design for cargo ships that would eliminate ballast tanks, the water-filled compartments that enable non-native creatures to sneak into the Great Lakes from overseas.

  6. A piece of history

    Our first U-M History column tells the story of one of our crown jewels: the Clements Library

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