‘The Michigan’s’ mighty comeback

Dramatic shot of a hockey player on an outdoor ice rink with mountain in the background. The player wears maize.

A new ESPN documentary from Jon Fish, BA ’95, documents the trajectory of Mike Legg’s heart-stopping play that secured the 1996 NCAA title for Red Berenson’s Wolverines. After fading into obscurity for nearly three decades, Legg’s move ‘the Michigan’ is back with a vengeance, changing the game at every level.

  1. Empathy: College students don't have as much as they used to

    “We found the biggest drop in empathy after the year 2000,” said U-M’s Sara Konrath. “College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait.”

  2. Walking robot navigates bumpy ground

    U-M engineering professor Jessy Grizzle and his students have built a robot that can successfully navigate uneven surfaces—a critical talent for robots to handle movement over most of the planet’s surface. Includes video.

  3. U-M Racing sets acceleration record

    Here’s a throwback to good old American automotive muscle. The U-M racing team set an all-time record for acceleration by a collegiate team, and placed second overall, at the SAE Collegiate Design Series. Includes video.

  4. U-M responds to NCAA football allegations

    The University of Michigan has self-imposed sanctions in its football program for violating NCAA rules.The sanctions—which relate to quality-control staff and practice and training time—follow a cooperative investigation with the NCAA and are detailed in a response to a Notice of Allegations the institution received Feb. 22, 2010. The response also outlines actions already taken Read more

  5. U-M report: Officials say federal stimulus package ineffective for local economies

    “When we talk to local officials across the state, we find that most of them feel that the stimulus has not helped improve their local economies so far, and is unlikely to help them in the future,” said U-M’s Brian Jacob.

  6. Four U-M projects recognized for major impact on American life

    The projects have been included in the National Science Foundation’s “Sensational 60” list of scientific discoveries or advances that have had a major impact on Americans. They include studies on elections and the economy as well as crucial medical advances.

It’s only the beginning

More than 8,500 graduates attended Spring Commencement May 4, their seats filling the field at Michigan Stadium. They were surrounded by thousands of joyful family, friends, and supporters. Commencement speaker Brad Meltzer, BA ’92, a best-selling writer (fiction, non-fiction, comic books, and television) encouraged students to commit the most radical act imaginable by “unleashing your kindness.” The commissioning ceremony was interrupted by approximately 75 pro-Palestinian protesters who gathered at the rear of the student section and moved down the center aisle, waving flags and chanting, “Disclose. Divest. We will not stop. We will not rest.” After about 15 minutes, the demonstrators moved to the back of the stadium — guided by officers — and the program continued. Read the complete story and see more photos at The University Record.

  • Hat trick

    “As you leave Michigan, write in pencil and be unafraid to use the eraser,” said commencement speaker and best-selling author Brad Meltzer, BA ’92. “The most sophisticated and intelligent people I know are the ones willing to challenge their thinking and admit there’s more to learn.” (Image credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

    Students toss graduation caps in the air.
  • Super heroes

    Commencement speaker Brad Meltzer, BA ’92, recounted the thrill of seeing classmate Desmond Howard pull the Heisman pose at his own graduation, then invited Howard, along with 2023 national champions Blake Corum and J.J. McCarthy to the stage. Talk about a modern-day thrill for the Class of 2024.

    Four men stand on stage at Michigan Stadium opening their graduation gowns to reveal Block M t-shirts.
  • There’s two in every crowd…

    “We’re so proud of your achievements, and we look forward to all that you will do,” President Santa Ono told the graduates. “You will always be part of the University of Michigan family.” Even these characters. (Image credit: Sarah Rice, Michigan Photography)

    Two students dressed as Spiderman in their caps and gowns.
  • Heart to heart

    “Far too much importance is placed on ideals, positions, and demands rather than the human lives that they affect,” said Faculty Senate Chair Tom Braun in his address to the graduates. “I hope you are able to peacefully find your way to be heard, and allow others to be heard, in a vast and often confusing world.” (Image credit: Sarah Rice, Michigan Photography)

    Two females in caps and gowns embrace in Michigan Stadium.
  • Flagged

    “In the end, don’t vanquish your critics. Prove them wrong,” commencement speaker Brad Meltzer, BA ’92, told the Class of 2024. (Image credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

    Grad in cap and gown waves Michigan flag in Michigan Stadium.
  • The COVID generation finally gets a graduation

    “I’d like to offer my most sincere congratulations to our graduates, for all they have done to reach this milestone, and for all you are going to achieve moving forward in your lives,” said President Santa Ono.

    President Ono, an Asian male in glasses, stands at podium on graduation day. 2024