‘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. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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