What hands down are the best looking spots on campus?
My personal favorite: Walking into the law quad through the arch nearest to the grad library in late fall just after dark with the library all aglow.
Nothing beats the view from the back patio, through the bottom of a mason jar. OK, so no technically "on campus," but I spent more time there than any other place in Ann Arbor.
6th floor study carrel in the grad. Great view of the presidents house and down towards Lorch.
It must be finals time in Ann Arbor...
finals are no laughing matter
good luck to all of those taking finals.
Best looking spot campus ... anywhere along the walk home from either the LSAT/MCAT/GRE or your last final before graduation.
That or Packard St. Stand up!
plus you can see the big house from the sixth floor if your in the right carrels
Haha, that's where I am right now studying/getting distracted for finals.
but I always liked the plaza between the League and Hill Auditorium looking back toward the grad library. I got married on campus in the fall of '05, and the photos outside the League before the reception were amazing... fall colors, big M flag visible, wedding party looking good on the small landscaped area directly in the middle of Hill Aud and the front door of the league (right in front of the fountain). Highly recommended for anyone getting maried in A^2.
But how did you find a fall Saturday that didn't have an M game? I would love to get married on campus in the fall...but ONLY on a bye week!
next day was at Iowa (OT victory party yeah!) and the following week was night game at Northwestern.... honeymoon was Cabo San Lucas from Monday - Friday. No games missed and wife was perfectly fine with it since she was a M grad and we wanted our friends (mostly alums) to watch the game with us on Saturday.
Great plan and even better execution. I'm impressed!
Shot all digital, let us keep all the photos, guy worked two hours past what we paid b/c he had such a good time (I think the fact that we got him on the ice at Yost for post-ceremony photos was a plus--- Gawd I miss my universal athletic dept key from working as a IM Sports Supervisor).... Came into the reception hall to the M-fanfare. Sent invites to Bo, Red, and Desmond (all sent back RSVP's with their sorrow at not being able to make it). Went all out for a Blue Wedding. If we could have raised up Ufer from the dead to announce the wedding party for that night we would have.
THAT sounds like the MGoUltimateWedding.
I've got the pen and pad out.
Curiosity: how much does U of M charge to use the grounds for weddings? You see them a lot, and you figure they must require a donation of some sort... especially the wedding parties that use the league.
I KNEW IT!
Different buildings and rooms have different amounts. A couple rooms in the league are very reasonable, though I think they require you to use Michigan Catering.
We choose to go to a different site but used U of M catering anyhow. They were damned professional, some of the most affordable options we looked at and they helped with stuff they weren't even supposed to, like setting up and putting out flowers. They showed up with like an army of people to bring in the food and prep and then left 3 or 4 to refill stuff during the reception. The food was fresh and good too.
Consider them if you are looking for catering. Don't consider Zingerman's unless you're catering for 4 people. Though you can go to Zingerman's and try their food if you're looking for catering and it is really good and free. Probably my favorite wedding prep trip.
1) The room reservation rates for the League and M-Union ballrooms are different
2) You have to use U-catering for food and drinks. We had a friend that runs a winery out in Cali that was going to give us the wine at a considerable discount, but the U will still charge a bottle opening fee.
We had a wedding at the main League ballroom on a Friday night in Fall, ~350 guests (fit snugly but comfortably), three entrees to choose from, open bar with Labatt on tap and house liquors, and we came up to about $25/person for food service and about $15/person for drinks. Everyone was well "hydrated".
I got married and had my reception at the League in 2004. It was rainy that day but we still got a few great outdoor picture. This is in my top 5.
There is no such thing as "slightly OT." Read the rules and figure out whether your thread is OT or not (in this case, no).
the view from the hill overlooking the pond behind the music school, by the walk leading into the woods.
the reflecting pool adjacent to the Lurie Engineering building out on N. Campus. When the fountains are on in late summer or early fall afternoons, it's damn nice. I take my dog for runs out on NC during the summer and I always let him cool down in the pool after we're done.
I'd never really been on the North Campus Diag until this summer (not a neeeerd like Dear Leader), but it's actually pretty cool, especially the pool you're talking about.
It makes Michigan look like a modern campus, which is a nice change from some of the classical architecture on central campus.
What's a "north campus"?
LSA, Law graduate
n. ("North kam-puss"): 1. a location on the northern ground of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where the Colleges of Engineering, Art & Architecture, and School of Music are located; 2. The only location in Ann Arbor not overrun by hippies; 3. Home of the best chicken broccoli bake known to man; 4. Sanctuary for 95% of the Level 17 Battle Dwarf Mages in World of Warcraft
Thank you, kind sir.
You're telling me the music school and the new Arthur Miller Theater of the Walgreen Drama Center contains no hippies?
Don't confuse the hipster with the hippie. Completely different species. Same genus, however.
Also, having graduated from an architecture school myself, I refuse to believe an architecture school in Ann Arbor of all places isn't a hippie hive.
The Law Quad when there's a thick snow falling and on the ground is a great sight. North Campus quad is also nice when its snowing. Standing near the flag pole between the grad library and Rackham is pretty especially in the summer.
had our wedding pictures taken in the law quad this past fall. and they turned out awesome...
I really like the OP's choice, as well as the view from the 6th floor of the Grad. I also like the view from Geddes by Hill Cemetary overlooking the Arb and towards North Campus. It's just really cool juxtaposition: isolated forest with (somewhat isolated) North campus.
My favorite: walking SE down the Diag towards South U and through the East Hall Arch with the 2 copper towers. Awesome on a fall afternoon or just after a new snow fall.
But yes it is a gorgeous spot.
That's actually West Hall, formerly the School of Engineering.
of playing flag football on the intramural fields under the lights and in the snow.
Front row, 50 yd line in the "Big House"
If anyone's ever played or visited the UofM golf course, the view of the Ann Arbor skyline from the 18th holes is stunning, especially if youre playing as the sun begins to set.
in Forest Hills cemetery where "The spirit of Michigan is warmest" ... that's one of my favorites for reflecting on the football seasons.
Also, the view from the 8th floor of Burton Tower facing south is great --- can see the Big House and all.
I also like the view from the north concourse of the Stadium. Excellent panoramic view of campus and town.
I wish i could have attended the University of Michigan.
Typical Spartan Grad
Lying parallel to the floor, looking up at a blonde.
... nearly -1 for redundancy: I'd like to see you lying perpendicular to the floor, looking up at anything, let alone a blonde.
Are you a blonde?
Overlooking the diag preferably at night. There's a way to get up there whenever u want but I cannot reveal that secret
Golf Course / 18th Tee / Sunset / Summertime / w girlfriend
Inside Michigan Stadium any Saturday in the Fall.
I always enjoy taking a few minutes around the north end of the stadium and the east side of the stadium to take in everything. You can always find at least one other person gazing at Yost. Actually, just being anywhere inside Yost is probably my favorite view.
Speaking of golf, I am a really bad golfer. 2L spring my friend and I got done with our last final and bolted straight for our tee time at the golf course. We did all 18, and the view downhill to the pond was really great.
The best time I ever had golfing.
I think my wife ended up meeting us at Ashleys (she did that a lot).
Looking out my old apartment window across the street to Schembechler Hall and in the distance to Michigan Stadium. The sun would hit it just right in the morning, always made the day better.
The Exit 177 sign on I-94. I know I'm home when I see that sign. Home, sweet, home.
the hill in the arb on a snow covered day sledding/"traying" on your dinner tray. didn't do it much after freshman year, but what a great memory. always loved the arb in any weather. took my dog there all the time- i've never seen a place so loved by an animal.
I highly advise to never drunkenly ski and night through the brush...bad idea.
We did the drinking and sledding on trays and my buddy ran into a tree and broke his ankle. Wasn't funny then but we laugh about it now.
I've been to a bunch of the Ivy Leauge schools, and that scene out "Ivy Leauges" them all.
I to have a soft spot in my heart for the scenery around the Michigan League, looking back down toward the Grad library. Like Wolverine In Exile, I to got married there, so I am sure that is part of it. The fact you were a quick trip to Ashley's from there for a quick pint of something tasty did not hurt my impression of the place either.
I also always enjoyed coming in toward the Diag from the engineering arch on a warm summer day. That is when you would look around and ask yourself, "Were these girls here in the winter?"
Welcome to the board, my friend.
Thanks, I appreciate the kind words.
I have been reading the boards for a few months, but finally had to jump in on this thread. Reminds me of many reasons why I loved going to the school so much. Seems like a good chunk of the married folks here got hitched at the League.
Haha, totally agree. After spring break the number of girls (and hotness of girls) on campus suddenly doubles it's amazing
Go walk the track at Ferry Field. As you walk down the backstretch, the beautiful architecture surrounds you. IM Building on your right. Fischer Stadium on your left. Yost Arena on your back left. Michigan Stadium newly constructed archways behind Fischer and the Indoor Track Building (which is nasty but, hey, you're looking at the Stadium anyway). Best combination of sports and architecture I've ever seen in one location. Bonus: You are walking where Fielding Yost won national championships and where Jesse Owens set four world records on one day.
This thread is making me misty-eyed.
One of my favorite spots is the Martha Cook garden/field in front of Lorch. During the winter, I'd hurry to my Econ classes and the combination of the warm lights in Lorch, the snowed over Martha Cook field and that statue in the corner just warmed my day.
Damn, why did I graduate so early?
1. The view from the 6th floor colloqium at the new b-school building is pretty stunning.
2. So is the view out the window from the 5th floor of the Ford School.
3. Tri-delt during rush.
Yost. That place was like my mecca. Season tickets all four years, you can just feel the energy in there.
Most special place in all the world.
Hell, as we all know, anywhere in A2 or on campus is a treat.
The view of Ann Arbor from the top row of the North endzone in Michigan Stadium is spectacular, with Burton Tower rising in the distance.
Damn, is it September 2010 yet?
law quad, lock the thread.
Stockwell when it is stocked well.
Ok. I'll represent Stockwell with this gem:
Standing on the 4th floor roof of Stockwell looking west before they built the new science buildings. At dusk you could see the tops of the buildings all lit up across campus. Everything glowed.
I think it's co-ed now, boo!
It is. It is now part of the Hill Dorms Conglomeration. Sad day, but at least it's assigned to upperclassmen.
Best view thread with no pictures???
Woah, old scoreboard.
Just cropped pic.
Cliff Keen Arena during volleyball season.
Still cheating on me.
It's not cheating if I just use my eyes. Zing!
1) Michigan Stadium turf after clinching a Rose Bowl bid.
2) Alumni Field grass after clinching a Women's College World Series bid.
* Besides the Law Quad, of course.
As a person who never got to attend U of M I was hoping there would be more pictures.
My Uncle went to UoM back in the 70's and often talks about how he loved the experience. He attended all the FB games while there and still makes me jealous with his stories of the Big House.
My brother and I are hoping to make the 2000 mile journey for the OSU game in '11 and I absolutely can not wait to step foot in AA.......Only thing I am scared of is the prospect that I will never want to leave.
I won the foursome @ UM Golf Course in the Pat Malloy Scholarship auction. I'm bringing my son over next summer, along with two good buddies who happen to be 'Domers and have never been to AA. So I'm cc'ing this thread and will use all your suggestions to build our campus tour. Thanks everybody!
PS: My sister and bro-in-law had their wedding reception inside the Law Quad (he's a Purdue undergrad, Michigan Law grad). It was beyond spectacular.
Looking at Ann Arbor from the 18th Tee on the golf course at sunset. (I know it's been said but that is something you have to see)
Looking out over the diag from the 4th floor of the Randall Lab building.
I'll add to a theme from a few others in this thread.
Inside Michigan Stadium. Any seat.
On a cool autumn day.
Watching a defeated, weeping osu team limp off the field.
There is no better view.
Elbel Field in the summer, if you know what I mean.
I graduated in 1997 and my wife (also class of 97) and I moved back to Ann Arbor a year and a half ago. We got married at the League in 2004. All these places are intertwined with such positive energy and history. God I love this place.
The Diag or Law Quad with snow on the ground and still falling.
Also like these two spots in the summer and early fall.
There's a spot along Fuller Road, where the softball fields are, where you can look to the south across the Huron and see the University Hospital, Taubman Center etc, which I think is stunning. I like to imagine the medical breakthroughs, revolutionary treatments, and what-not happening at UMHS - all those doctors, nurses, and support staff making the "Michigan Difference" for their patients.
As a bonus, right now you can watch the ongoing construction of the new Mott, which is really starting to look great.
When I was in law school I lived in Northwood V (which is the awesomest place on campus to live while married).
The bus would come after a night of drinking to pull me to the 8:40 am class. I would have my head on the window past the auto center and the phama center (which M now owns) then we would pass the air research and get up the reactor (which ran back then). I would start getting pumped.
Then past the north campus bell tower and the always awesome display outside the architecture, then turn the corner.
Off across the valley would be the white shinning city on the hill. The U of M Hospitals!
It almost made up for riding the other way on the 2:20am bus coming back from ashleys 6 hours before.
During the summer or fall, the view from some of the offices in the UM hospital facing the arb is pretty awesome.
This view can be enjoyed at varied degree's depending on why you are in one of those offices/rooms.