All letter M’s covered on OSU campus as part of the “Beat Michigan” week tradition

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Columbus, Ohio (WCMH) — Every Monday morning of “Beat Michigan” week, Ohio State students wake up to a different looking campus. As they walk to class, they quickly see that every letter “M” present on building signs, parking signs, bus stop signs, mailboxes, and even sewers have been covered by red tape.

“I think it’s really cool,” said Ohio State senior Aubrey Jenkins “I would like to do it, but I don’t know WHO does it!”

And that’s exactly how the stealthy students responsible for the unique tradition want it to stay…a campus mystery. Many students speculate what organizations might be responsible, but one student said she believes it’s an “invite only” tradition among the students who cover the M’s. No one could actually say they know who’s responsible for the tradition.

OSU senior Soujanya Chetluru said, “I’ve noticed the M’s being covered on campus during Michigan week since my freshman year, and they’ve just always been covered Monday morning. I don’t know who’s involved, but we don’t like to see M’s anywhere even in our writing on posters or on Facebook, so it’s just a neat tradition.”

Freshman Alex Rowland said, “It just shows our school pride, and it’s a great way to celebrate Michigan week.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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