COLUMBIA — The "M" in "MU" does not stand for "Maryland."
A group of MU alumni has a goal to rename Maryland Avenue, in the heart of campus, to make it clear to travelers exactly when they enter Tiger territory.
"I think there has been a desire for several years to change the main street into campus to reflect the campus identity," MU spokesman Christian Basi said.
Basi said a group of past presidents of the Mizzou Alumni Association originally proposed the name change.
Alumni Association staff were unavailable for comment because of a staff retreat.
The change is dependent on approval from city officials, including the City Council, Basi said. He said MU officials hope to have the name changed by late September.
But he declined to provide the new name.
"We do want to keep a little bit of surprise," he said.
First Ward City Councilman Paul Sturtz said he was unaware of plans to change the name. The street, a north-south route between Stadium Boulevard and Conley Avenue, falls within his ward.
He said a name change initially didn't seem like a big deal.
"I'm not attached to the name now," Sturtz said.
Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said she also had not heard of plans to rename the street.
Hoppe said she would not rule out the name change, though she wants to approach it in a knowledgeable way.
"I'm always interested in what was the history of why it's named Maryland, so that we don't dump something that's significant and historic," she said.
Basi said some buildings along Maryland Avenue would be changing their addresses.
He said throughout the process, MU has been working with city officials and residents who live near Maryland Avenue.
"You need to make sure everyone is aware of what is happening," Basi said.