City official says Tiger Avenue name change already official

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 | 7:13 p.m. CDT; updated 11:12 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 16, 2010
At Tuesday's meeting, the City Council unanimously voted in favor of renaming Maryland Avenue to Tiger Avenue at MU. According to University Affairs director Ana Romero, the change is considered beneficial because now the main thoroughfare on campus will reflect school spirit.

COLUMBIA — It's official: Maryland Avenue is now Tiger Avenue, and MU will pay for that little extra bit of school spirit.

The City Council unanimously voted to change the name of the street Tuesday night.

Pat Zenner, city development services manager, said the change is already in effect in the city's internal records, and address changes will be coming shortly.

MU spokesman Christian Basi said the university will pay for the sign but that the cost will not be significant.

"This is a single street sign that is being replaced," Basi said.

MU has not yet decided when the street sign will go up or how best to handle the possibility of putting both Tiger Avenue and Maryland Avenue on the sign, he said.

"I think they were trying to figure out the best way to do that, so folks don't get confused," Basi said.

Although the change was made with the intent of fostering school spirit, some Twitter chatter Tuesday night suggested that not all MU students were happy with the new name.

"Basically, my attitude toward it is if it's not broken, don't fix it," MU senior Chelsea George said.

Although George said she didn't see any benefits to the change, she isn't planning to take any action against it.

"It's a trivial change to make in the grand scheme of things," George said.

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