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PHOTO GALLERY: Incoming freshmen continue tradition of painting the M

By Missourian Staff
August 22, 2014 | 6:38 p.m. CDT
The incoming freshmen joined the tradition of painting the M at Memorial Stadium on Friday.

COLUMBIA — The incoming freshmen gathered Friday at Memorial Stadium to continue the tradition of painting the M.

The M, measuring 95 feet high and 90 feet wide, has been a Memorial Stadium staple since 1927 when it was built with leftover rocks from the stadium's construction.

According to previous Missourian reporting, the tradition of painting the M originated in 1957, when fans from the University of Nebraska broke into the stadium the night before the Tigers took on the Cornhuskers. They changed the rocks to form an N, but their prank was foiled by a MU groundskeeper who noticed the change.

The groundskeeper recruited several students to help him change the N back to a M in exchange for free admission to that night's game. Their work paid off, and everything was back in order before the game began.

Since then, painting the M has been one of the first opportunities for freshmen to get involved on campus.