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MSU students carry on "M" lighting tradition

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The lighting of the College “M” is a cherished tradition for Montana State students, and October 10 marked the one day of 2018 that Bozeman residents are treated to the sight.

The annual journey to the south flank of Baldy Mountain is made by a group of MSU students, often led by student representatives from the Office of Student Engagement, during homecoming week. Students then carefully outline the “M” with dozens of handheld, circular LED lights. The lights stay on the “M” for about 30 minutes before being taken down.

The “M” has always been a representation of Montana State student spirit. The landmark is made up of thousands of painted boulders and was created by students of the university in 1915, according to Outside Bozeman.

Nicholas Zetterberg, the ASMSU Student Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Office of Student Engagement, was one of the leaders of 2018’s “M” lighting. It was Zetterberg’s first time taking part in the tradition.

Even though Zetterberg expressed some disappointment in not being able to take in the full experience from below, he was more than satisfied knowing that others got the chance to enjoy the spectacle as a result of his work.

“You might not notice it on some nights,” Zetterberg said, referring to the “M,” “but especially during homecoming week, [the lighting is] kind of a physical manifestation of all of that spirit.”

Montana State has a flurry of homecoming activities going on over the next few days, including the pep rally on Friday at 5:30 PM, all leading up to the Homecoming Parade on Saturday morning at 10 AM, followed by the big game that afternoon (kickoff is at 2 PM).

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