BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON
For the Daily
Published October 22, 2002
It is time to break out the blue coats, sweatshirts, T-shirts - even body paint - to create a unified blue backdrop at Michigan Stadium. In an effort to create unity in the student section and among fans at the Big House, three students are creating the first annual Blue Out for the November 2nd game against Michigan State.
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The idea for a Blue Out began when LSA senior Melissa Roach visited a university in the South earlier in the year. Inspired by the unification of the school's student section, Roach talked with LSA senior Maggie Malone and they decided to create unity in the Big House by starting a simple tradition.
"I can just imagine how great it would feel to see my fellow classmates and Wolverine fans dressed all in Blue to show support for a common goal ... to beat Michigan State," Roach said.
LSA senior Rebeca Feferman joined this team of organizers and set out to show support to the team and provide, what the event's statement calls an, "unparalleled intimidation by sending the Spartans to drown in a sea of blue."
With the help of various members of the Athletic Department, Michigan Student Assembly, the Alumni Association and other students who shared similar visions, the three seniors said they decided Blue Out could be done.
Similar to Michigan Marching Band Drum Major Matt Cavanaugh's idea of a Maize Out against Penn State, the organizers chose blue for a few reasons.
First, the game is in November, which means cold weather in Michigan. More people are likely to own a blue jacket than a maize or yellow jacket.
"We don't want anyone to feel like they have to buy something," Feferman said. The second and more obvious reason is the color blue fits well with the "Go Blue" motto. The blue shirts also show unification with the team's blue jerseys.
"I think it is a great way to get many of the students here involved and show school spirit during the game," LSA freshman Kristen Anderlite said.
Members of the football team said they are also excited about the idea of a blue sea of fans, including coach Lloyd Carr.
"I hope you will support the Blue Out," Carr said. "It is a positive way to energize and inspire our team. It is also a reminder to our opponent that they are in Michigan Stadium."
The excitement carries over to the bench, players said.
"Running out onto the field come game day and seeing the Blue Out in full effect will be exhilarating to the whole team, and everyone will know the fans definitely got our back," senior co-captain Bennie Joppru said.
There will be commemorative long-sleeved T-shirts available for all fans that wish to Go Blue. Because the Blue Out is student organized and intended simply to unite and energize the fans and players, the T-shirts are available for just $10.
The T-shirts are available at this price because the organizers do not intend to make a profit - they simply want a unified spirit at the football games.
The T-shirts will have the Blue Out logo on the front with the date of the game. The back will read, "Go Blue! Beat MSU!" and will be available in front of the Michigan Union, on the Diag and in front of Touchdown Caf