A blood battle is raging on at the University. Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed, non-Greek fraternity, has an annual blood drive, currently in its 24th year, pitting the University of Michigan against Ohio State University.

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LSA sophomore Charlie Collier takes part in the annual Ohio State vs. Michigan Blood Battle by donating blood yesterday in the Michigan Union. (AARON SWICK/ Daily)

LSA senior Kate Beachnau, a member of the Alpha Phi Omega, stressed the importance of students donating at this time of year because “during the holidays a lot of regular donors are out of town.”

The amount of blood that has been collected so far is around 500 pints. The University is a lagging behind Ohio State; however, Beachnau said this is because Ohio State started its drive earlier. The total amount of blood collected is usually about 2,000 pints. The blood collected from each school goes to the blood bank in its region.

Until last year, many have considered the blood battle “cursed” – whoever wins the blood battle also tends to lose the Michigan

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