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Purple Line May Displace Flower 'M' on UMd.'s Campus

The flower "M" in the roundabout has been there since 1976.

Since 1976, the flowered "M" has grown at the traffic circle where Regents and Campus drives meet, but it might soon relocate, The Diamondback reported this week.

The , which will connect New Carrollton and Bethesda with multiple stops in College Park, is set to cut through that roundabout. The "M's" new home might be in front of the Mitchell Building, The Diamondback reported.

The Department of Physical Plant created the "M" in honor of the U.S. Bicentennial, according to the university's commemorative book marking its 150th anniversary.

Ken Montville April 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM
This is on par, if not a worse atrocity, with Whole Foods and the surrounding "high end" retail and residential that will defile the upscale neighborhood of University Park. Where are the traditionalists, the environmentalists, the alumni? Next thing you know, they'll be "relocating" Testudo to a storage facility somewhere. The University will have to change it's slogan to "Fear the Whatever"
Ttimgents April 29, 2012 at 03:56 PM
On the hill below the chapel and above the band practice field.
Shannon Hoffman April 30, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Interesting student perspective about moving the "M" here on The Diamondback: http://www.diamondbackonline.com/opinion/purple-line-don-t-surrender-the-m-1.2863890#.T56KEr8mBbo
Christian James April 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM
This would be a shame. The M is one of the loveliest spots in College Park. The so-called "Purple Line" (not a Metrorail line, of course) is becoming even more of a boondoggle.

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