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Beat Michigan Week 2010 begins on Friday

Ohio State will celebrate school spirit and engage in some friendly competitions with the University of Michigan to commemorate Beat Michigan Week 2010, through Nov. 27. This year, the two teams will compete in the 107th game in this historic rivalry.

Throughout the week, students from both schools will donate blood in the Annual Red Cross Blood Battle and also collect canned goods and blue clothing to donate.

Featured events include the “Bring Back Tradition” banner contest, the Beat Michigan Pep Rally on Monday (11/22), the “Lose the Blue” clothing drive, and the Buckeye Battle Cry Brunch on Saturday (11/27). A complete list of Beat Michigan Week events is at www.beatmichigan.osu.edu.

Highlights include:

Beat Michigan Blood Battle – Ohio State fans are invited to give blood to help beat Michigan in the 29th Annual Blood Battle. Through Nov. 24, fans can sign up to donate at www.BloodSavesLives.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donation stations are set up around the campus. The schedule is available at www.beatmichigan.osu.edu.
The Blood Battle competition has been held during the first weeks of November leading up to the day the schools face off on the football field every year since 1981. Michigan has won the Blood Battle the last two years. Ohio State had taken home the traveling trophy for five consecutive years from 2003 to 2007. SEE: http://www.redcrossblood.org/news/centralohio/osu-and-u-m-face-29th-blood-battle

Friday (11/19)

•HyperFriday – TBDBITL Alumni (alumni of The Ohio State University Marching Band) kick off Beat Michigan Week with brief concerts across Columbus. Members board a bus that departs at 6:30 a.m. at Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd., and make a dozen stops during the day. SEE: http://www.tbdbitl.com/hyper/hyperfriday2010.html

• “Lose the Blue” Clothing Drive – 11/19-26. Ohio State fans are invited to trade in any gently used blue clothing for some buckeye spirit for the “Lose the Blue” clothing drive benefiting Goodwill Columbus. Turn in blue clothing at any participating location and receive a Limited Edition Beat the Blue “Rah Rag”. SEE: http://www.scarletandgrayfridays.com/

• Chili Cook-Off To Benefit the James Cancer Hospital, 5 to 9 p.m., Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr. Buy an all you can eat ticket at the door and enjoy tastings of our more than three dozen chilies, then vote on your favorites. Other events include a silent auction, raffle, performance by the OSU glee club and a survivor slide show. SEE: http://beatmichigan.osu.edu/Events.aspx?EventId=173

Sunday (11/21)

•Beat Michigan Banner contest. Reviving a tradition from the 1960s and ‘70s, Ohio State students are creating banners to hang from their windows to cheer on the Buckeyes against Michigan. The “Bringing Back Tradition” contest invites students living in off-campus houses, Greek chapters and on-campus residence halls to create banners on double-wide bed sheets. At 2 p.m. on Sunday (11/21), judges will meet at the Ohio Union and begin traveling around to view the banners. Winners will be announced at the Beat Michigan Rally. Banners will remain hanging for the week leading up to the game.

• Beat Michigan Week Craft Night, 7 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of the Ohio Union. Students are invited to create Beat Michigan crafts including buckeye key chains, t-shirts, picture frames, and piggy banks. SEE: http://www.beatmichigan.osu.edu/Events.aspx?EventId=171

Monday (11/22)

• Beat Michigan Pep Rally, 7:30 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. The rally that kicks of Beat Michigan Week features appearances by cheerleaders and the marching band. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a blue article of clothing to exchange for a Beat Michigan Week “Rah Rag” for the “Lose the Blue” Campaign. SEE: