BYU, YMCA both loved as 'the Y'

by | Jul. 19, 2010

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The YMCA has confirmed what BYU has known for decades — there's power in a single letter.

The nonprofit Young Men's Christian Association announced recently that it will be calling itself just "the Y," thus joining an informal club of institutions that rally around the semivowel.

"We've both been nicknamed 'the Y' for quite some time, but it looks like they decided to make theirs official," said BYU spokesman Todd Hollingshead.

Provo's claim to the pronged letter goes back to 1906, when then-BYU President George H. Brimhall requested that the school's initials grace the mountains east of the University.

The plan was to install a giant B, Y and U, but after a student assembly line passed hundreds of pounds of rock, lime and sand from the base of the hill to the mountainside, they were too tired to consider additional letters.

Thankfully, they started with Y.

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