Stanford nixes proposed College Republican logo because it includes American flag

On Thursday, Fox News reported that Stanford University denied the local College Republicans’ request for a new logo because it includes part of a U.S. flag.

According to Fox:

The group was told the patriotic look doesn’t meet the private university’s standards, according to an email from the school’s copyright office that was obtained by The College Fix.

“Stanford does not approve the use of the American (or other flag) on product also featuring our trademarks (including the Stanford name),” wrote Stanford University’s trademark licensing associate, Kara Hegwood, in an email to the College Republicans president.

While the university points to its trademark guide for the rejection, it doesn’t seem to mention or include any references to flags.

“We can approve red/white/blue themed product but cannot approve this design which features altered version of the flag in the background of the design, and within the initials for the organization name,” Hegwood said.

The school, however, said the old logo is okay.

“I note you feature a different design on your website,” Hegwood wrote. “We would be able to approve that design on product.”

But John Rice-Cameron, the Stanford College Republicans’ financial officer, said he doesn’t want to use the old logo.

“The logo is emblematic of our club,” he told the College Fix. “It shows we are willing to boldly promote conservatism.”

“We find the idea that flags are off limits ridiculous,” the group told Fox News, “and especially the American flag shouldn’t be off limits.”

The College Fix added:

The Stanford College Republicans have begun using the image of the aggressive elephant in front of the stars and stripes on its Facebook page.

Rice-Cameron said his group needs to get approval for the Stanford College Republicans logo to be printed and used on T-shirts since that design includes the school’s namebrand. He said he is not willing to use the old logo, which Hegwood had suggested in her email.

“I’d like this design to be it,” he said of the new image.

H/T: Gateway Pundit


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