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The Star-Spangled Banner is no longer prohibited at the University of Stanford.
The California college last week reversed its controversial decision that would have banned the American flag on the College Republicans’ clothing.
“We are pleased that Stanford has made the right decision. The Stanford College Republicans are honored to have seen the support of the patriots in the whole country for our organization,” College Republicans’ president John David Rice-Cameron told Fox News. “We are now more encouraged than ever to continue with our efforts to promote freedom on the Stanford campus.”
The Stanford College Republicans were initially denied the ability to use the American flag on their clothing designs.
(The College Fix)
After the first rejection by the College Republicans ” t-shirt design, because the logo contained a part of the American flag, a school official said Stanford decided to approve the clothing and is a review of the brand policy.
“Stanford College Republicans is welcome to use the images of the AMERICAN flag reflected in the current design of the logos,” university spokeswoman Lisa Lapin, told Fox News. “We recognize that the specific policy is drafted in an overly restrictive manner.”
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The Stanford College Republicans can now make use of the logo for their new t-shirts after the university reversed its decision.
(The College Fix)
The Stanford College Republicans, told Fox News the university’s original edict was “ridiculous.”
The university pointed to her trademark guide as to the reason for the rejection. And although the guide contains no references to the flags, a university official said the policy is part of a broader policy designed to prevent the linking of the Stanford name/logo with specific political perspectives.
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“Stanford does not agree with the use of the united states (or other flag) on the product with our brands (including the Stanford name, the Stanford University’s trademark licensing associate, Kara Hegwood, wrote in an e-mail to the College Republicans president last month.
Hegwood initially wrote that the university “can agree on the red/white/blue theme of the product, but may not approve of this design of a modified version of the flag in the background of the design, and from the inside of the letters for the name of the organization.”
Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke