Stanford University did not approve the Stanford College Republicans’ request to print its new logo on T-shirts because it features the American flag.
According to The College Fix, the logo consists of a charging elephant against an American flag background, and the flag reportedly didn’t adhere to the rules of the university’s trademark office.
“Stanford does not approve the use of the American (or other flag on product also featuring our trademarks (including the Stanford name) [sic],” trademark licensing associate Kara Hegwood wrote in an email to the group’s president.
Hegwood added that a red, white, and blue-themed product could be approved, but an altered version of the flag cannot.
“I note you feature a different design on your website — we would be able to approve that design on product,” the associate explained.
The Stanford College Republicans’ incoming president, John Rice-Cameron, told The College Fix he didn’t want to use the old logo because the new one is a “kick-ass design.”
“The [new] logo is emblematic of our club,” he said. “It shows we are willing to boldly promote conservatism.”