University | 10:01 pm | November 14, 2011 | By Natasha Thondavadi

Harvard Licensing holds up FCC shirts

The original t-shirt design.
The original t-shirt design. Photo by Facebook.

The game is in six days. So why haven’t you seen any eager freshmen already sporting their official FCC game shirt?

After submitting the shirt design to the Dean’s office and the Yale licensing office, the FCC was asked to consult with Harvard Licensing, said Nathan Kohrman ’15, chair of the Freshman College Council. This was the first time the FCC was asked to cross enemy lines during pre-game prep, he added.

But this was no mere formality. Harvard “had a problem with our use of their name,” Kohrman explained, and so did not allow the FCC to use their name.

“After a week of us navigating the licensing bureaucracy to little avail,” Kohrman said, “Harvard ultimately told us that they in fact took issue with our use of celebrity names in conjunction with their name.”

The shirt originally featured Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates “liking” a Facebook post about dropping out of Harvard. According to a Facebook page, a modified version of the shirt will go on sale tomorrow at 8 p.m. The new version replaces Gates and Zuckerberg with a sentence reading “people who like this also like Social Networks, Personal Computers and Roads Not Taken.”

It’s not the first time controversies have surrounded the FCC’s design. In 2009, the LGBT Co-op protested the shirts’ use of the word “sissies,” calling it a “thinly veiled gay slur.”

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