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Ohio Northern U. Denies College Republicans’ Request to Print ‘Back the Blue’ on T-Shirts

Ohio Northern U. Denies College Republicans’ Request to Print ‘Back the Blue’ on T-Shirts

“In the student handbook nothing states an organization has to get apparel approved”

So supporting the police is not allowed at this school? Maybe the College Republicans should do it anyway.

Campus Reform reports:

EXCLUSIVE: ONU denies College Republicans’ ‘Back the Blue’ apparel design

The Ohio Northern University College Republicans chapter was denied approval recently for “Back the Blue” apparel by the university due to other schools having had to “retract and apologize” for similar initiatives.

ONU College Republicans designed shirts with “Back the Blue” printed on the sleeve and a Thin Blue Line flag printed on the back. The shirt design does not include ONU lettering and shows no affiliation with the university.

“Back the Blue” refers to a nationwide movement in support of police.

College Republicans president Madeline Markwood told Campus Reform that although she did not have to, she decided to seek approval for the apparel from the university as she hopes to “maintain an outstanding reputation on campus.”

Markwood is also a Campus Reform correspondent.

“In the student handbook nothing states an organization has to get apparel approved, however, I received an email telling student organization presidents to get apparel approved. In which case, we went ahead and asked for approval to be considerate of their wishes and make sure everyone was happy,” she said.

“My intentions of making sure everyone (College Republicans and the Communication and Marketing Department) were on the same page and informed of what our organization was doing ended up just backfiring,” Markwood continued.

In emails obtained by Campus Reform, ONU associate director of Communications and Marketing Sheila Baumgartner replied to Markwood on September 17 by admitting the request’s “sensitivity” caused the office to discuss the request with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion board and the Office of Multicultural Development office.

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“Maintain an outstanding reputation on campus?”

Honey, you’re conservatives at an American university. That horse has flown.

What’s next, are you going to ask the administration to approve your prom gown?

Just buy the damn shirts and be done with it. What kind of conservatives are you?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | October 8, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    “ What kind of conservatives are you?”

    Republican politicians. No honor. No guts. No bravery. Begging permission from mommy.

he Diversity, Equity and Inclusion board and the Office of Multicultural Development

The fact that these exist is the problem.

So her first mistake was asking permission.

Second mistake was caring that it was denied.

Life lessons to remember.

    JRaeL in reply to irv. | October 8, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    I am curious about just who sent the Email telling her that approval for apparel was needed. I would not be shocked to find out it came from the very Office of Multiculturalism that denied her request. They very likely do not have that authority. But students are supposed to know that. Markwood would be well advised to remember, “Go by the written.” and have a handy “Up yours!” when it can’t be produced.

“…the request’s “sensitivity” caused the office to discuss the request with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion board and the Office of Multicultural Development office.”

For some reason this brought to mind the parting words of Catherine of Aragon to Henry VIII at Blackfriars.,

“On, on, it makes no matter, for it is no impartial court for me, therefore I will not tarry. Go on.”

Markwood tarried.

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