University Council met on Wednesday, Feb. 1 for their monthly meeting to discuss university policy. On the agenda this month was the discussion of the trademark and copyright policy for alcoholic beverages like beer or wine. President Waded Cruzado could not attend, so Robert Mokawa, Ph.D., led the meeting. Kellie Peterson, of the MSU legal counsel, spoke on the changes to the policy if approved. She stated, “A change in the policy can move us from not even having a conversation, to be able to at least discuss the possibility of using the trademark on alcoholic beverages.”
Opponents to the policy change believe that allowing the Bobcat logo on beer would send the wrong message to students and the community. Peterson, however, said, “MSU has a wonderful relationship with the community.” Many committee members also spoke about how responsible MSU students are in regards to drinking, and believes that it would not have a negative effect on the university. Some voiced that, partnered with the right brewery, it could even be beneficial to MSU and its agricultural program. Under the current policy, however, the University Council cannot even have a discussion about using the trademark. Peterson stated, “If something does go wrong or we find that it doesn’t work out, we can always change the policy back.” The committee voted to table the decision until the next meeting on March 1.