On March 1, University Council tabled an update to the trademark policy that would allow a brewery to provide a beer, featured with the MSU logo, for the university’s 125th anniversary. The University Council first tabled the update on Feb.1.
On Feb. 16, the ASMSU Senate discussed if the MSU trademark policy for alcohol should be amended, to allow the logo on a alcoholic product. The amendment was passed through the ASMSU senate, on the condition that a sunset clause was included. The sunset clause requires that the trademark will only be used on alcohol for the celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary. The notion was that this clause would dampen the concern by the public, and that the trademark would not be extended on alcohol beyond the use by a local brewery for this celebratory event.
As a result of the ASMSU Senate vote, ASMSU President Garrett Leach will only vote for the amendment to pass in the University Council if this sunset clause is included. The Alumni voted the amendment down, with or without the sunset clause, with the prevailing concern of how this could affect the University’s integrity or be misused in the future.
During the public comment segment at the ASMSU senate meeting, students spoke against the amendment, as they felt personally tied to the issue. A presentation was made by Marci Torres, the assistant director of Student Health Services, further adding support to why the amendment should not be passed.
The next University Council will be held on Wed., April 5 in SUB 233 at 8:30 a.m.