Where I currently work we have licensed rights to various universities and colleges. Recently we had to make a tough decision: do we keep UCONN or let it go? Since the company I work for is located in Connecticut, it would seem logical to keep the school’s licensing rights but they are restricting the new logo’s usage to a select few. So far, I’ve only seen that Nike and Duncan Donuts are allowed to use the new logo. If you look in the specs above, it says UConn will “announce it’s future marks and their availability to licensees” in early winter/spring. Of course, early winter/spring meant May 1st, a full two weeks after they revealed the logos to the general public. Just my opinion here, but doesn’t UConn value their licensees more than this – that they get this info after the public gets it? Then to see that unless you’re willing to cough up big bucks, you can’t have it until 2014! So that means for the small businesses, they don’t get a mascot logo from UConn for one year and a half! Since the company I work for makes items for women, the logo that was most popular was the mascot, not the lettering. So without the rights to use it, the best option was to cancel the license for now, and maybe pick it up again in the future. Too Bad.
Recently I went with my husband to Washington D.C. to visit friends. We were on our way to the National Gallery of Art, primarily to see the Albrecht Dürer exhibit. We passed by the Mall and saw hundreds of people dressed in white running to piles of what looked to be bones, grabbing a handful and placing them on the lawn. Interested, we took a closer look. They were, of course, fake bones, made of recycled cardboard: egg carton-like material cast into a variety of bone shapes. From their website is a brief synopsis:
One Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice, combining education, hands-on art making, and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in places like Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Burma. For the past three years we have been collecting 1,000,000 handcrafted bones for a three-day installation event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 8-10, 2013. The installation will exist as a collaborative site of conscience to honor victims and survivors, and will also serve as a visual petition against ongoing conflicts and a resounding call for much need and long overdue action.
We watched and read about the project and moved on. We saw the amazing Dürer exhibit and then went over to the west building to see the Edvard Munch show and then browsed around. One of the rooms had just 4 large paintings by Thomas Cole, The Voyage of Life. I found the scenery depicted was fabulous (though the angels were too much) and I loved how he handled the clouds. Steve was particularly struck by the series and asked me for my phone to photograph them. As we walked back toward where we parked we were just about at the bones again and I wondered how far they had gotten while we were inside. Steve was talking about the Cole series and saying how sometimes he doesn’t like the art for the imagery but more for the meaning. I was thrilled! This is what artists throughout time, all over the world have been trying to get across! Artists have used many forms of media to produce something that inspires and moves you emotionally. This clearly was what the One Million Bones project was all about. The chance to bring a message to the general public in a format that transmits the message in a powerful way.
Big Uproar here in Connecticut is that UCONN is getting a newer fiercer Jonathan the husky. I am totally against it because –Big Business has NO PLACE in making demands on public schools!!!
It’s not just the husky, which is their “primary logo” that will go, but the “C” is either gone or getting revised as well. Currently all that’s left while waiting for the new dog are the words UCONN and HUSKIES, some of which are shown on RED backgrounds!
While I usually don’t mind logo changes I bristle at the thought of Big Business coming in to public universities and making demands. Yup, all across the country NIKE is forcing schools to change their logos so that Nike can sell more shirts. They don’t deny it, in fact they are proud of it!
I happen to work for a small company that makes officially licensed collegiate products, non apparel. We have watched as Nike has come in, demanded logo changes, and has forced schools to give them exclusive access to some of the new logo designs. Nike apparently pays for the designs and new uniforms – who pays for changing out all the logos on campus and online? Does anyone else notice that they all have a sort of Nike swoop look to them? Nike promises them large returns in royalties for the logo use and from what we have read in industry papers, they are demanding to be the only apparel maker, eliminating ALL competition. This creates a monopoly in the industry. While one might say that shouldn’t matter, it takes away the opportunity for other companies to create and design fun clothing for students and alumni to wear, and it fosters the homogenization of America, created by NIKE.
It sends the wrong message to students:
- no competition is allowed, only the “chosen” wins
- money buys loyalty, respect and pride
- it’s okay to support big business to be a bully!
As tax payers, we are allowing this to happen to our public universities!
I think that public colleges and universities should not be allowed to enter agreements with corporations like this. College athletes aren’t allowed to take gifts or get special treatment from merchandising companies, so why should the public school they attend be any different? Letting one company come in like this sets a precedent for other large corporations to follow and demand that their needs be met, perhaps not just in athletics but other areas of the university as well.
Although I see negative comments by people, I’m dismayed to see so little student reaction to their schools decisions, although I recently found a petition for UCONN, and some discussion, although I think most people miss the point. I hope the petition gets heard/read and gets serious consideration from UCONN.
I fear it’s too late, and soon we’ll attend Nike University, Whataburger State College, Duncan Donuts U, KFC YUM! College, College of Sav-on Foods and think nothing of it.
Found this great pic of the ball at NYC Times Square. It’s by Anthony Quintano of NBC News when he went behind the scenes on New Year’s Eve. I really love the angle it’s from.
This is great – scientists, artists and philosophers getting together to discuss our world and universe. They have just released their first short film with a longer documentary to follow.
The Overview Effect tells us that the Earth is an interconnected whole, of which human beings are a part. We are one species with one destiny, and as more than one astronaut has said, “We are all in this together.” We are the crew of a natural spaceship called Earth, which is hurtling through the universe at a high rate of speed. In a very real sense, all of us are astronauts, but we do not realize it because we normally do not experience it.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the photos taken of our planet from space by the Apollo 17 crew.
Today is World Aids Day. So many countries all in support of this and yet so much more needs to be done. According to what I’ve read, over 34 million people suffer with HIV. According to CDC people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent) and most of these youth living with HIV (60 percent) are unaware they are infected! I personally have only known one person who was affected, he was an artist with a supremely clever wit and dazzling smile. We lost touch over the years but last I knew he was doing okay, a 15 year survivor.
I voted today. I can’t say that I’m exactly thrilled with any of the choices I was offered, but I feel that you can’t complain if you don’t participate. Every election I still find myself eagerly optimistic that the winning candidates will benefit the world in a positive manner. And I’m sure they all think that they’re going to, regardless of their personal ideology. Somewhere along the intervening months things just don’t seem to get done in government, at least not the way I always hope they will or even the way the candidates promised.
I’ve decided I’m a Romantic Realist, can that be a party? Maybe we could start using that instead of Independent. That’s what I’m registered as; I find it difficult to admit that I’m married to a Republican, though. Steve claims he randomly chose a party years ago without knowing what they stood for, just so he could vote in a primary. I’ve been with him for longer than I care to admit, and I’ve yet to hear him say he’s ever voted in a primary! I’ve always been an independent sort, and I find many times I’m a “middle of the road” kind of person. It’s not that I don’t have an opinion, most times I do – I just prefer to think that I keep an open mind, can see two (or more) sides to an issue and nothing’s clear cut left or right. So I vote, eyes wide shut like my cute dog Finn and keep hopeful thoughts.
I remember my mom used to say that she would vote for whomever my dad didn’t, and Dad would reply with, “She only votes to cancel me out!” After the election Mom’s station wagon would sport a bumper sticker that said, “Don’t blame me I voted for the other guy” or some such.
This year they’re both going to vote for the same candidate – imagine that. Things DO change.