Remember Our School's Motto: "And Now, A Word From Our Sponsors"

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  1. CTrees says:

    Ethically or morally, of course this sort of thing shouldn't happen. The question is, how to structure regulations to prevent it.

  2. Josh M. says:

    I can't for the life of me understand how school after school keeps on doing this, despite the flood of lawsuits that inevitably follow…and which they almost inevitably lose. One would think that boards of trustees would start to wisen up sooner or later to the fact that one of these incidents, if it gets enough publicity or they get spanked soundly enough in court, could cost them far more than the sponsorships or other arrangements they have.

    It really makes absolutely no sense.

  3. Scott Jacobs says:

    The second I saw "Coke", I knew I would see "Coke whore".

  4. Ken says:

    The mystery has really gone out of our relationship, hasn't it?

  5. Ken says:

    Does this mean we have to experiment with dressing up in different avatars?

  6. Scott Jacobs says:

    If I see you in a cheerleader outfit or anything remotely similar, I'm outta here.

  7. SPQR says:

    I'm still not completely use to Patrick as General Sherman.

  8. Old Geezer says:

    Coca Cola in our schools? But, but, but, think of the children!

  9. C. S. P. Schofield says:

    Nobody with any grounding in the history of education should be surprised; it has always been possible – nay, easy – to get kicked out of school for bad-mouthing (or even being insufficiently appreciative of) the school Patron, or for not toeing the line generally. The big difference in our modern schools is the wide range of choice one has concerning Patrons. It USED to be pretty much limited to whatever the Official Church was.

    Which isn't to say we shouldn't ridicule schools that do this kind of thing.

  10. Marc says:

    These schools were just doing their job: preparing students for life in the real world. Just look at some of the police interactions with the occupy wall street protestors. The government doesn't like it when you fuck with their corporate sponsors either.

  11. Joe says:

    Wow, usually it's The Onion who writes this stuff before it happens. Score one for The Simpsons.

    Who can tell me the atomic weight of bolognium?

    Ooh … delicious?

    Correct. I would also accept snacktacular.

  12. marco73 says:

    Sometimes the sponsorship can have unintended consequences. My daughter is a teacher at a public school. The school system has a contract with Pepsi. There used to be Pepsi machines at various locations at the school. But then the busybody school board decided that school children were too stupid to make their own choices in what beverages to purchase, so the school board decided that Pepsi could only sell fruit juice and water in the vending machines. Pepsi couldn't make any money doing that, so they took all the machines out of the schools. But since they have a contract with the school district, there are no replacement machines. There are large cages at various points around the school where there are no longer any machines. School children and teachers bring their beverages to school, so you still see kids running around with soda, just not bought at school.

  13. the other rob says:

    The thing that strikes me about the Cameron case is that it speaks to Hamilton having a limited imagination – or just being limited in general, frankly.

    If you've made it up the corporate ladder to Regional President at Coca Cola, you're not going to be phased by one kid wearing a Pepsi shirt. More likely, you'll turn it to your advantage, with an off the cuff quip about how you knew Pepsi were struggling, but you hadn't realised that they were in such dire straits that… [insert punchline here].

    No big deal, except that the limited Hamilton was clearly incapable of imagining such a response and projected the Coke guy's response as being what hers would be. This seems to be a common element of many of these stories about outrageous behaviour by school officials – the assumption that everybody is as limited as they are.

  14. Ken says:

    That's a good point, other rob. I've always thought that many of the cases where schools improperly suppress student religious expression (forbidding them from reading Bibles, etc.) comes from a phenomenon like that: limited minds hear a steady drumbeat of "OMG teh evil ACLU will sue you if you allow a Bible on school grounds" from various talking heads, and then project accordingly.

  15. CTrees says:

    @Joe: Daria also had an episode like this, with similar excesses. I have to give the nod to Daria for dressing the football players up in soda can uniforms, though.

  16. andrews says:

    Higher One may have their PR flacks out working on the case, but the link you provided suggests that their PR flacks are not doing a good job. Maybe they are in training for Brandlink Communications, home of Jose Martinez.

  17. VPJ says:

    Well, seems CVCC finally realized that getting one's panties in a twist does not allow retaliation for protected speech.

  18. Al says:

    Actually, that reads more like they realized they can't get caught retaliating. The policy still stands.

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