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ASG discusses polo shirts, quarter-zips and other apparel

By Britton Perelman, Culture Editor

The Miami University Associated Student Government (ASG) came to a verdict about club apparel during its Tuesday night meeting.

After announcing Senator of the Month, Amy Berg, the secretary for communications and media relations, began the discussion. The topic was met with the sound of senators knocking on their desks to indicate approval.

ASG considered three items - a long sleeve T-shirt, a polo and a quarter-zip sweatshirt.

The announcement of apparel options was met with yet another cascade of knocking approval.

But, Berg explained, there was a catch - only the long sleeve t-shirt was free. The senators and other members of ASG would be required to pay out of pocket for the polo and quarter-zip.

The tentative design for the long sleeve shirt included ASG's name on the chest and a large copy of its logo on the back. The logo is red, centered around a judge's mallet, set on a white shirt.

"When the logo's really small, it's sometimes hard to see this," Berg said, pointing to the words inside the circle. "Which is, you know, our name."

Berg then opened the floor for comments and feedback about the shirt itself.

"Is there any way we can get a pocket on that tee, though?" asked one senator.

A thunderous knocking followed, lasting approximately seven seconds.

"Not confirming or denying," Berg said, after explaining that she'd have to check on how much a pocket would influence the overall price of each shirt.

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Berg then brought up the possibility of using the Miami "M" in the pocket design. After mixed feedback, a hand vote was taken for the final decision.

A discussion followed about the pros and cons of using the organization's full name, "Associated Student Government," or the abbreviation, "ASG."

When Berg switched to discussion about the quarter-zip sweatshirt, several senators called out their approval.

"What are our thoughts about doing the, 'established,' on the back?" asked Berg, referring to the idea of including the organization's establishment date in the design. "Or, I can see about putting the Miami 'M' on the back here."

The last order of business was the polo shirt.

One concerned senator asked whether it would be a Dry Fit golf polo or just a cotton polo. The matter was left unresolved.

Berg then confessed that she was unsure if the polo would be unisex or not. She proceeded to take a vote about how many women would be interested in the polo versus how many men, and whether they'd be interested in a Dry Fit or cotton shirt.

A vote determined that gray was the most popular color choice for the polo.

"One of the reasons we really want to get apparel is so people know who we are," Berg said. "Our brand, our logo, things like that."