T-Shirt Sparks Controversy at Penn State

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A controversy is brewing at Penn State University over a T-shirt that won a student-design competition to promote school spirit.
    
The shirt features a design with a blue stripe similar to the Nittany Lions' distinctive football helmet.
    
Penn State is printed through the stripe, but some people say that it looks too much like a cross.
    
Six complaints have been filed with the university, including one from the Anti-Defamation League's Philadelphia branch.

Creators of the design, seniors Stephanie Bennis and Emily Sabolsky, defended their work saying it had no religious overtones.

Bennis said the blue stripe was intended to reflect the school's football program.

"That was the entire idea," she said. "And all we thought was normally wording goes right across the chest. That's truly the reason why we did it."

Bennis also said she was shocked by the controversy.

"Are we going to ban lowercase t's in the alphabet?" she asked. "Where do you draw the line?"
    
Bill Mahon, vice president for university relations, told Foxnews.com that "six complaints is not a controversy."

"Students submit shirt designs to the student paper each year," Mahon said. "Students then vote for their favorite design and they are sold in the campus bookstore."

Mahon also said the university has no plan to remove the shirts.

"The shirts have sold out and no changes are planned," he said.

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