By Brendan Raleigh, News Editor
Following the 2014-2015 academic year, Gettysburg College as students know it will cease to exist — at least under the name “Gettysburg College.” After weeks of negotiations with the new, but rapidly expanding Bisom Cola Company, the college finally settled on a deal that would alter the college’s name in exchange for a number of financial gifts from the Bisom Cola Company.
“It is really a fantastic deal for both parties,” commented Bisom Cola CEO Arnold Levinthall. “With our recent sales numbers, we have plenty of excess cash to spend on stuff like this. And it shows that Gettysburg really likes Bisom Cola, too.”
Levinthall continued to explain his thoughts behind the unorthodox marketing strategy.
“We’re not just advertising to the students and faculty with this. Every time a graduate of the college submits a job application, that employer will read that they graduated from ‘Gettysburg College, Sponsored by Bisom Cola.’ It shows that they graduated from a school that is not only hip, but is also a big fan of Bisom Cola. It’s a win-win.”
In addition to paying a sum of over $95,000 to the college, Bisom Cola has also offered students a 10% discount on all Bisom Cola products, so long as they are purchased on a weekday at a time between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Given Gettysburg College students’ recent purchasing trends, such a discount could amount to dozens of dollars over the next few years, according to Levinthall.
Bisom Cola, founded by Levinthall in 2013, has been quickly making a name for itself in the soda industry, taking the places of Pepsi or Coca Cola as the drink-of-choice in six different states in America.
Despite the soda company’s immense financial gifts, some students have expressed their dissatisfaction with the trade-off.
First-year Justin Gumas commented on the renaming, saying, “Although there are some species, such as the woodcock, which seem to be prone to flying into windows, there is little evidence of the issue affecting the conservation status of any species.”
The Bisom Company has received many similar complaints from students recently, but CEO Arnold Levinthall commented that he is sure that students are overreacting.
“Most students are acting as if they have to call the school ‘Gettysburg College, Sponsored by Bisom Cola’ every time they mention it, but this is far from the truth. We would prefer it, of course and we can take legal recourse if any students choose not to refer to the college by its full name, but in many ways, it is still up to the students. They can still call it ‘Gettysburg College,’ just so long as they are fine with being sued for it.”
The change is set to take place at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year.
With the new money acquired from the transaction, the college plans to construct various advertisements and memorials in honor of Bisom Cola.
All drinks in the dining halls will be replaced with Bisom Cola brand drinks, such as “Bisom Cola Milk Soda” and “Bisom Cola Carbonated, Caffeinated Cola Water.” Gettysburg College is not the first school to sell its name to a prominent donor, however. In 2012, Dickinson College was famously purchased by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the price of ₩30 trillion North Korean wons, which, in U.S. dollars, amounts to approximately $43.