The University of Iowa

UI bookstore offers foreign-language T-shirts

November 9th, 2010

Photos by Karina Schroeder

The T-shirts have only been in stock two weeks, but University Bookstore general manager Richard Shannon said they have been selling well.

These aren’t just ordinary T-shirts. They are T-shirts printed with “The University of Iowa” in the five most commonly spoken foreign languages at Iowa: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Shannon said the bookstore got the idea from Iowa State, which sells similar merchandise. Although the store is only offering these five languages, Shannon said, “If the program develops, we’ll certainly look at expanding [the list].”

This is the first time the bookstore has offered such merchandise.

Yi Zhang (right), an employee at University Bookstore and native of China, models the new "University of Iowa" T-shirt in Chinese