But The Harvard Shop—a competitor of Bridges’ and McDonald’s employer, Ringware—was quick to tip off Harvard officials when it got wind of their tabling activities.
Finnegan Hamill, manager of The Harvard Shop, sent an e-mail to House administrators, accusing Ringware of failing to obtain the required permission slip from the dean of the College’s office before setting up shop in Lowell.
“It’s unfair for Ringware to come out of nowhere and start selling rings without following the same rules we do,” Hamill wrote in the e-mail. “I don’t know why Ringware expects special treatment, but if everybody else has to go through the Dean’s Office, there’s no reason they shouldn’t, too.”
Hamill asked House administrators to send an e-mail to all students informing them that Ringware violated University policy.
According to Vicki Macy, assistant administrator of Adams House, Hamill’s concerns prompted her and other administrators to remind students that anyone soliciting for private companies within the Houses needs the explicit permission of the office of Dean of the College Harry R. Lewis ’68.
But some say the policy is giving The Harvard Shop and its parent company, Harvard Student Agencies, an unfair advantage.
Morevoer, Bridges said he and McDonald obtained permission from Lowell House before selling the rings.
“This is clearly an attempt [by the HSA and the Harvard Shop] to maintain their monopoly (or duopoly) in the class ring business,” Bridges wrote.
“Ringware is officially licensed and registered and has as much right to sell class rings as HSA and The Harvard Shop,” Bridges said. “The Harvard Shop’s claim that we have violated University policy is false, as we have gained the