Nicholas Fonseca
March 08, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Q In Crossroads, Britney Spears dons a Southern University T-shirt. Southern’s a predominantly black school in Baton Rouge, La. What gives?

A Costumer Wendy Schecter, who found the tee at an L.A. thrift store, explains: ”Her character, Lucy, is a college-oriented girl.” The snug shirt was a perfect fit. Spears is from Kentwood, La., 75 miles from 17,000-student Southern’s main campus. The school wasn’t T’d off. ”We’re tickled pink,” says chancellor Edward Jackson, who approved the placement. ”The fact that we’re African-American makes little difference.” The school bookstore is seeing another color — green. Sales of Southern duds are up.

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