After Northwestern University's national championship women's lacrosse team visited the White House, a group photo showed several players wearing flip-flop sandals along with their dresses and skirts.
A controversy quickly followed, with one front-page headline quoting an e-mail sent to a player: "YOU WORE FLIP-FLOPS TO THE WHITE HOUSE?!" Family members of other players were also dismayed, saying the footwear was too casual for a visit with the president.
The young women, meanwhile, are trying to turn the controversy around. The players plan to auction off their White House flip-flops -- and give the proceeds to a ten-year-old girl with a brain tumor.