Fatal error in edu-clean/functions.php on line 17

Hi,

I’ve just downloaded the edublogs home page theme and am starting to make changes on it. However on the totally clean version before I’ve touched it I get the following error wherever the comments are (including in the backend):

Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference in public_html/wp-content/themes/edu-clean/functions.php on line 17

I’ve got various plugins installed however I’ve tried the theme on a completely new clean install of wpmu and am getting the same error. A live example of this is http://skinaid.org.uk. I’m running WPMU 2.8.4. This only happens on this particular theme. I’ve tried several other themes and not got the error.

I’d be very grateful for any suggestions how to fix this or what could be causing it.

Regards,

Rebecca