Daily O'Collegian, 1979-12-11
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hjhe daily o'collegian (usps 565-620) haco:'.i .'.c-ci.rtjr historical bide-. 1 newspaper archives the d a i l yk,ahom cityi ok 73105 ocofiegian vol.85-no.71- stillwater, okla., tuesday, december 11, 1979 newsstand copy 10c buying service practices met with varied responses by lisa zucha an independence, mo., buying service which has attracted consumer group criticism and praise from some students is in stillwater to sell memberships oklahoma state university students. representatives of the company, inc., said they feel complaints stem public ignorance their procedures misinformation. a salesman, who conducted membership meetings at local hotel, groups "don't try find out about us attending our meetings." he preferred remain anonymous. two groups, center for services action council, have alleged service's practices although legal are unethical. service, annual fee its refused disclose, places orders name-brand merchandise members. goods bought cost factories nearest members, must pay freight charges. company this could save consumers hundreds dollars. sent cards upperclassmen, stating recipients entitled free gift be collected meeting with one of its representatives. these cards are sent only to juniors and seniors because they "almost finished school should be competent in making financial decisions," the salesman said. at meeting, student presents his card company representative, who gives him a free gift according number printed on card. company's service costs explained thoroughly presentation given by salesman. "it seems like pretty good bargain," said an atoka senior refused identified name. he signed contract buying after presen tation friday night. "you're guaranteed that if you spend a certain amount of money in four years, you'll save the initial membership cost," he said. said came to meeting because was curious about service and his free gift. garber junior, who also asked name not be printed, said, "i prize they offered got me c.urious,. i've never been presentation like this." didn't feel any pressure sign contract, but when you're given something (a gift), obligated pay attention," both students thought forthright. "but there lot information keep track of. i can't verify some figures (the salesman) gave, sounded reasonable," one "the salesman seemed willing repeat anything we understand," added. student declined join felt it would inconvenient "at this time my life." were wary making "large budget decisions," afraid, as "there might have been something i missed." the students were told their memberships could not be mailed in to company, so they needed make a decision before company left stillwater. "i went ahead and signed contract," atoka student said. three business days think over my contract becomes valid." prospective customer is allowed take an uncompleted from motel room, said representative. "it's for our own protection. are accepted by mail, says that form has filled may taken customer," he "if wants go with his attorney, can filled-in him. according recension law, it over." dr. bill johnston of center for consumer services said an individual can save just as much money if he were willing to scrutinize local merchant prices. beth spence, director of the action council, she is concerned with "special sales packages aimed at students." "mom and dad have made all decisions, student doesn't generally know what's a good deal," said. "motivational marketing techniques" are widely used legal, johnston "it boils down psychology. we're trying sell audience, course we'll gear our presentation so that it appeals student," buying service representative said. "we don't twist any arms." spence said she worries complaints made against the buying service might be ignored because corporation is based out of state. a district attorney's spokesman agreed. "the best policy would to check with better business bureau and stillwater chamber commerce first," . keith ward, assistant attorney. service, subsidiary keyton corp., registered oklahoma city has company information on file at commerce. about service: "it offers you lifetime membership for so-much year. i think can save as much your own if shop wisely." after member places an order item located lowest cost available, must decide considering freight charges whether it worthwhile. "if he buy cheaper locally, when are considered, we direct him do that," salesman o'colleqian photo frosty troy, left, editor of the oklahoma observer, discusses issues with political science major wes casey monday night before troy spoke to state chapter young democrats. media prompts party changes by susan hall the media was biggest factor in alleged demise of two-party system, oklahoma observer editor frosty troy told young democrats monday night. death political parties is a popular topic for conversation, he said, but disagreed that "drastic changes system" were caused special interest groups. "we've always had groups and they've been single-issue oriented," asserted. "when has farm bureau anything else program?" described as profound. "there's no longer any in-terparty discipline. primaries are wide open now serve vehicle raising funds," audience his rapid-fire delivery. first sign made difference came when j. howard edmondson ran governor, said. "the trouble wanted to be one (in party) him governor," went on television. above party leaders elected television," describing "a good-looking devil who could project an image." said television done more kill republican nationally than any other factor. 'ix)ok at sam ervin. who would admire him for anything? he was the biggest racist. but became a hero when went after tricky dick," said. troy said problem is blurring of philosophies, which termed "sad." most democrats can't give you definition party's philosophy, making them no different from republican, an independent or whig, using example voting records democratic u.s. senators and representatives oklahoma, likened changes between their campaign promises and their performances to the movie "the fly." in movie, a man perfected means move through time. but when he used method, there was fly time capsule came out with fly's head. "something happens these guys they come democratic body republican it's head that does voting," said. troy proposes parties back up redefine terms. urged audience dig for true philosophy of organizations support. . illegal insertions placed in papers unauthorized material concerning the iranian situation was inserted illegally several saturday issues of daily o'collegian. editor dale ingram said inserts were apparently into fold o'collegian after newspapers had been distributed on campus. "the matter saturday's edition not authorized by any department we no knowledge they to be o'collegian," he said. only which available student union. "it is important that people realize what o'collegian, and insertion unlawful." oklahoma state university police have notified are conducting an investigation. k . h nigh visits gov. george will arrive at the oklahoma state university student union tuesday to open a two-day statewide conference on families. major discussion topics include "families and institutions," human needs,"
|Title||Daily O'Collegian, 1979-12-11|
|Subject||Oklahoma State University-Students-Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals-Oklahoma; Stillwater, (Okla.)-Newspapers|
|Description||The student-run newspaper at Oklahoma State University from 1924 -|
|Publisher||Stillwater, OK; Oklahoma State University. 1924 -|
|Relation||The Daily O'Collegian|
|Rights||Copyright 2011 Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. All rights reserved.|