Daily O'Collegian, 1970-01-15
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prof proposes 'more fair' draft lottery plan fl special to the o'colteglan 1 recent selective service lottery perhaps repre-k sents first time in history when thousands of people s have reason complain that they were given more i than an even chance "winning," says oklahoma state professor. dr. walter j. ward, research methodology teacher in' graduate school journalism and communications, said "lopsided" distribution blrthdatcs resulting from "fishbowl" drawing probably would occur only one case out 100. response criticism early draft calls are "top-heavy" with having late birthdates, ward illustrated an alternative method of selection in his research classes. the results were quite different from those selective service drawing. in-class "lottery" showed a nearly equal distribution birthdates throughout 366 slots that determined order draft calls. task, as outlined to outgoing director gen. lewis b. hcrshcy by president nixon, was simply randomly assign 3g6 order-of-call slots. this means every birthdate should have had chance being assigned any amidst after-the-fact criticism hershey, along with oklahoma selective service director col. herbert hope, have defended the televised lottery on various grounds. "our alternative to 'fishbowl' method was selection of birthdates from a random-numbers table determine order call," ward said. "personally, i believe this is better in instance one which would invalidated criticisms method. random number minimizes possibility human elements entering into operation." numbers method, all 366 jan. 1 through dec. 31 are assigned numbers, 1 through 366. then 366 consecutive numbers are drawn from the random table and listed on a separate sheet of paper in order they drawn. this list is matched with assigned to birthdates. if 231 was first table, birthdate numbered (which aug. 18) would be order-of-call list. ward explained that contains columns rows arranged completely non-orderly fashion, making it virtually impossible predict what number will follow another. "in our method, early late birthdays were nearly evenly distributed among 183 second assignments," said, "which expected selection operating properly." for example, he said assignments contained 96 birthdates jan. july 87 2 dec. 31. "the 96-87 division no greater than majority time," said. similarly, -through contrast lottery, 'lopsided' distribution selective service lottery occur only one time 100," the first 183 assignments in televised lottery were filled with 109 late birthdates (july 2 through dec. 31), compared only 74 early (jan. 1 july 1). "this doesn't mean selective service drawing absolutely was not a random selection," ward said. "but odds are 99 to against it." noted that service's last as "top-heavy" 183. they contained from half of year and half. this happening more than 1, "fishbowl" method is legitimate it does leave door open for criticism calls great precaution. "for example, col. hope stated that the televised lottery was as random possible, noting capsules were thoroughly shaken before they dumped into fishbowl. yet, some critics implied on top contained a disproportionate number of late birthdates. "had stirred after each drawing, this challenge would have seemed less logical. other hand, if had determined order calls by numbers, 'top-of-the-pile' claim hardly could held up at all," ward said. "furthermore, what is reasoning behind covering bottom fishbowl with soft cloth?" asks. "oh, i read 'mumbo-jumbo' about cloth reducing bounce capsules. but it appears to me little bouncing might helped matters." the n daily o'cqilegian volume 75 number stillwater, okla., thursday, jan. 15, 1970 holiday nears; classes resume jan. 26 by steve hiney semester break at oklahoma , state will begin just as soon students finish their finals, but officially, the fall of school ends 12:30 p.m., saturday. with ending, parts university shut down operations until opening spring 7:30 a.m. mon- r day, jan. 26. starting activities for be howdy dance-ii, from 8 p.m. till 11 in newly decorated student union ballroom, boss tweed band providing entertainment. dance spon- sored ac- t tivitics board. i mrs. norma dougherty, assist-f ant registrar, said enrollment continue through noon saturday, 24, exhibit rooms union. "after a late enroll-i ment fee $5 on first day and $10 thereafter charged," dougherty said. last ' adding or dropping courses 5 friday, feb. 6. all residence halls brum-ley apartments closed ; during break, lynn jackson, assistant director single housing men, ! however, who need to stay dorms should make arrangements head resident respective 10 friday. cafeteria facilities except willard will serve the last meal of semester at noon saturday. willard's cafeteria end with dinner friday. snack bars reopen 4 p.m. sunday, jan. 25, and cafeterias start serving breakfast monday, 26. norman moore, director of the student union, said union will maintain normal hours but that closing might be earlier in evening. faculty club closed, however. regular operating library maintained. are 7 a.m. till midnight monday through saturday and 2 p.m. sunday. the daily o'collegian will cease publication for semester with thursday's paper. regular resume tuesday, jan. 27. j rotcrohold ! commissioning the army and air force rotc detachments at oklahoma state 5 will hold joint ' ceremonies for senior cadets saturday. is scheduled 10:30 a.m., saturday, in student union ballroom. featured speaker be maj. gen. george m. johnson, commander of okla- ihoma city materiel area. held end each academic semes-i ter graduating seniors who f have completed their requirements into service. 43 19 cadets, all seniors, commissioned as second lieutenants. jii an inside look at the interior of oklahoma state's university auditorium shows construction progress. building is being renovated to be- ccoutfun photo vf bok dtsmar come part of the m. b. seretean center for performing arts. is scheduled completion sept. 1, 1970.
|Title||Daily O'Collegian, 1970-01-15|
|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.|