12 U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAPER
Ufe And Art OCTOBER 1988
OCTOBER 1988 Dollars And Sense
U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAP
Mr. Downey: The spokesman for intolerance
Counseling service helping debt-ridden students
By J. Lane Sommers
The Daily Reveille
Louisiana State U.
Oprah Winfrey might care about
you, and Geraldo Rivera may be hot,
but Morton Downey Jr. is mad.
Downey is the host - or rather,
ringmaster - of a new talk show.
Downey, however, is to the open
forum what The National Enquirer is
to journalism. But Downey does have
quite a following. And "following" is
the right word.
Picture, if you will, a pudgy man
praneing out from behind some
bleachers filled to capacity with
young people chanting, "HOO! HOO!
HOO!" while clamoring for the oppor-
tunity to slap the pudgy man's hands.
Now picture the pudgy man making a
beeline to the women in the audience,
with the sole intent of kissing more
strangers than Richard Dawson.
But this is all foreplay, a pep rally
to work the crowd into a feeding fren-
zy for whoever is unfortunate enough
to be the guests.
You see, the whole purpose of The
Morton Downey Jr. Show is to get
people on stage and let the audience
insult them - with Downey himself
taking quite a few shots. It rarely
matters if a valid point is made on
this program. It only matters that one
of the speaking guests verbally
abuses another of the guests.
Morton Downey Jr.'s show is filled
with people representing what may
actually be a valid issue, but the
spokespersons selected for the show
are usually at extreme ends of the
ideological spectrum, casting their
own cause in a bad light.
And in the middle of the dueling
factions stands Downey, holding a
buddy relationship with the audience
and the home viewers. He treats the
whole thing as a joke that only he, the
audience and you are in on.
I can't tell whether Downey's tele-
vision persona is genuine, but intui-
tion tells me that his acute conservat-
ism is more a vehicle than a way of
life. Just when we thought we were
safe from the conservative backlash
that accompanied Ronald Reagan's
term as president (like the birth of the
Yuppie), Downey rekindles the
Morton Downey Jr. - a man who's not
afraid to let you know where he stands.
Talk show hosts:
The good, bad
and the very ugly
By Charles Lieurance
U. of Nebraska, Lincoln
Lately a new breed of "journalists"
has surfaced, talk show journalists.
Their goals are the same as those of
most journalists: to find stories where
none exist. Their methods are, at best,
tabloidal. Still, they have garnered a
respect and a salary that writers for The
National Enquirer could never expect.
Having no ideas of
their own, except a
neutered respect for
all of god's creatures
no matter how inces-
tuous, obese or lost,
these men and women
lead daily public
Geraldo Rivera meetings in which the
most perverse aspects of private life are
revealed for public consumption.
They've come to be the only palatable
staple of morning and afternoon televi-
sion. So for those who can't sit through
soaps, here's a quick rating system to
help you suit your viewing needs:
1. Donahue - It's still the best hour of
confrontation for your advertising buck.
Donahue is the original, the Elvis of
self-righteousness, a blank slate on
which all experience - from drugs to
common household chores - is etched.
Major gaffe: I once heard him try to
explain what a "roach" was to a con-
fused, elderly bunch of drug-free Chica-
2. Geraldo - If you're after sheer en-
tertainment value, Geraldo is the tops.
He is easily the most annoying, self-
righteous jerk to appear as a TV screen
image since Tom Snyder.
Geraldo's not afraid of sneering and
calling a Hell's Angel "scum" right to his
face on national TV. And if he were gun-
ned down in his driveway tomorrow,
only his mother would be surprised.
Best feature: The subtitles under peo-
ple's names are the most entertaining
part of Geraldo. "Joe Smith (ate his
bride to be)" is not an uncommon sight.
Best gaffe: Geraldo Rivera is himself
a gaffe, a failed guerilla journalist who
picks on junkies for fun.
3. Oprah - She's larger-than-life, a
movie star, a normal woman trapped in
a talk show host's demeanor. She spe-
By Steve Pietranton
The Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia U.
A discount card program that
gives its users savings at local
businesses is raising money for
charity and pulling a fraternity
out of debt at the same time.
Last year, Tau Kappa Epsilon
(TKE) fraternity was "slapped
with $3,700 in back taxes," TKE
member and card program origi-
nator Scott Radman said.
Radman, a business major at
the university, created the TKE
Platinum Card to pay the tax debt
and aid the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation of America.
The card is not a credit card.
Rather, it is a discount card to be
used at one of 35 Morgantown,
W.V. merchants who honor the
card, which costs $10.
Ten percent of the discount
value will go to Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation of America and 90
percent will benefit the TKE
'Gold' in union
with credit card
By Jennifer Bursik
The Oklahoma Daily
U. of Oklahoma
Students can now pay for food
and services at the Oklahoma
Memorial Union, thanks to a pre-
paid, individually-funded credit
system installed in August.
A minimum deposit of $50
opens a Union Gold Card account.
Each account is automatically de-
bited after a transaction. Balance
information is also given, so no
accounts can be overdrawn.
Union Executive Director
Charles Swaim called the new
system "a money management
tool." Accounts will not draw in-
terest but will realize a seven per-
cent savings over cash in some in-
stances. Cardholders are not
charged sales tax on purchases.
"(Students can) put money into
an account and be able to eat for
the whole semester," Swaim said.
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provided by Griffin Technology Inc.
The university pays more than
$4,000 in rent per month for the
service and equipment, Sills said.
The Wildcat Card has replaced
meal cards previously used in the
union and should speed up cash
register lines, said Union Associate
Director Vera Carr.
To help promote use of the Card,
a 5 percent discount at the union
bookstore was offered for two
weeks in August to those who depo-
sited $250 or more in their
By Eduardo Montes
U. of Texas, El Paso
Students already in financial hot wa-
ter, and those wishing to avoid it, can
get help from a national agency.
The Consumer Credit Counseling
Service (CCCS) aids those who need or
want budgeting assistance.
The offices, located in a second-story
office of a YWCA in El Paso, are there as
a community service, according to a
CCCS pamphlet. It is not a charity orga-
nization or lending institution.
The pamphlet states CCCS has a
To aid persons who have debt prob-
lems through assistance on budgeting
and family money management;
To develop a common sense plan for
orderly liquidation of debts with the
cooperation of the client and their credi-
tors (in this instance CCCS acts as a
mediator between creditor and debtor);
To foster education of the wise and
unwise use of credit through budgeting
and family money management in order
to prevent debt problems from arising.
Darlene Gade, director of the El Paso
CCCS, said the service is there for any-
one in the community to use.
However, she added that those in-
volved in programs such as debt li-
quidation have to pay a membership at
the YWCA, which is $20 per year, and a
monthly fee that cannot exceed $8.
The amount of the fee depends on how
many creditors are involved in a par-
ticular client's situation.
The CCCS is manned by three full-
time workers and two volunteers.
RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS
Credit card helps school ... Th
of college credit cards is taking off. In the
issue of U. The National College Newspal
was reported that Boston U.'s (BU) Office of,
ni Relations was offering students a Maste
with the BU skyline printed on it. Now, the A
Association at California Polytechnic State U
Luis Obispo, is teaming up with a Fresno,
bank to offer students a VISA card embla
with gold mustangs. Introduced this past s
the Alumni Association makes money off the
in one of three ways: it receives $6 of th
membership fee: a donation from the bank
portion of the purchase amount every time th
is used; and a bank donation of a portion
user's annual interest. The money is the
directed back to the school. "It has the poter
generate $50,000 a year," said Alumni As:
tion Director Steven Shockley, who added
than 1,000 applications had been returned
office as of early August. Linda Fri
Mustang Daily, Califor
Polytechnic State U., San Luis Ob
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