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Ring committee to purchase rings

By Randi Rubin

Members of the Class of 1987 Ring Committee have decided not to receive free class rings for themselves, according to Mary S. Tai '87, committee chairman.

Past committees have received rings at a discount or free of charge.

"The class officers adamantly said `no free rings,' and so we told Josten's that we did not want them," Tai said.

The Ring Committee is responsible for negotiating with various ring companies and for designing that year's "brass rat." The class officers choose the ten member committee after they review applications and interview applicants from the class.

The Class Council normally formulates its own policy on the cost of rings for committee members, said Bill Hobbib '86, Class of 1986 Ring Committee chairman. That is why there is the possibility of a new policy each year.

Class of 1986 Ring Committee members paid 85 percent of the cost of their class rings as voted upon by the Class of 1986 Class Council, Hobbib said.

The Class of 1985 Ring Committee consisted of the five class officers and five members-at-large. The committee chairman, Dan Flores '85, was not a class officer. "We did not have much of a class council to go to," he said. The committee decided upon free rings for its members that year.

The decision to offer committee members free rings was based "mostly on tradition," Flores said, "and most companies had this as part of their deal." Previous committees had received their rings free of charge, Flores added.

While the Class of 1987 Ring Committee members will not get either a free ring or a discount, there has been some confusion over the new women's cocktail-dinner ring. The company made several cocktail-dinner rings for the women on the committee.

The cocktail-dinner rings "are strictly promotional. Because the concept is new, we wanted women to get used to seeing them," Tai said.

"Originally we were going to surrender them when the rings were ordered," she said. "Although some members have already returned them, we've postponed this until the rings are delivered with the hopes of still getting more orders."