Tech Articles Slight GSC Efforts
Once again, The Tech has done a disservice to the Graduate Student Council. The article "Licensing Fee Would Increase Ring Prices" [March 5] fails to give credit where it is due, and contains a number of misleading statements.
The GSC pushed the licensing office to postpone the fee; the article states merely that "Technology Licensing Office has agreed to postpone the fee." Not only did we secure a postponement for the graduate rings, but the TLO seems to have exempted the Class of '98 rings, as well. (The '97 rings were exempted per Jostens' request, since the bid was made last year.)
In addition, the GSC ring committee negotiated the discount on graduate student rings last year. The article gives the impression that Robert Quinn started this program recently. The discount did improve sales by 50 percent, and thus the program was continued this year.
Also, while most undergraduate rings are sold during ring days, some are also sold later through the MIT Coop, but these are still at the same low price. In addition, there have been graduate ring days. The elimination of the "middleman," as Quinn put it, seems hardly relevant. The GSC ring committee will be in contact with Jostens to verify the $5,000 to $8,000 estimate for publicity.
One last inaccuracy was a surprise to us, as well, but The Tech's research for this article should have turned up this information. Balfour, which won the bid for the undergraduate ring, also makes a graduate ring. They only sell directly to students (not through the Coop); we have not seen any advertising; they are in direct competition with Jostens; and yet the prices are very similar to those charged by Jostens.
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