Sellers without permit solicit campus residents

Lucy Hough

Two men were asked to leave residence halls and on-campus apartments two weeks ago for asking students to buy magazines subscriptions, an act that is prohibited by the University Ordinances.

“Nobody should be going door to door in the residence halls selling anything,” said Chris Greer, Dean of Students. “It’s illegal to do that.”

The University Ordinances state that written permission by the Dean of Students office can be granted to someone who wishes to sell things in the residence halls, however such permission was not granted to these men.

There were a number of students who called Public Safety about the men, and officers were sent out on more than one occasion to look for them. An investigator reached them on Sept. 15 in Lot 16 and told them to leave the premises for being in violation of university policy, according to Captain Jeff Mincheff.

He said, however, that they had no reason to believe that the men were not legitimate in their sales.

“They were on campus without permission, and that’s what we were following up on,” Mincheff said. “We have no reason to believe they were not valid.”

The following day, Jessica Powell, a junior elementary education major, was approached by the men at her Center Street apartment building. She and her roommate both bought a subscription. After she made the purchase, she heard rumors questioning the validity of these men. Kristy Brzezinski, Resident Director in Hunt Hall, along with many of her friends were also unsure and suggested that she rethink the purchase.

Powell decided to cancel her credit card because there was not a contact number on the order form. The men also did not act professional and were very “flirty,” she said.

“I wish I would have completely listened to the voice in my head when they were being ridiculous, but I just tuned it out,” Powell said.

Powell and her roommate purchased a magazine subscription because she said they were sympathetic to the men who were trying to earn money for college. The men also said that if they sold a certain amount of subscriptions, they would earn a free trip to Europe, which Powell said motivated her to make the purchase.

“I felt like they were really playing on college kids who know how expensive school is and know how expensive a trip to Europe would be and want to help out college students,” Powell said. “So that was really disappointing.”