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Press Clipping: Eckerd College Organization of Students brings student discount cards to campus
This article from The Online Current newspaper at Eckerd College mentions the American Student Government Association.

Eckered College Organization of Students brings student discount cards to campus

Posted by Hailey Escobar, Web Editor on Jan 30, 2013.

The Eckerd College Organization of students (ECOS) is now offering a new way for students to save money at local restaurants this year with the ECOS Discount Cards.

These cards are a way for ECOS to give back to the Eckerd students in a way that’s never been done before.

While many at ECOS had a hand in the creation of the product, Chief of Staff Langdon Perry Evans spearheaded the project. “We had sort of flirted with the idea for a while, but never had a real good direction or someone saying this is a good idea,” he explained.

The project began taking shape earlier this school year when ECOS attended the American Student Government Association (ASGA) Conference in Boston.

Evans explained how one of the improvements that was mentioned at the conference was a discount card.  “A small change on campus or something that could really impact your students,” he recalled the cards being called.

After returning from the conference, Evans, with ECOS, began to work on getting local businesses interested in giving discounts to Eckerd students, but without much luck. Then they sought out the help of collegediscountcards.com.

The Internet-based company is endorsed by the ASGA.

With the help of collegediscountcards.com, ECOS was able to narrow down their list 70 local businesses to the 21 that enrolled in the program. These businesses were selected because of to their popularity with students.

Many are local businesses that ECOS felt would benefit greatly from the support of the Eckerd community.  Each card costs ECOS about $2.50 per student to make, and enough were ordered for each enrolled student to have one.

“ECOS decided to go forward with the implementation of the Student Discount Cards because we felt they would enable Eckerd students to save money while also supporting our local community and businesses,” said ECOS President Rhemy Brezin when asked about the student discount program. “We look forward to hearing students’ opinions about the effectiveness of this new program.”

According to Evans, “Their cards are good for one year.” The discounts will be honored until the end of 2013, at which point ECOS will evaluate the popularity of the program.

If ECOS decides to continue with the use of discount cards, the process will be easy. Collegediscountcards will retain a record of Eckerd’s design and can even replace infrequently visited businesses with new options for students.

Despite the slow reception due to the decrease of student activity on campus for winter term, there has still been an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the new discount cards, which feature the logos of participating businesses printed on the back.

“[Students] will look at it for a while when they first get it and point out what they like a lot themselves and it’s usually a range of them,” Evans describes.

“I really like Waffle House, IHOP and Burrito Boarder,” Sophomore Trish Smithwick explained as she talked about her personal favorites on the card.

Other businesses include The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant, Hooker Tea Company, Tijuana Flats, Skyway Jacks and The Brass Monkey.
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