A large number of Seniors with Columbia game tickets on the 10 yard line are saying today, "Bill Bingham has done it again!" This time they can thank not only the director of the HAA, but also their fellow students--the men who went through the ticket line more than once and those who falsified their academic class standing to get more and better seats.
Bingham's biggest mistake was his blind faith in the integrity of his undergraduate customers. He forgot that the prospect of a 50 yard line seat might wilt the honesty of any football fan.
Deep thinkers have figured out how the confused situation might have been avoided. (1) The HAA might have mailed out application forms to all students last month. This would have allowed Bingham more than the twelve days he says he would need to check each student's class and throw out duplicate applications.
It would also have cost the HAA over $300.
(2) Bingham might have used a check list of all students obtained from University Hall.
But such a check-off procedure would have slowed down the ticket lines (speeded up by the addition of a third window) to last year's all-time low. And last year the HAA was jammed with complaints of the four hour wait necessary to procure tickets.
This dilemma however, is no just example of how the new seating system will work out. For the rest of the season, ticket applications must be plenty in at least 17 days before the game. This will give the HAA plenty of time to examine applications by use of the check-off list.