The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 8, 1971 · Page 53
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 53

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Friday, October 8, 1971
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Hutchlnson Newi Friday, Oct. 8, 1971 Page SA The Game of Politics By STEVE WHITLOCK McPherson High School Usually played with three to four players, but larger games have been instigated at higher levels. PLAYING PIECES - Hat for throwing into ring, personality, speech writer, P.R. (Public Relations) man, theme song (suggestions — "Happy Days Are Here Again," "Dixie," etc., dictated by locality of campaigning), and plenty of green votes (money). RULES - Each player gets equal number of turns and equal tune on media. Incumbent has 10 points advantage and knows rules and methods from previous experience. No player may throw mud until after the primaries without losing points. Points made by rolling dice on each speech square. Players ttiove according to popularity dice, one with only a one or two on it. Total points are added on "Primary" space and winner in each division continues on. Remainder of rules follow same pattern of Ail-Star Wrestling. Start All players throw hat into ring. Especially in Democratic party, sale of fedoras rises drastically. All players draw party cards. Contains cards for Republican, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, right wingers, left wingers and radicals. Each player draws one campaign card. Each card contains one issue for each to use during campaign. Issues range from pollution to economy. Those unfortunate enough to draw war cards would do best to drop out of race. Start criticizing officials in office. Say nothing constructive, get publicity. JOHN LINDSAY SPACE — Whoever lands on this space picks up the entire stack of party cards. FIRST SPEECH — Give fantastic generalities about ideas and issues. If make the audience happy, add five points. If get standing ovation, add ten points. If thrown out of auditorium, go back two spaces. Throw first party of campaign. Get. important people who are able to throw large sums of money away zonked out of their pipes. Get their support with wild promises, fondly called the ol'. shaft. Have a key person publicly give you their support. Well loved senior office holders are quite good but when not available, a well known television personality will do. Roll dice to find how much money received from campaign at this point. Use money dice with $1 to $50,000, Inclusive, on it. SECOND SPEECH GIVEN Choose large group of people, such as college campus, Atlantic City convention, Betty Crocker Bake Off, or some other worthy organization. FREE SPACE-Rest at places such as San Clemente and occasionally Washington, D.C. Incumbents draw incumbent cards. These contain little filth- ies about other players for use later in the mud slinging portion of the game. First debate of campaign. Best time is on Meet the Press or some other Sunday morning television program. With most of the voters at church, greater portion of public will KEEPF ALIVE not see what a terrible debater the candidate is. THIRD SPEECH - Advisable to speak to either big business men or labor groups. If year of national presidential election, it's convention time. Important to attend for publicity. If media is involved and violence is present, deduct five points. For those presidential candidates, choose a slightly uninformed, unknown running mate and keep him hidden until after the election. SECOND PARTY-Eve of the primary. Little further can be don© about primary, so go to some secluded little place nobody goes and get corked out of mind. PRIMARY - All candidates not passing primary are out of the race unless go to independent ticket, in which case public concludes that the candidate is' a poor loser. First part of final run of campaign. After primary, repeat procedure hi space six. All money and campaigning utilized at this point. Buy space, ads, television, go out and meet the voters face to face. BABY SPACE - Kiss baby and accidentally give it mononucleosis. Drop out of race. GALLUP POLL - Role dice twice and multiply by 10; 100; 1,000; or 10,000 depending on scale of election and own personal ego. ANOTHER PARTY Incumbents begin to sling mud previously accumulated from incumbent cards. Both sides of the bird: Right Wing Give speeches on quality of youth. Know terms such as commie, leftist, radical and phrases like, "Love it or leave it," "My country, right or wrong." Be able to please everyone all of the time. - . Left Wing Ask for radical change, criticize" administration, use terms like right on, out of sight, oh wow, beautiful and spaced out on special occasions. Get 25- year-old vote. Be cool and in the groove. LAST WEEK — Campaigning, telephone the public, television -time, radio and news media. Do something important, get name In paper. Have wreck with secretary. Not correct way to get pub* Hcity. Lose all points for four years. Party Party Party Election Night Party ELECTION — Take opposite of Gallup poll and multiply by number of television appearances in last. week. If necessary, utilize scare tactics at polls. Suggestion, contact Italian firm if available, ask for Big Tony, pres. OUTCOME If looks bad, take remaining funds and split country. If win, take remaining funds and move into new office, executive mansion or proper locality according to position acquired. First action, outlaw impeachment and then go to town. Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Copyright 1776, 1780, 1784 ... 1968, 1972, 1976- by U.S. Government, Inc. If You Don't Know About OEA, Askl r By BETH BETHER Hutchinson High School Do you really know what a vocational club is? Do you know what its functions are other than job training? Have you ever heard of OEA? The letters OEA stand for Office Education Association. It is a state and national high school vocational organization whose members are given on- the-job clerical training in local business offices; but, it also has many other important functions. In the past few years, Hutchinson has acquired a chapter of this organization under the direction and leadership of Mrs. Charlene Lind, the group coordinator. Both Mrs. Lind and past members of the local chapter have done a remarkable job in "selling" the program in the Hutchinson community. Support of the program by businessmen has been sensational. However, public support as a whole could be better. In the past few weeks, it has been discovered that the majority of the public is either totally unaware that there is such a program or they are ignorant to its purpose. Members are selected in the spring at Hutch High for their initiative and performance in the preparatory office education classes. The organization is set up so that members may. joe excused from school at 12:30 p.m. to go to work at their training station. On-the-job training consists of many different types of duties. One girl is a key-puncher while others may be file clerks or teletypists. Still others are employed as the average office worker whose job may be to answer the telephone, to type letters and other office forms, to take dictation, to handle incoming mail, and to act as a receptionist. Main Objective In class preparation includes building typing skills, building skill on ten-key adding machines, learning parliamentary procedure, working with the teletrainer, working with various other office machines and working on self-improvement. The main objective of the program is for each memjber to become a qualified secretary by the end of the school year so that it would be possible for a student to hold a job in the clerical field without further education. While skill development is of prime importance, there are many other important aspects to the program. There are other things such as gaining leadership ability, engaging in team projects, practicing good sportsmanship, participating in competition waging campaigns, meeting people, and going to contest, participating in money-making projects and work details, and planning and attending group social events which are also important in making the program what it is. While the organization does call for much work on the part of its members and coordinator it is also fun and exciting. However, it could not exist without public support. In the past, it has been an organization which the Hutchinson community has been proud of. The future of the organization depends on you, the public. Public Support First, in order to have a good group, there must be enough students who are truly interested in becoming a part of this organization. Of course, the present OE members must do this task by selling the program to the preparatory office education and typing students at HHS. Still, it will require public support to keep the program at its present standards. The next time an OE member comes to your door please don't show your ignorance by saying "What organization? I'm sorry I have never heard of it," and rudely slamming the door. If you don't know what OE is or if you would like to know more about it, ask an OE person — they will be glad to talk with you. Association members can often be seen wearing gold dresses and green blazers with th« OEA emiblem ,on the pocket. .

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