Adam Baker, a sophomore broadcast news major from Lewisport and news editor of The Eastern Progress, has received a Kentucky Colonel commission for his continuing coverage of credit card legislation designed to protect students from debt. Baker was nominated for the honor by Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, because of his efforts to cover the legislative process.
The University negotiated a contract last year with MBNA America Bank that severely restricts credit card solicitation. On-campus solicitation, which must be arranged with prior approval of the University, is now limited to approved athletic events and six visits (three days each time) per calendar year in the Powell basement or outside on the Powell concourse.
No student names, addresses or telephone numbers are supplied through the University, and card issued to students are limited to an initial $1,000 credit line. The agreement also stipulates that any giveaways must have prior approval of the University. Similarly restrictive legislation was considered this past session by the Kentucky General Assembly. Two separate bills were sponsored, one by Westrom and another by Rep. Jody Richards, Speaker of the House of Representatives.