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|Volume 68, Issue 1, Monday,
August 26, 2002
UH has mixed feelings on new Cougar 1Cards
By Valarie Torres
A pilot program starting this semester will allow members of the UH
community to use their Cougar 1Cards as debit cards. Those
The new 1Card can still be used for the same things it has always been
used for — the library, meal plan, entry to the residence
Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar
A student gets his picture taken in the Cougar 1Card office earlier this month. A new pilot program will allow UH students, faculty and staff to use their cards as debit cards.
By activating the new Cougar 1Card current students, faculty and staff should be receiving in the mail, the old one will be
deactivated,but since the program is still in its pilot stage; it is an option, not a requirement.
Helen Stout, the associate vice president for administration, who is
overseeing the new features, said she thinks the 1Card will
"The 1Card offers more services than your regular debit card, especially
with all the University options, and there are no monthly
She also advocates the 1Card's option that allows other people (such
as family or friends) to deposit money into an account
"A lot of parents have come to me and said this sounds like a good idea.
Parents like to be able to send money to their children
Jackie Mitchell, the Cougar 1Card manager, is also optimistic about the new card and its popularity.
She said she expects to hear from a lot of students at the Cougar 1Card
office in the University Center once the semester
"We're ready for the lines," she said.
Some students and faculty are not so optimistic. Ramon Saavedra, a senior
history major, doesn't think the card will be of much
"I already have a debit/credit card and a bank account; why do I need another one? I don't think I will use it," Saavedra said.
Leticia Gallegos, a junior business major, agrees: "I wouldn't use it
because there are times when I have to take out large amounts
Staff members also have their doubts about the card.
Tom Rodriguez, customer service representative for the Office of Scholarships
and Financial Aid, has already activated his card,
Stout said she isn't sure what will happen if there isn't much demand
for the 1Cards' debit and banking features, but said other
Students and faculty who choose to take advantage of the program have
to set up an account online, through
All banking is done online through the Web site.
The MasterCard logo on the new card gives students and faculty the opportunity
to use their cards at restaurants, clubs, ATMs
All debit cards require money to be in the account, so the account has
to be set up first online.
To contact the
To contact other members