At any rate, I don't think the CoS is after college students, who are notoriously broke. Let me put it this way-I have multiple ramen recipes!
Actually, the Co$ got very interested in me as a college student when they learned I had some student loan and grant money coming in!
In the early 'eighties, I took a couple of introductory classes during summer break at the urging of some friends who got into the cult. When I mentioned I would not be doing more because school was starting, and my financial aid was coming in, they pointed out that I was probably getting about enough to take the New Era Dianetic$ auditing course. I explained that I really wanted to take some of my college courses, like physics and philosophy, and the registrar exclaimed, "Who do you think you are? L. Ron Hubbard?"
I explained that I certainly did not
think I was Hubbard, so I was going to live my life, not his, and to stick their e-meter where the sun doesn't shine.
Great piece marlysfan,
Now expect every printed copy of the paper to have been stolen by morning. If you have a few friends with late classes tomorrow see if you can get them to watch the paper racks (at a distance) and see if anyone becomes interested in a large collection of that at once.
I worked with a graphic artist whose clips included a free weekly newspaper established in a California college town -- I think it was Chico or Davis -- before free weeklies were all the rage. One of their first issues was about $cientology, and the racks were quickly cleaned out. There were reports that the same people were taking whole stacks of newspapers at the same time -- imagine that!
The publisher baited a trap by re-filling the racks and taking pictures of the people who grabbed the papers. Sure enough, the same people were driving around town, cleaning out the paper racks. Would you believe those same people and cars were spotted at the local church of $cientology?
The next week, there was a story about how $cientologists really were different from everybody else, due to their needs for multiple copies of newspapers. They re-printed the $cientology story as an insert and, instead of saying "FREE" on the front page, the paper now said "First copy FREE -- each additional copy $25" and directed readers to a coupon inside the front page to send in with their payment.