Oct 182004
 
Authors: Erin Tracy

Dollars, shillings, dough and greens are all words for what

every student wants: cash.

However, having enough money can be a problem for many college

students.

John Parry, director of the University Bookstore in the Lory

Student Center, said the bookstore is working on many different

ways to save students money. He added, however, that the bookstore

needs the help of students and professors in order to give students

the most money possible.

If professors turn in their book reservations for next semester

to the bookstore as soon as possible, students and the bookstore

can save money, Parry said.

“We were just under 50 percent last year for (textbook

reservation by professors),” Parry said.

By doing this, books that can be used at CSU next semester will

be bought back by the bookstore for 50 percent or less of the new

book price.

The Associated Students of CSU helped remind professors about

the importance of inexpensive books by having a “Walk for Cheaper

Books” in early October.

Courtney Cage, director of academics for ASCSU, said the “Walk

for Cheaper Books” was a way to remind professors of the Oct. 15

textbook reservation deadline and to remind them that students can

sell their books back for more money the earlier the textbook

reservation is made.

The “Walk for Cheaper Books” sent Cage and other ASCSU members

into the many buildings on campus. They distributed memos to

faculty members and put announcements throughout the buildings on

campus.

“Students could save $461,000 (as a whole) if all professors

would turn in their reservations,” Cage said.

Although not every professor was able to turn in their

reservation form, Cage said the efforts were worth the time spent

on the “Walk for Cheaper Books.”

“I think it was pretty successful,” Cage said. “I heard that we

got more book orders in than in the past.”

She said although some professors missed the deadline, it was

not always their fault.

Department heads sometimes do not assign classes to professors

until after Thanksgiving, which causes the professors to turn in

book orders late.

“If we can encourage department heads to assign classes earlier,

we could possibly get more reservations in on time,” Cage said.

The University Bookstore is completely nonprofit, which means

any monetary return goes directly back to the student center for

student activities and renovations.

Margaret Gearhart, assistant director of the bookstore, attended

an ASCSU meeting and encouraged the students to remind their

professors to turn in their book orders.

“The single most important criteria that determines how much

money a student gets at buyback is if we have a book order that

says the book will be used on campus next semester,” Gearhart said.

“I don’t care if it comes in on a cocktail napkin; we’ll take

it.”

Although the deadline has passed, Cage said she encourages

professors to continue turning in their book orders as soon as

possible.

“The faster we know what books we need and when will result in

more money that we save,” Cage said.

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