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
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
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
“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
Although the deadline has passed, Cage said she encourages
professors to continue turning in their book orders as soon as
“The faster we know what books we need and when will result in
more money that we save,” Cage said.