by Aaron Rhodes
The first week of the semester typically brings heavier foot traffic to the college bookstore, with students in search of required textbooks, class materials, and new tech items. While it is busier than usual, lines and wait times may have actually decreased over the years.
According to Bookstore manager, Jennifer Keffer, the rush has changed recently.
“It’s not what people think of it. It’s not long lines like you used to see where it would go down the hall and outside and around the building. Rush has taken on a different type of persona. You see people coming in and they’ll actually be here for a short period of time, but it usually wavers about 20 minutes or so, and then we’ll have a lull and then we’ll see people come back in again and we’ll have another 20-minute spurt.”
Students may notice that books ordered online must be shipped now, rather than picked up at the bookstore this semester. Keffer said that too many people were coming in directly after ordering and expecting their books ready.
“We just didn’t have the labor pool to keep up with the amount of orders that were coming in and the people coming in to pick them up right away. It does say on our website that it takes 24–48 hours to process orders but sometimes that gets missed. So it was just a business decision we had to make.”
However, some students were unaffected by this change.
“I like coming myself and getting them in person,” says Gabriel Garcia, student. “It’s a lot easier for me, so I can make sure I got everything.”
Ashawnte Thompson, technology floor lead at the Bookstore, advised that if students haven’t gotten books and supplies now, they may be in for a wait.
“Once classes start, that’s when the scramble begins and everyone comes in and is trying to accomplish the same thing at the same time.”
Whether you’ll be waking up at 7 a.m. this week to get your supplies, or stopping in after your first week of classes, the staff at the Bookstore is prepared and ready to help. For more information and for hours, visit the Bookstore’s website.
Video by JCAV-TV: Heather Foley, Executive Producer; Anthony Graham, Camera & Editor; Caleb Wayne, Graphics.