On-Campus Shopping Is a Time Saver

Posted: December 17, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sabrina Tillman

For those who do not have the time or patience to weave through malls to complete their holiday shopping, George Mason offers numerous options for finding the perfect gift for all ages and interests.

The University Bookstore houses a variety of gifts, such as calendars, posters, books, outerwear, book bags, and picture frames. In addition to a slew of school and art supplies, the bookstore carries some computer software programs, CD holders, holiday cards and giftwrap, and even curling irons. Faculty and staff members receive 10 percent off their purchases when they present their GMU IDs to the cashier. If the bookstore’s selection of software does not prove sufficient, Patriot Computers stocks a wide variety of hardware, software, decorated mouse pads, and diskettes. Gift certificates are also available.

If a loved one is interested in the performing arts, both the Patriot Center and the Center for the Arts (CFA) offer a plethora of exciting shows, from rock concerts to ballets to jazz concerts. Spring event schedules may be viewed on the CFA or Patriot Center websites. To purchase tickets, call the Patriot Center Box Office at x33000, the CFA Box Office at x38888, or ProTix at 218-6500. The Patriot Center Box Office also houses a Ticket Master outlet, which offers tickets for performances held at many area arenas.

Still uncertain about what to give that hard-to-shop-for person? Give the gift that everyone loves–food! Crossroads Restaurant grills up a juicy Angus strip steak and serves a flavorful sundried tomato and basil ravioli in a beautifully decorated, friendly atmosphere. The restaurant also sells gift certificates. And what better way to help loved ones stay true to their New Year’s fitness resolutions than giving them 10 visits to the Aquatic and Fitness Center? For only $30 with a valid GMU ID card, you can give them access to two swimming pools, and weight lifting and aerobic machines that can whittle away at waistlines.

A U.S. Series EE Savings Bond purchased at United Bank makes a sensible gift for all ages. These bonds can be issued in any denomination from $50 to $10,000. The actual cost of the bond is half of its face value, so a savings bond can be purchased for as little as $25. Trips to exotic locales for the purpose of studying language and culture may be the right gift for the adventure-seeker. Call the Center for Global Education at x32154 for information about study-abroad trips sponsored by George Mason.

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