Bookstores Ready for Busiest Days

Posted: August 25, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Next week is probably not the best time to buy your Mason coffee mug or browse greeting cards at one of the campus bookstores. Based on last fall’s figures, the bookstore staff will check out more than 22,000 customers who will be buying more than 56,000 items during the week.

Jack Smith, bookstore manager
Jack Smith, general manager of the

bookstores, is ready for the fall rush.
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According to Bookstore General Manager Jack Smith, the Tuesday after classes start typically has the heaviest traffic. Even though the staff has filled hundreds of online textbook orders since July 1, a big in-person crowd is expected. Nearly 1,000 students will be picking up books they’ve reserved in advance. The bookstores have supplemented the regular staff with 50 part-timers to handle the rush.

As you would imagine, textbooks are the biggest sellers during this time, but students also pick up Mason merchandise and other sundries. Smith reports the fashionable Mason student favors the Champion hooded sweatshirt or the rolled T-shirt.

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