Show Us Your Green and Gold: Mason Spirit Items Are Hot

Posted: March 22, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

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Anything with green and gold on it is a hot seller at the bookstore this week.
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It is unusual to find long lines at the University Bookstore outside the first weeks of classes, but now, with the success of the men’s basketball team, the rush is on for Mason gear. People can be found milling around the racks with their arms full of green and gold clothing. On Tuesday, there was even a WTOP reporter questioning folks as they shopped.

“I’ve done nothing but process orders for two days,” says Karen Eiserman, assistant manager of the bookstore, as she pulls together four orders at a time. “Everyone wants the school colors. Green and gold – that’s all they want.”

By mid-day, the bookstore had sold out of the 519 NCAA Sweet Sixteen T-shirts that arrived on Tuesday. Eiserman confirmed that another 600 shirts are expected to arrive on Wednesday, and the bookstore is taking reservations for shirts online. Another item in high demand is the green hooded sweatshirt.

Many Patriot fans were happy to find friends and colleagues traveling to campus. When Steve Snyder of the Fairfax County Office for Children arrived on campus Tuesday for the Job Fair, he never expected he would be in such demand. As he was setting up for the fair, he kept getting calls from people back in his office. “They kept telling me they had an emergency,” he says. “They’re having parties on Friday for the game and need T-shirts. I have to stop by the bookstore on my way out of here and buy whatever’s left.”

And of course some of the Patriot garb purchasers do have other motives. “A lot of [the orders] are being shipped to North Carolina,” says Jack Smith, general manager of the bookstore. “Many people have called saying they want to send something to a friend that lives in North Carolina just to rub it in.”

Those who already own Mason garb are faced with a dilemma: wash the Mason sweatshirt you lived in last weekend or not. “Don’t wash it,” advises one bookstore employee. “That would be unlucky.”

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