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Thursday, September 16, 1993
by Eileen Logan
After several changes in
location, the Behrend Library has
finally rested in the Academic
Elizabeth Smith, director of the
new Behrend Library, is excited
about the change.
"Fantastic," Smith said. "I am
very happy that students will
have seating and elbow room to
Smith said that she and her
staff are very excited about the
challenges facing them in a larger
facility. Different procedures
have to be used now that the
library is four times larger than
before, Smith said.
By the end of the week, tables
will be in place to go with the
chairs already in the library.
Under New Management
Craig BrownlCoMegian Photographer
So that's where Jimmy Hotta 15...: Not! Helen Crayton, bookstore manager, aids a
salesman in the bookstore. The bookstore was recently purchased by Barnes & Noble.
by Rob Moffett
One of the many changes that
have taken place on campus in
the past few months is the
transfer of the management of our
Penn State no longer oversees
the operation of the bookstore.
That task has been adopted by
Barnes and Noble who has added
the stores on all Penn State
campuses to its 250 locations.
Library Finally a Reality
Downstairs there are 15 personal
study rooms, a printing room,
dark room, and a television
There are six permanent staff
and 12 work study employees
working at the library.
Many teachers have been
moved to Academic Building
As for the new classrooms, Pat
Minnaugh, a sophmore, said the
classrooms seem adequate, but
"the rooms on the south side are
cramped and don't have any
Minnaugh said he would like
to see chairs or something in the
hallway, "to make it seem less
Dr. Chris Reber, Director of
Student Affairs, said the
Academic Building is a wonderful
and drastically needed building.
Penn State still owns the site,
but has no direct operational
Helen Crayton, the new
manager of Behrend's bookstore
says that Barnes and Noble's
buying power will help bring
more items into the store and
will give them more freedom to
offer sales and special
"There haven't been any big
changes," Crayton said. "I'm
"Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore." And at first glance, you iht not even
think you are at Behrend.: Behrend students traverse the hallway of the new Academic
Complex. Makes you wonder what Mary Behrend would think.
Reber said the space where the Building will be renovated for
old library was will serve many some offices upstairs, while
"The freed space in the Reed
sure some people don't even
realize that we have taken over."
Some minor policy changes
have occurred. One change for
the better is the book buy-back
procedure, Crayton said. Barnes
and Noble will buy textbooks
from students at any time during
the year. They will pay 50% of
the listed price for a book that
will be used again in the
The bookstore will also take
downstairs will be a student
lounge and a performance stage,"
returns, offering cash with a
receipt or giving you an in-store
credit without a receipt.
Students can also charge
books against any credit they
may have in their student
account, and may use Visa,
Master Card, American Exprm,
or Discover credit cards.
Another change is the absence
of a work-study program.
Students may still work in the
store, but their employment will
be handled as any other pan-time
Some of the changes in
product lines may be welcomed
by many students, according to
Crayton. Barnes and Noble plan
to acquire more items promoting
Behrend College rather then just
The bookstore now carries
more best-selling books and
computer software programs, and
can fulfill most special orders of
books not found in the store.
There are plans to designate
part of the store for Greek items.
All of the fraternities and
sororities will be represented and
special items will be available
on-order through the bookstore.
A snack-food area has been
added which Crayton says was a
touchy subject. She stated that
trying to diversify the inventory
without infringing on the RUB
Desk or Wintergreen Cafe is
difficult. "Some days I walk a
Crayton said another
advantage of Barnes and Noble's
size and buying power is their
ability to offer special
promotions. Currently there is a
said there will
be an elevator
contest sponsored by Eastpak.
The grand prize is a trip for two
anywhere in the continental
United States. Also, one entry at
each Barnes and Noble location
will be awarded an Eastpak
There is also a $l5OO
scholarship to be won from
Fujifilm and a $lOOO prize from
GEAR for designing a sweatshirt.
Crayton said changes will take
place gradually as the new
management gets to know the
students and their. needs more
Crayton spent the past seven
years managing the bookstore at
Penn State's Fayette campus and
three years prior to that at the