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Faculty failure affects book buybacks
Students only receive
dimes for their dollars
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the faculty,” Johnson said. “I’ve
been burned too many times.”
If a student tells a bookstore
employee a book will be used
next semester, Johnson said he
would personally call the faculty
member teaching the class and
ask that the book list be turned in
But Schroeder said faculty
members can’t always avoid turn
ing in book lists late.
Courses listed as being taught
by “staff” in the student course
directory may not be assigned to
an instructor until just before
school starts in the spring, she
Johnson said he expected the
majority of the last 25 percent of
book orders to arrive after finals
week and before the first day of
As well as cutting students’
buyback profits, books ordered
just before or after the start of
spring classes cost the book
stores extra money in shipping
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The stores pay two-day
freight charges without charging
students more for the late
ordered books, she said.
Anne Embree, business man
ager of the University Bookstore,
said she helped the store cut its
shipping costs by about $62,000
last year by bargaining for dis
counts with freight companies.
But the costs would drop even
lower without late shipping
Schroeder said, although stu
dents lose money in buybacks
when book lists are late, the
University Bookstore tries to
help students by keeping other
For instance,, bookstore
employees can inform students if
a book they are selling back will
be used in one of their courses
the following semester.
The bookstore continues to
stock slow-selling school sup
plies, including some odd shades
of art pencils, for students who
need them for class, even though
OaIIShh lAAAtfAl# Most undergraduates spend $200 or more would buy all books needed for the next
II III IK II IIIII® Iff buying textbooks each semester. And at semester back at 60 percent of their new
U V11111 IIII V Im the end of the semester, they take them to price. But one-fourth of book lists haven't
m a_ _ the University Bookstore and sell them been turned in yet, and the bookstore will
hAAVO back to the store for cash. If all faculty only buy those unlisted books back at about
ll^fclall IIIIII turned in the book lists for their spring 10 percent. The combined coss to students
mm semester classes on time, the bookstore by late book lists could hit about $433,000.
If faculty members turn in book lists, and
all books are used next semester If faculty members turn in 75 percent of book lists
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the bookstore makes no profit on
The store also sells books at
discounts for book signings and
3ther academic presentations.
It also operates a textbook
reservation program, for which
5,000 students have signed up.
Under the program, a student
signs a form at the bookstore,
then the store gathers all the f
books required by the student’s c
spring courses and boxes them, p
The store checks any changes in p
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electronically through Dec. 27,
and students can pick up their 1
books easily in January. s
But just as the store needs
acuity member book lists to
iffer students the best buyback
•rices, it needs the lists to com
plete textbook reservations,
“It’s so very important for
acuity to get their lists in,” she
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housing low for students who honor
their yearlong housiggoonftacts. •*
For every studeptwha cancels a
contract, the univefsaf^t^teT must
increase room and board, rates to
make up for the lost revenue,
“Why should a person who hon
ors a contract have to pay more than
someone who doesn’t?” he said.
Natalie Vrbka, housing contracts
assistant, said when the university
sets residence hall rates, it assumes
students will occupy a room for a full
But, when a student cancels, the
cost of running the halls is spread
among fewer students, and the uni
versity must take a loss.
This August, housing officials
reported fewer students living in res
idence halls than previous years
because UNL’s total enrollment
As of Nov. 16, 4,190 students
occupied UNL residence halls, she
said. The halls were about 93 percent
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leaving were December graduates,
but others sought to move into apart
ments or greek houses.
Through the higher cancellation
fee, “we were trying to hold those
students in,” she said.
Vrbka said the university will not
know if the higher cancellation fee
kept more students in residence halls
until January. But the fee didn’t take
students by surprise, she said.
Students knew about the new,
higher cancellation fees when they
signed their housing contract, Vrbka
Sauer agreed and said she knew
of the cancellation fee when she
signed the contract. But she main
tains she had no choice but to sign
Zatechka said students enter
yearlong residence hall contracts the
same way someone enters a contract
to lease a new car or a new apartment
or make other major purchases.
“If you cancel a contract that you,
yourself, voluntarily entered into,
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Fashion for funds
Fashion, dancin’ and passion will
offer an chance for fun and culture
tonight, as well as some fund-raising
for the Affikan Peoples Union.
Shades of Fashion will feature
18 University of Nebraska
Lincoln student models flaunting
popular styles in four categories:
formal, business, casual and retro.
For $4, anyone can watch the
fashion show, starting at 8 p.m. in
the Nebraska East Union Ballroom.
After the show, people can dance
until 1 a.m. to cuts by DJ Romeo, the
regular disc jockey at P.O. Pears.
The dance costs an addition $4.
Eddie Brown, an APU member
and event organizer, said the group
wanted to put on a fun fund-raiser
that would attract plenty of people.
“We were trying to think of
something different and unique -
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something everyone could get
involved in,” he said.
The models who were picked,
he said, represent a cross-section
of ethnic backgrounds and ages.
“This is something that can pro
vide unification of the campus.”
Some money raised will pay for
the Big 12 Black Student Government
Conference at UNL in February.
Students can start to celebrate
the holidays tonight with a Czech
style Christmas party.
UNL’s Komensky Club will
have the party, which is open to the
public for free, at the Culture
Center at 7 p.m.
At the party, an expert will
teach Czech folk dance and audi
ence members will be invited to
join the dancers. For more infor
mation, contact Mila Saskova
Pierce at (402) 472-1336.
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