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Page 18 -The Michigan Daily, Thursday, September 10, 1987
Book craze
Area bookstores prepare for rush

By JIM VANA
With the arrival of fall term,
campus area bookstores are gearing
up for the annual book rush with
increased advertising, more employ-
ees, and, of course, more books. The
book rush is marked by students

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stampeding the stores for textbooks,
school supplies, and everything elsei
vital to students during the academic
term.
Although the hectic pace settles
down a few weeks into the term, the
first two weeks at bookstores like
Barnes and Nobles and Ulrich's are
often the scene of long lines,
extended hours, and heavy book
bags.
"The book rush is a mess. I'm
glad when it's over, especially
during the fall, which is more of a
hassle than the winter," said LSA
sophomore Sandy Elliot, a n
employee at Barnes and Nobles.
STUDENTS can expect about
the same course book selection as in
previous semesters although some
changes have occurred. Michigan
Book and Supply, on the corner of

Liberty and Division Streets, has
taken over for the old University
Cellar, which went out of business
earlier this year.
To prepare for its first book rush,
the new store will stay open until 9
p.m. Mondays through Fridays and
will also be open on Saturdays,.
Sundays, and Labor Day. Although
the store is not a non-profit
organization like University Cellar,
it plans to keep prices competitive
with both Ulrich's and Barnes and
Noble.
Jerry Tippie, the manager at the
Michigan Book and Supply, thinks
with increased advertising, students
will visit the store. Tippie said this
will enable the store to compete on
equal terms with Barnes and Noble
and Ulrich's.
Paul Rosser, an employee at
Ulrich's, said management hires an
extra 100 people to handle the rush.
Ulrich's will be open Sunday and
Monday September 6 and 7 between
1 to 5 p.m. and continue its extended
hours through September 17.
R OSSER added that after the
first week, 60 to 70 percent of the
books have been sold. He said the
trend over the last few years has been
for students to buy their books
before classes start because the
longer students wait to buy books,
the longer the lines are.

Barnes and Noble, located in the
basement of the Michigan Union, is
also bracing itself for the early
autumnal onslaught. In addition to
its original store, Barnes and Noble
has taken over the old North
Campus University Cellar. The two
stores will more than double their
staff during the rush, as well as
extend their hours of operation. Both
.Barnes and Nobles stores will be
discounting all new textbooks 5
percent.
The Shaman Drum Bookshop, at
313 S. State, does not carry a full
range of textbooks. Ann Arbor's
only locally owned textbook shop
carries mostly books for seminar
classes in the humanities.
The store will extend its normal
hours to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on
Sunday for the first two weeks of the
term. Karl Pohrt of Shaman Drum
also said the store is planning
"production parties" for writers every
Tuesday and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Border's and State St. Bookshop,
stores that don't carry textbooks, do
carry booksused in many classes,
don't make any special preparations
for the rush. According to a Borders
employee, business does pick up
somewhat, but this is largely due to
fall releases from publishing com-
panies.

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Ulrich's bookstore employees Bill Hoxie, left, and Jose Martinez move a
truckload of books to the store's basement in preparation for the fall book
rush.

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new fee in June, assembly members
concentrated their efforts on finding a
new administrative coordinator -
the only full-time staff position in
the assembly budget. This year's
budget allocated $15,000 for the
position.
ESTHER Armstead, a former

student adviser and secretary for the
Financial Aid Office, took over the
position in July. She has begun
updating the assembly's historical
file - a record of election results
and meetings - and organizing the
office to facilitate activities in the
fall.
"I want to give the office a more
professional atmosphere," Armstead
said. "We need to know where things
are right off the bat."

In addition to streamlining the
MSA office, assembly officials are
hoping to increase communication
with the student body next fall. LSA
junior. Michael Phillips, chair of the
Student Rights Committee, is
compiling the results of a residence
hall survey distributed winter term.A
The survey was developed to
gauge student opinions on campus
issues, which the assembly will use
as a guide in the fall.

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