Students may soon be able to shop in the bookstore on weekends.
Student Body President Jordan Ticaric said she has been pushing for an increase in the bookstore hours.
Ticaric said she began to push the change after going to a conference in California.
“The bookstore there was open every weekend, all day Saturday and for a few hours on Sunday,” she said. “I would like to take the proactive approach and set up store hours that are convenient for students. The only problem is the cost of being open for extended periods of time. But, even if the store loses money, I will push to keep the new hours for as long as I can.”
Ticaric said she has been pushing this change for close to a year, but it is only recently that Student Senate has begun to discuss the issue.
Vice-President of Business Affairs Gary Anna said he has also been advocating the issue.
“The Senate is currently assessing the cost and whether it is worthwhile to change the bookstore hours,” he said. “We want to do whatever possible to accommodate for student needs, but first we must look back at the past years and the cost of keeping the store open.”
Anna also said although keeping the bookstore open during weekends is the ideal solution, other alternatives must be considered.
Freshman civil engineering major Eric White said changing bookstore hours would be beneficial.
“Only good can come from the bookstore changing hours,” he said.
Freshman undecided engineering major Timothy Witthoft said he agrees.
“It’s awesome that the bookstore might be open over the weekends,” he said. “There have been many times that I’ve needed something from there, but it has been closed. This is perfect for all the students who use the bookstore.”
Bookstore manager Paul Kroenke said he hopes a decision about bookstore hours will be reached soon.
“As of right now, no final decision has been made, but the Student Senate is deliberating the issue,” he said.
Sophomore education major Amie Betzwiser said “having the bookstore available to students on weekends means convenience.”