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01.27.11

The Nicholls Worth

Bookstore and students find solutions to high prices

By Katie O’Hara Staff Writer

“The one book that I needed for English, the bookstore was out of,” Tammy Lopinto, psychol- ogy sophomore from LaPlace, said. This is a common complaint among many of Nicholls’ stu- dents as they begin each semes- ter. Most students, like Lopinto, use other sources to buy their books, such as Amazon.com. Because of the price difference,

most students do not even look in the bookstore. Samuel Benoit, biology sopho- more from Franklin, said that he does not use the bookstore “ex- cept to get the ISBN number.” Angelle Caillouet, bookstore manager, said that the book- store receives the books marked with their contract prices, which makes them more expensive “We are a brick and mortar company,” Caillouet said, “and there are other expenses factored in with the prices.”

there are other expenses factored in with the prices.” photo by Tressa Lafont Cassi Coleman, freshman

photo by Tressa Lafont

Cassi Coleman, freshman from Morgan City, and Mallory Theriot, dietetics senior from Metairie, wait in line at the Bookstore on Monday.

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photo by Tressa Lafont

Kalon Johnson, computer information systems junior from Thibodaux, helps Kyle Hebert, freshman from Raceland, find a textbook on Monday at the Bookstore.

The bookstore’s expenses in- clude the cost of the building and operating it. In response to the complaints,

the bookstore began renting books to students in fall 2010. However, only 33 percent of their stock is available for rent. The

initial wave of students that rent- ed textbooks in the fall dropped

see TEXTBOOKS page 6

is available for rent. The initial wave of students that rent- ed textbooks in the fall