Unity or Bust
The end-of-the-year editorial is the hardest to write. Do we go
out on a positive note or a negative
one? Do we sign off on an insightful, breezy inflection, or a curse
and a careless shrug? This
year has been one of the toughest for the newspaper. Student
involvement dwindled, but never
completely ceased. We’ve seen this lack of involvement at a number
of clubs on campus. At The
Echo, we would like to stress that all clubs have one common goal:
to be an active and successful
part of this university.
In order to be most effective, all clubs must communicate with one
another. Political views,
seemingly impenetrable social cliques and other petty areas of
conflicts must be brushed aside so
every group and individual can focus on the universal goal of a
bonded campus. Groups at West-
Conn are fragmented. The Echo is not exempt from this critique; we
fully acknowledge our faults.
Often times we become too wrapped up in our own goal—to produce a
paper each week—and
we forget to reach out to other groups. As the university’s paper,
perhaps we should do this more
often. In turn, others may have viewed The Echo as unapproachable or
forbearing. The best way
to reach us is as always: send us an email and knock on our door. If
we’re not there, leave a note.
(The answering machine at the Editor’s desk has been full for five
WestConn has enough involved students, but for whatever reason the
lines of communication
are misaligned. No group at WestConn functions, specifically, to
hurt the university—we have
never seen a case for that, nor can we logically think of the
existence for one outside of the ‘just
because’ realm. We need to stop viewing each other as potential
competitors and antithetical belief
systems. We need to acknowledge each other, accept our differences,
and all work to a common
goal of making this university better. By making this campus better,
we could increase the
prestige of the university and therefore make our degrees more
valuable. And who doesn’t want
that in today’s job market?
Here’s hoping for the best.
Return Policy and other Questions about the Bookstore Answered
An Interview with Bookstore Manager Holly Beckley
The Echo: What is buyback, when is the best time to sell back your
books and how do you determine the amount given to the students?
Holly Beckley: Buyback is when the bookstore will purchase
textbooks back from you. You will need to bring a valid school ID to
sell back your textbooks. The bookstore will buyback books no matter
where you purchased the book but needs to be in re-saleable
condition. We conduct buyback
year round but the best times to sell your textbooks back are during
finals week in the months of May and December.
The bookstore will pay 50 percent of the purchase price on books
that we have a book order for from the professor for the following
term. We will purchase the quantity that we feel we can sell the
term. If we do not have an order from your professor we will pay you
the amount our wholesaler is paying us for the books. The prices
from the wholesaler are based on the national demand for the book.
The higher the demand for the book the more they will pay you for
The bookstore team works closely with faculty, departments
and administrators to obtain as many book orders for the following
semester. This allows us to pay students more money for their
textbooks. For the spring semester we offered a “Textbook
Scholarship” to every department that turned in their book orders by
our due date. We had five departments that met the due dates for
book orders and five students were awarded free textbooks to use
during the spring semester. We will continue to offer this incentive
to obtain book orders and reward the students.
In December we were able to give WestConn students back $200,000 in
Echo: What are the advantages
of online ordering your books, and how do you order online?
Beckley: All you need to order
textbooks online is to have your schedule ready and go to our
website at wcsu.bncollege.
com. Choose from our easy drop down menu to pick your classes. The
bookstore will pull and process your order
within 48 hours. We will send you an email notification when your
books are ready to be picked up. You can pick up your online order
in the store, the Westside campus bookstore
or we will gladly ship them to your address. You will need your
student ID to pick up your order. Avoid waiting in line and place
your order through the bookstores website!
Echo: What is the return policy and what is the reason behind it?
Beckley: We have a unique business where we order textbooks
and whatever we do not sell we are able to return to the publishers.
Although we can return them, our publishers
hold us to very strict guide lines and time constraints. Due to the
constraints of the publishers we must start to get ready to return
the textbooks shortly after
the start of classes.
[Some rules to remember]:
A full refund
will be given in your original
form of payment if textbooks
are returned with a receipt
the first week of class.With proof of a schedule change and a
receipt, a full refund will be given in your original form of
payment during the first 30 days of classes.All medical and
specialty reference book refunds will be given in your original form
of payment with a receipt within three days of purchase
No refunds on textbooks without
Textbooks must be in original condition.
Shipping and handling charges are not refundable.
All Other Merchandise
A full refund will be given in your original form of payment with a
Without a receipt, a merchandise
credit will be issued at the current selling price.
Cash back on merchandise credits or gift cards will not exceed $5.
No refunds on gift cards, prepaid
phone cards, or magazines.
All merchandise must be in original condition.
Echo: Why can’t we pay with our parents’ credit cards?
Beckley: For security and compliance reasons we prefer
that students utilize other methods to make purchases in the
bookstore. The bookstore
accepts the WestConnect school debit card for all purchases.
Your parents can add funds to your card to be used in the bookstore.
Students and Parents can always place an order online using a credit
card for textbook and school spirit merchandise. The bookstore also
accepts Barnes & Noble gift cards for your purchases.
Echo: What should I do if the Bookstore doesn’t have the book I need
and what are special orders?
Beckley: There are two things you can do if the bookstore
is out of stock with a book. The first is to order it online and the
is to place a special order for it. With both of these options you
will save yourself time from having to go to the bookstore to see if
the book came in. We will notify you when it does.
If you choose to place an online order you may go to our website at
com If you place an order
online for a book that is out of stock we will put your order on
backorder until our stock comes in. Once the book comes in, we will
your order and send you an e-mail that it is ready to be picked up.
With this option
you pay for the book when it comes in.
When you place a special order in the store you will fill out the
special order slip that is on the shelf where the book is out of
stock and bring it to a register. You pay for the book at the
register and when the book comes in we will call you to let you know
it is ready to be picked up. When it is ready just come in and we
will already have a copy put aside for you. The best reason to do
either of these options
is you are reserving a copy of the incoming shipment where you are
guaranteed a book from the shipment.
Echo: Why is the pricing of clothing sold at the Bookstore high?
Beckley: The bookstore only purchases product from our pre-approved
vendors. All of our vendors must sign a “Code of Conduct” to ensure
fair trade and labor practices are met. We also work closely with
our vendors to ensure we have the right product assortment,
graphics and colors to meet everyone’s needs. The bookstore offers
additional discounts on Champion and Jansport school spirit
throughout the year. If you would like to receive notice of our sale
events go to our website and register for opt-in emails.
Echo: What does the Bookstore
do for the community?
Beckley: The bookstore does many things to help support the WestConn
community. The bookstore gives back a portion of all sales to the
University. In addition, we support many departments, clubs and
throughout the year through donations. The WestConn
bookstore also offers Club colors for any organization
looking to purchase items to sell as fundraisers or give a ways at
discounted prices. The WestConn bookstore attends many author events
can purchase and in most cases have the guest speaker sign the book
We have many partners to offer students discounts on items including
computers and software. Our partners include
Journey Ed for software and HP for computers. You can log onto
wcsu.bncollege.com for more information, click on the Student Offers
tab at the top of the page. We are always looking for new way to
help our campus and surrounding
SGA: Opinion from the Inside
The Student Government Association (SGA) of WestConn is not
something that very many students keep up to date on. I am here to
give you an opinion of what exactly is going on with the SGA since I
am now a senator and sit in on the meetings. This opinion piece is
not here to attack anyone personally, but rather just try to keep
the SGA from doing unprofessional things.
Last year, the SGA went through their budget for the 2008-2009
fiscal year very quickly. This meant that they had to spend a lot of
money out there personal surplus account. The surplus account has
only about $231,000 left in it and that account is not allowed to
drop below $200,000. This is because the SGA spent all of its
general allocations, which was about $630,000 by November of last
year. The surplus consisted of about $600,000 at the beginning last
year. The SGA blew through a lot of money last year and it is not
going to have anywhere close to the amount of money they spent last
year. It’s not because of the economy or any other fiscal crisis; it
was all spent last year. In the mean time, the SGA of 2008-2009
managed to raise their senate pay to one-sixth of Westconn’s instate
tuition and fees. The justices on the SGA get one twelfth. This is
on top of the fact the SGA president receives free tuition and fees.
Various positions editorial positions, such as the vice president
get half tuition and fees. Would anyone be willing to take a pay
cut? I don’t think I will be taking my pay as a senator; it seems to
me a waste of student money. Last year the SGA managed to buy an HD
television for their office. They also managed to find the money to
buy a nice water cooler for the SGA office. All of this was paid for
with your student activity fee.
The first meeting I attended was Monday night and it was quite an
interesting experience. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of the
minutes in front of me; however, I would like to point out something
that I was disappointed in during my first SGA meeting. I was told
to not wear jeans to the meetings again, which is an acceptable
request. I understand that the SGA wants to keep their meetings
professional but as the night went on I was disappointed in certain
things that were issues far bigger than what the senate was wearing.
One of the first things to occur at the meeting was an appointment
to the open senate seats. There were a lot of eager candidates ready
to join. This was my experience as a new senator: One SGA member was
telling me who to vote for and who not to vote for. I was very
disappointed by this. I was being told how to vote as if I didn’t
have an opinion but rather that I was a body just sitting there to
be a second vote for someone else. This disappointed me greatly and
I viewed it as offensive as this was to be a secret ballot vote.
Some comments made during the meeting were unprofessional and
offensive. When Senator Chris Eide was asked to serve as the
committee chair of the rules committee by another senator he
accepted. Another SGA member commented on this acceptance by
stating: “That’s unfortunate.”
Now here we have a Eide, a senator who is willing to take on what is
a time-consuming job, and I hear a comment like this. It was
uncalled for. A comment like this is what keeps the SGA from being
taken seriously by the students of WestConn. It was probably a good
thing then that no students were there to even hear it in the
gallery. However, I’m sure that most of the new senators (including
myself) who are not used to these childish antics were disappointed.
I should take this time to mention that when I ran for SGA senate I
acted very immature. I am not perfect. I must point out that I was
not an SGA member at the time and like most of WestConn, I saw it as
something that is not to be taken seriously. However, I do believe
during the actual meetings none of this garbage should be going on.
These students are in charge of a lot of money that really doesn’t
belong to them. Many of the issues on the SGA could be solved if
would stop being personally offended when they disagree with each
other. The petty attacks and personal backstabbing need to stop
because they are affecting
the student body. Do not
“What do you think, or what have you heard, about the
budget cuts at WestConn?”
Chung Li, Junior
“I don’t like it and I am sure my parents won’t either.”
Dan Chechoski, Sophomore
“I have heard they [WestConn] accepted more students than
they usually take. They are doing it almost as if to make
Jacob Putkowski, Senior
“Paying more money isn’t very fun.”
Joe Massimo, Junior
“I have been investing a lot of time here and I am going to
continue until graduation, even if tuition goes up. ”