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Doane's change to a virtual bookstore raises concern

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The current bookstore will become the Service Beaureau, moving the bookstore online.

Faculty and students are unhappy with new bookstore changes moving virtual.  

Accounting Professor Courtney Baillie said the committee who made the decision did not consult faculty and students in the discussion.

Baillie said she didn’t know the campus bookstore was an issue until an email was sent from the Vice President for Student Leadership Carrie Lovelace Petr.

The bookstore affects students the most, said Baillie.

The change raises several questions for Baillie and wished the committee would have asked more faculty and students opinions.

The major concern Baillie had was students receiving books and how refunds would work if a student dropped a class.

“I just don't want students to fall behind if they have a late add,” said Baillie.

Freshman Dalton Specht said he did not like the changes.

“I don’t feel like my computer is reliable enough to order things,” said Specht.

Petr said students cast their vote when they bought their books this year by shopping online.

You have to change with the times, said Petr. Students are spending online, so that is where the business moves too.

Petr said she had received questions from different departments about how the changes would affect certain materials.

Her most prominent concern was the distribution of ordered books. When students order their books they can be sent to Doane, said Petr. The distribution process is something that could be added to the move-in weekend, she said.

No matter what, says Petr, students will get books.