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BBS ass mm mmmmm—mmmmmm •••••••••••• THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY- Hc>ul\*ii»EEfgBJ Vol. CVIXNo. 3 Friday, February 13, 2004 • www.iiiehillnews.com . Photo by Mark Hall, Ann Brown '06 working behind the desk where students buy and sell their textbooks each semester. Bookstore Manager Dispells Rumors Textbook Prices Driven by Used Book Shawn Mayo-Pike ••' Senior Features Editor. j When most students go - to sell their books back to the bookstore they often leave with a look of dis- gust or frustration on their, faces. Students get back only half or less of what they paid for the books in the first place. Sophomore Matt Huising said that when he sold books back to the bookstore he felt, \Ripped off every time.\ Is the school using these book resale poli- cies as a way to haul.in a truckload of money and rip students off or is there a logical explanation for low resale value? Some investigative reporting showed that bookstore resale is not as big of a scam as some of us think it is. Bookstore Managter Robert FitzRandolph revealed that there are many contributing factors that de- termine the amount of money you get back when reselling your books. \Students do not f realize that they are the sellers and the bookstore is the buyer,\ said FitzRandolph. What students also do not under- stand is that in most cases the used book market, not the bookstore, de- termines how much money yoU get back. If you sell a book back to the bookstore that is going to be used next,semester, you will get 50% of what you paid for it back, the at- tendant can tell you whether or not certain, books are going to be used next semester, and you should ask because you will get more money back as opposed to selling a book back that won't be used ne'xt se.-: mester. If. your book is not going to be used next semester then the atten- dant looks at a list of three different buyers pf used books to determine the best price that the book can be sold for. Most bookstores only look at one company and take whatever price they are offering,-making the market less competitive. Some book- stores, like Si. Lawrence, look at three different buyers causing the used book buyers, to become more competitive and offer better 'prices. The buyers are -usually owned by .large corporations. For instance, Barnes and Nobles owns one of the largest used book companies called Follett. When you sell used books back to the bookstore you're com- peting in a market with the used book companies,\ not the -bookstore. The bookstore simply asks as a bro- ker between you and the used book companies. There are many ways in which the used book companies make money See Bookstore - Page 4 Joint Panel Held with WKC andWAG on Matt Gaines Staff Writer At the beginning of this semes- ter a new student organization, the St. Lawrence Men. Against Sexual Violence, was formed. Campus- wide emails, announcing weekly meetings have strongly encour- aged guys at St. Lawrence to \Be a Man!\ and \Stand.Up Against Rape!\. Open to basically any male student on campus who \6ppose[s] sexual violence, sexual harassment, and rape,\ this group commenced its semester activities . with an afternoon round table dis- cussion of \Sexual Violence as. a Men's Issue;\ held in the new Stu- dent Center on Wednesday, Janu- ary 28, 2004. From this point on- wards, the function and purpose of this group :has essentially been to \actively oppose sexual violence and educate fellow men about it\ through dialogue, discussion, and other planned events as well. The SLU Men Against Sexual Violence organization was formed by three seniors, who include Brian Lind, Jamie Moorby and Paul Scarano. Asked about the origins The member? of SLUMASV gather for. their weekly meeting. of this group, Moorby commented, . \I have been trying to get a group like this started since my sophomore year, but it didn't get off the ground until this semester when Brian, Paul and I joined together to do so.\ \In . a sense,\ continued Moorby, the group was \born .out of the men's only discussion following Take Back The Night last semester,\ where the idea of creating such a group was first raised.. Added Scarano, \We hope to engage men on this cam- pus to think critically of their con- structions\ of gender and sexual- ity through campaigns that con- front men's complicity\ in acts of sexual violence.' -When inquired as to why group membership was limited strictly to men, Moorby '04 explained how \w.e. feel a need for a safe space on campus for men Photo: by Brian Lind *° discuss is«UM0f sexual vio- lence, masculinity, sexuality and other related topics with each • other openly and confidentially\.- Scarano offered a complementary perspective,'noting that, \Since we are in a.position of privilege we.must always adopt an auxiliary role to the women's groups on campus and work closely with them,\ See Men - Page-- 4 \WMte Privilege\ Catherine Luke Features Editor Every individual seems to find a personal definition of privilege. Various views on the topic of privi- lege; what it is, who has it, and what, it entails were presented' to an audi- ence in Gulick Theater on Thursday, February 5. Several members of the St. Lawrence community, including students,and staff, partook in a panel discussion on racial privilege, presented by the Diversity Coali- tion. Participants in the-panel'were individuals from various back- grounds representing many views' on the topic of racisnf and privilege. At. the conclusion of the panel a general consensus of what was dis- cussed had not been reached, but it was certain that many ideas and concepts were thrown out\ on the table for serious consideration. One point that was agreed upon by all was that awareness and recognition, that there is a problem must be met by all. The- event was opened with an introduction by Steve Peraza '06. Peraza's words came directly from his own thoughts and experiences. He spoke of some .of the struggles and realizations that he has made throughout his time at St. Lawrence. He described a bad dream that he recently had. In it he was climbing a mountain that was steep and slip- pery, and difficult to tackle, just as the topic discussed by the panel! The first panel member to. present his views was first-year student Christian Ehrhardt. Ehrhardt spoke about an encounter he had with rac- ism while on duty as a volunteer fire- man. From this and other experi- ences he was able to admit that, \white men do haye the privilege in our society!\ Ehrhardt's main fo- cus was centered on the fact that \white privilege\ is a legitimate is- sue that must be*, addressed. He stressed the necessity that an ef- fective solution is found. His hope- fill message seemed somewhat de- flated, though, when Ehrhardt shared the very realistic (and some- what pessimistic) view that he doesn't \think that racism will ever be eradicated.\ This, however, does not suggest that Ave should not con- tinue to\'strive in the direction of equality. Ehrhardt advocated that the most important thing which we as a society can do is continue to discuss the issue! The more often people talk about it, the more they will understand, and hopefully.the end result will be a less judgmental campus. The second speaker, Majken Tranby '06, proved to be the most . controversial- member of the panel. -Tranby clearly established that skin color does, give certain advantages to people in our society. .She ex- pressed that it is unfortunate we have allowed it to come to this point because it is consequentially hurt- ful to all races. Tranby accredited the traits of bravery and intelligence to members of the St. Lawrence com- munity. She implored that we no- longer let our color'define us, that we no longer point fingers and that we abolish the anger which we have allowed to consume us on this is- sue. She asked that instead of hid- ing behind the problem, we dig down to the root of it and \tear away at the notion\. If wcwere to look more at ihe quality of someone's \character rather than their .skin color, change could ensue.- The problem of racism and privilege is often focused on; Tranby pleaded that we center our energy on the solution instead. This may'be the only way to speed up the hindering progress of racial diversity here at St. Lawrence. This inspiring speaker reminded us \there is noth- ing we can't accomplish\. All that is needed some time, effort, and un-., demanding. Tranby left the audi- ence with the reminder that we should not look at this issue in rela- tion to our campus as a problem of diversity, but rather as an advan- tage of diversity. ... The next to speak was Turner Masland '06. Using hints of humor in his speech, Masland admitted right off the bat that he, too, came * from a background similar to Tranby. He- grew up in a picture-perfect neighborhood, in a picture-perfect town, and was raised by a picture- perfect family. Every advantage- See Panel - Page 10 In This Week's *- 100th Night a Success .,j\ Greek.Corner . ,J«JF\ • Review of MiracMiMmmK \' ^ - Saints Track Teams Place Thirc Edition Page 4 . - Page 7> Page 8 • Page 12

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