Taking a break…

December 27, 2011

Hi everyone – the MonmouthUStore blog will be going on hiatus starting 12/27/11 as we transition our Social Media program to a new administrator. Have a very Happy New Year and a great semester!!

Thank you-



All your Buyback questions answered!

December 14, 2011

That’s the big question right now – how much cash will I walk out with and why should I sell back to the Bookstore? Just like buying books, there are a lot of options when it comes to selling your books. First I’ll explain a bit about how buyback works and how much you can expect to get, and then why you should sell to us.

If the book is being used here next semester you get about 50-55% of the new retail price.

If it isn’t being used here you will get the wholesale price – that is based on the national demand for the book and ranges from 0-30%. If it’s used at a lot of other schools you get closer to 30%. If it’s a niche book and your professor was the only one in the country using it, then closer to 0%.

You can check prices on our website – http://mubookstore.monmouth.edu/Buyback.aspx – starting the first day of Buyback.

BUT and this is a big BUT – access codes. Throws off the entire equation. Access codes, homework helpers, all that extra online stuff that comes with your book make the textbook itself practically worthless. Publishers know we (both we the Store and you the student) like used books. Heck, we LOVE used books! But publishers only sell new books. So they add all the extra stuff that we can only get from them when we purchase a new book. Sometimes we can buy the access codes separately but the cost of the code plus the cost of a used book is usually more expensive than a new book! But you will get the wholesale price for the textbook.

So why should you sell to us? We do offer good prices, in many cases above what the other guys pay. I know – I’ve checked:-) When you sell a book to us it increases the inventory of used books I can offer next semester. It also greatly reduces our carbon footprint – just think of all the UPS, FedEx and freight shipments we could eliminate by keeping and recycling books right here on campus. If I can buy a book from you that means I don’t have to buy it from the publisher and I’d much rather put money in your pocket than some give it to some faceless corporation.

Hope that I’ve answered some of your questions – good luck on finals and I hope to see you all during Buyback!

Megan (Textbook Manager)

Buyback Dates for Fall 2011

November 14, 2011

December Buyback Dates

Thur  12/15        10 – 7

Fri     12/16        10 – 7

Sat     12/17         11 – 5

Mon   12/19         10 – 9

Tues      12/20         10 – 9

Wed   12/21        10 – 9

Student loans – there is hope on the horizon

November 3, 2011

Student loans – it’s the number that no one discusses, and a lot of people don’t even know how much they owe.  There has been a lot of buzz the past week or so about a new repayment program. Here are some articles you may find helpful in understanding if and how this will impact you.




National Coming Out Day

October 11, 2011

Today is National Coming Out Day. What does that mean?


Whether you are gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning…however you choose to identify yourself…you are a person first and foremost. A wonderful and unique individual.

If you need to talk – today or any other day, about any issue – there are people all over campus who are ready to listen.  Over 250 MU employees are “Safe Zone” members. After going through training we receive a decal to post in our offices to let you know it is a safe place – I have one on my door.


Please know there are people, both on-campus and off-campus, that are here to listen and to help. Whether you just need to vent, or a friendly face, or professional or legal help reach out.

On campus:

MU Police – 732-571-3472

Counseling and Psychological Services -732-571-7517

Mental Health Hotline – 732-923-6999

Womens’ Center – 732-264-4111

Off campus:

Rape or domestic violence – 180 Turning Lives Around – 1-888-264-RAPE (local) or 1-800-656-HOPE (national)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – afsp.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


As Jerry Springer says – Be good to yourselves, and each other.

National Student Day – and lots of cool stuff!

October 3, 2011

From http://www.nationalstudentday.com -The National Association of College Stores (NACS) is sponsoring the first annual National Student Day on Oct. 6, 2011 – a day dedicated to celebrating student social responsibility! We are taking it a bit further and celebrating our student volunteers throughout the month.

Beginning today, we will be selling the bestselling book by the founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie – Start Something That Matters – retail is $22, we are selling it for $15. Blake spoke at CAMEX (the NACS conference) this past spring and…wow…if you ever thought “I’m just one person, how much of a difference can I make?” – read his story and get inspired. And just like the TOMS Shoes practice of “buy one pair of shoes and we give one pairto a child in need” for every book purchased a new book will be given to a child in need.

But wait – there’s more! We are lucky enough to have 5 signed copies of Blake’s book. These we are selling for $30 with 100% of the price going to Michael’s Feat, a local organization to help ill newborns and their families that our SGA has supported for over 10 years.

Now for the biggie – Here at Monmouth we have The Big Event. This year it is on Saturday, October 22. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (10/20-10/22) of that week we will be having a Very Special Clothing Sale -20% off all clothing with 10% of the net receipts going right to the SGA for Michaels’ Feat. And all Big Event volunteers will be getting a little something extra from the Store – but you’ll have to sign up to find out!

For more information: The Big Event – http://www.monmouth.edu/campus_life/activities/SGA/thebigevent.asp

Blake’s book – http://www.startsomethingthatmatters.com/

Michael’s Feat – http://www.michaelsfeat.org/

Some helpful programs in October from Counseling and Psychological Services

September 27, 2011

Hi everybody!

Hope you are settled in by now… found your favorite sandwich at Student Center, have a regular seat in Lit class, figured out how to get to the Mall and your books are starting to lose that shiny new look.

So…now it’s time to get to work, right? It can be a bit overwhelming at times. And that’s OK. It’s OK to be worried, nervous, sad. To miss your friends back home. It is normal and it happens to everyone (even if they don’t admit it).

The Counseling and Psychological Services Department has some wonderful programs this Fall. 

October –

Tuesday 10/4 – Am I Okay? Transitions to College LIfe 7:30-8:30 Mullaney Hall Lounge

Learn about factors that affect your health and how to manage them during college.

Wednesday 10/19 – SCREAM THEATRE – 8-9:30 Wilson Auditorium

Peer interactive theater on interpersonal violence presented by students and actors from Rutgers University

Thursday 10/20 – Mental Health Screening 10am-4pm Student Center Room 301A

Come to the Counseling and Psychological Services office for a brief screening for depression and other mood disorders. Get immediate feedback from a counselor and pick up self-help literature.

Wednesday 10/26 – I’m So Over It: How To Talk To Your Roommate – 7:30-8:30 pm Mullaney Hall Lounge

Something bothering you? Have you talked about it yet? Learn how tonight!

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