Servies ’16 Prepped Bookstore for Fall Rush

Clayton Servies ’16 and Suzanne Zadai in front of one of the displays they designed together in the Wabash College Bookstore.

Steve Charles—Busy is the norm now on campus as freshman arrive, upperclassmen return, and classes begin. But for three days the rush was most concentrated in one place—the Wabash College Bookstore.

On Freshman Saturday parents were buying Wabash merchandise, and this week the customers have been students hurrying to get their books and supplies. The preparation for all this goes largely unseen, but Clayton Servies ’16 knows the work from the inside out.

“Clayton has been instrumental in preparing the store for the fall season,” Business Auxiliaries Assistant Suzanne Zadai says of the sophomore biology major who worked in the bookstore all summer. Clayton even assisted Zadai with the design and arrangement of displays for the merchandise.

“He’s been a great help there—the displays look very nice—and he also assisted Tradebook Manager Judy Wynne and Textbook Manager Linda Brooks, who works hard to get textbooks for students at prices competitive with those on the Internet,” Zadai says.

Wabash cycling jerseys are among the new items this fall at the Bookstore.

Clayton enjoys the camaraderie of the bookstore and helping to create the displays.  He admits, though, that checking in inventory all those days in preparation for this week “was no fun at all!”

Clayton says the rush for books began Tuesday.

“We were open till 7 that day, so Tuesday and Wednesday were the busiest. Today we’ve had a few more students between classes.”

So the traffic is slowing for now, but, as Zadai points out, “football season is right around the corner and we have a lot of game day apparel!”

Campus Looking Great to Start School Year

The “before” photos was two years ago, the branches had covered even more of the Chapel recently.

Howard W. Hewitt – We occasionally laud campus services for the job they do in making campus l0ok its very best at key times of the year.

They’ve done it again as we approach the start of the 2013-2014 school year. David Morgan’s crew has trimmed, mowed, and planted all over campus. Regulars will notice one of the large trees in front of Kane House, damaged in a storm last year, has been removed, stump ground away, and a new patch of grass in its place.

All of the landscaping around Kane House has been changed to a fresh look as well.

But that’s just one example and there are others. This post is to highlight one that might go unnoticed unless pointed out.

The large, over grown, shrubs have been removed from Kane House.

I’m one of (certainly not only) campus curmudgeons. I’ve taken a little good-natured joy from nagging David about the Chapel’s appearance the past few years. The two large trees on each side of the Chapel have blocked the view of our most iconic building.

Earlier this summer tree trimmers worked over a number of trees on the mall, and removed a few. They trimmed one of the trees covering up the Chapel, but not the other. So, I went back to full nag mode. David has always taken it in good spirits. I always used the “pretty picture” argument that the Chapel is our most photographed building and should look its best.

Well, this morning the tree trimmers were back and trimmed the branches on the remaining tree and the Chapel has a fresh look. Thanks Dave! All our campus photographers thank you too!

Morgan has always deferred to the tree experts. They don’t like removing any limbs unless they are an obstruction or diseased – who can argue with that? But just maybe cutting back on two trees to keep our signature building clear isn’t a bad thing after all.

The photo at top shows the difference.