TO THE EDITOR:
One year after the university’s corporatizers predicted that Barnes & Noble would raise more money for student scholarships than the now-defunct, university-owned Bull’s Head Bookshop and Daily Grind coffee shop did, let us examine how Barnes & Noble does this, and at what cost.
I was a student employee at the Student Stores for three weeks this summer. I was grateful for the job, and that my transgendered identity was affirmed.
And yet I was also disillusioned after I learned how Barnes & Noble generates the aforementioned operational savings.
A Student Stores student employee who had worked previous back-to-school rushes in the textbook department told me that, when they were university-owned, the stores honored the university’s $10+-per-hour minimum wage.