Barnes & Noble College began managing the historically University-owned store on July 1. Since the company privatized the store, there are new prices, policies and coffee.
Senior Kayce Scinta, a Carolina Covenant scholar, said when she first heard about the changes she was upset because she didn’t see the benefit of privatizing the stores, but now she’s glad the new store will still be contributing to student scholarships.
Geography professor Altha Cravey said while she was not surprised Student Stores was privatized, she is disappointed. She said she hoped the UNC leadership on campus would stand up for the stores.
“The Student Stores privatization was done in the name of students, but I don’t think it serves students in the short term or the long term,” Cravey said.
Cravey said she doesn’t feel as loyal to the store under the new management.
“I work at a University because I don’t want to work at a corporation and I don’t want to see the University — particularly this one that I love and I have given my professional career to — I don’t want to see it become a corporation,” Cravey said. “That’s not the reason I work here.”
Cravey said Student Stores represented a meeting place where students could share ideas.
“What I think has been lost is a place that took more than 100 years to develop — a really intellectual and scholarly place,” she said.