By Lori Bredemeyer, Copy Editor
As the number of guests on campus grows this weekend, business in the Campus Center also increases.
Anthony Williams, The Campus Store manager, said business at the store varies between the Sing Song and the Lectureship crowd.
“Sing Song Saturday-that’s our biggest day as far as apparel sales for the semester,” Williams said. “People usually start coming in Friday afternoon. So those are two real big days for us in respect to apparel.
“Not only that, we have the Lectureship crowd that comes in Saturday afternoon,” he said. “We sell a lot of trade books, a lot of traditional-type Christian music, and then with both audiences we have a lot of insignia merchandise and ACU spirit products.”
Cory Bourg, director of ARAMARK, said the Bean’s business increases the most out of all the food services in the Campus Center.
“Most students stay on campus during this time, so meal plan use is increased,” Bourg said. “Also, former students come back and want to eat in the Bean to see how much it has changed. It’s sort of like a mini-homecoming.”
Bourg also said more on-campus meals are catered by Dining Services for Lectureship.
Both supervisors said they adjust staff to increase the number of people available to serve customers during the weekend.
Williams said most customers to the store will be visitors to the university and not students.
“Many of them have been working or practicing late at night for Sing Song,” he said, “and although we would like it to be different, The Campus Store is not on top of their list of things to do this week.”
Williams also said the weekend is exciting for the staff.
“If you talk to any kind of retailer, everyone gets goose bumps when the store’s full and packed with people,” he said. “It’s a big weekend for us; it’s an opportunity for us to cash in in a monetary way but just be a part of the excitement of Sing Song.”