ASUC Senator Seeks Funding for Spring Book-Swap Event

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An ASUC senator is planning a book-trading event early next semester in a move designed to save UC Berkeley students money when they purchase books for spring classes.

If all goes well, book buyers and sellers will congregate on Lower Sproul Plaza Jan. 24 for the ASUC Book Swap, trading textbooks with one another in an effort to bypass high bookstore prices.

Tables will be set up to bring together students taking similar classes, facilitating transactions.

"Even getting a used book from the ASUC Bookstore is still pretty expensive," said APPLE Senator Misha Leybovich, who is sponsoring the event. "The cheapest books I've gotten are from friends."

A bill sponsored by Leybovich will go before the ASUC Senate tonight, requesting $200 for tables and publicity.

Because the event would likely sap business from the ASUC Bookstore, Leybovich's bill would, if passed, place the ASUC in the odd position of spending money to lose money. The bookstore provides a substantial portion of the ASUC budget.

"It seems as though (the book swap) would definitely hurt the ASUC Bookstore," said Student Action Senator Jenn Ro, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. "I would anticipate a loss on the part of the ASUC Auxiliary."

Leybovich, however, is unfazed by financial concerns surrounding ASUC revenue.

"It all comes down to service to students," he said. "If the ASUC can serve you better by saving you a bunch of money than by providing programs with the revenues off your books, then so be it. I think most students would be happier saving several hundred dollars. I know I would-I'm broke."

Even if the bill fails, the book swap will still take place, according to Leybovich.

"If the bill is not passed, then I guess the money is coming out of my pocket," Leybovich said. "Maybe I'll take up a collection."


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