Book sale raises awareness, money

December 19, 2007

by Katie Fontenot

While waiting in line at Java City for a tall caramel macchiato last week, some students might have noticed something else besides the usual eating and mingling.

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society held its fifth annual fundraising book sale throughout the day last Thursday and Friday in Tolliver Hall.

As students went about their usual routines, some, such as Chris Patterson, a junior biology major, took time look through the available books.

“I’ve seen the books out here the past couple of days, and I was just curious about what was going on,” Patterson said.

Lou-Anne Williams, president of Phi Alpha Theta and a graduate student of history, said the sale, in its fifth year, is aimed at raising money for the continuance of Phi Alpha Theta’s activities.

“We do philanthropy projects, but our main purpose is to promote history, help the community and campus and hold international events for students,” Williams said.

He also said the book sale is a way to fund projects to support history.

“We do two to three service projects a quarter and various events to promote history in the community and on campus,” Williams said. “The money will be used to fund events in honor of Veteran’s Day, Women’s History Month and African American History Month.”

She said fundraisers such as the book sale have helped with the organization of Veteran’s Days events in which two World War II veterans spoke about their war experiences.

One veteran served under General Douglas MacArthur and the other was a prisoner of war. Efforts will also go toward the honor society’s first event honoring Women’s History Month in March, Williams said.
She also said special projects during African American History month are always a priority for the organization.

Book genres ran the gamut from American history to science fiction, and titles ranged from “The Rise of Modern America” to “Principles and Types of Speech Communication.”

Emily Buck, a graduate student of history and a member of Phi Alpha Theta, said that even with the wide selection, there are still certain topics people prefer.

“Fiction, adventure and books on Latin America seem to be the most-liked,” Buck said.

Some students, like Seth Miller, a junior mechanical engineering major, did not have a preference.

“I’m just looking for something interesting to read,” Miller said. “I like several different types of things, anything on a cool subject.”

Some of the books offered were donated by members of Phi Alpha Theta, but the majority came by donations from professors. Any not sold this year will be included in next year’s sale, Williams said.

“These books are extremely inexpensive. You can find a really cheap Christmas present or a textbook at an unbelievably low price,” Williams said.

Paperback books were priced at 50 cents, and hardback books cost $1.

Williams said, “Some of the textbooks may not be the current editions, but most are new enough that students wouldn’t notice the difference.”