Neebo renovates, few art supplies available
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
The campus Neebo bookstore on the second floor of the D.P. Culp University Center has recently undergone some renovations.
The store was painted and the floors were redone and new fixtures and registers were also added. Another renovation that students may notice in the store is the smaller selection of art supplies.
Photographic paper, drawing supplies and photographic film are a few items, among other art supplies, that are no longer available for students in the store. The bookstore now only carries drawing pencils, erasers and basic drawing pads.
Craig Birdwell, manager of the store, said the availability of art supplies works the same way as textbooks.
“We get specific stuff,” Birdwell said. “We need exact lists of what courses need so we can order them.”
Ralph Slatton, art and printmaking professor, said this is the first campus he has encountered that has not offered major art supplies.
“In my area of printmaking, we have to order specialty items, which are not available locally,” Slatton said. “We buy what we can with student fees but that money isn’t available until it’s too close to the semester’s beginning. We really need our budget at least three weeks before classes start.”
Slatton also worries about students running out of supplies last minute and not being able to have immediate access to them.
“I’m particularly concerned about printmaking papers,” he said. “These papers are not sold locally and the amount used is unpredictable.”
Professors are not the only ones who worry about the lack of supplies.
“It is frustrating to not have all of the supplies artists on campus need in our bookstore,” graduate student Melanie Yodkins said. “They offer everything else students need. With the closing of some of the local art stores, it makes it even harder to find good quality art supplies. We have several campus stores, at least one should offer this service to our students.”
Rebecca Ramey, a senior art major, believes the bookstore should be the first place students go when needing supplies.
“Sometimes if you need something last minute while on campus working on a project or in art class, the bookstore should be the place to go,” Ramey said.
Birdwell, store manager, said the store asks for lists for classes and has worked with departments in the past.
Yodkins said, “The hardest part of being in an art class is the possibility of running out of the supplies you need or being asked to find a specialty item and not knowing if your online order will be there in time.
“It would make the most sense for the bookstore to offer these items or be able to order them for art students in sufficient time for classes.”