The Orion

A.S. estimated budget surpasses $20 million

While A.S. can earn over $20 million per year, the net income isn't that high due to several expenses.

Alex Grant

April 11, 2018

Chico State's student government controls several on-campus businesses such as the Wildcat Recreation Center, the Wildcat Store and Sutter Dining Services. A.S.'s current estimated income this year is about $20,808,629 while its estimated expenses are $20,467,584. This means that Associated Students...

Wildcat Store adapts during 1st year of outsourced management

Wildcat Store employees Ruben Ruiz, a first-year sociology major, and Victoria Diaz, a sophomore sociology major, get ready for the end-of-semester book return rush. Photo credit: Michael Arias

Michael Arias

May 4, 2015

Last year, the Chico State Wildcat Store was signed off on a five-year lease to Follett, a private corporation based in Illinois, from the Associated Students. A financial move to help save money, the A.S. outsourced the running of the Wildcat Store starting on July 1. Many have since taken interest in the impact Follett would have on campus. In recent Ac...

For cheap textbooks, make like a pirate

Veronica De La Cruz

October 3, 2014

Books for free? Sign me up. The price of textbooks is skyrocketing, so it's no surprise that students are seeking different methods of getting the cheapest deal. First semester, I managed to spend over $400 at the Chico State Wildcat store. Now that I look back at this, I realize how easy it...

A.S. ends employee bookstore discounts

Associated Students director of legislative affairs, Darion Johnston. Photo courtesy Chico State.

Anna Sobreviñas

September 24, 2014

The Associated Students is not giving its employees discounts to the bookstore anymore after an unanimous vote by the board of directors on Tuesday. After seeing a drop in the bookstore revenue last semester, the A.S. decided to cut the discounts. Although A.S employees don’t get discounts at ...

A.S. halts employee discount at bookstore

Kyle Merker, civil engineering major and Taryn Harvey, communication sciences and disorders major, are installing bookshelves at the Wildcat Store. Merker and Harvey are student employees for the Associated Students. Photo credit: John Domogma

Daisy Dardon

September 22, 2014

The Associated Students stopped giving its employees discounts to the bookstore this semester after seeing a drop in the store's revenue last semester. Although A.S employees don't get discounts at the bookstore, they can get discounts in other areas such as the Marketplace Cafe, Sutter Dining...

New Follett bookstore is a downgrade

Illustration by Rachel Dugo

Megan Mann

September 19, 2014

It's no secret that the Associated Students Wildcat Store is, well, no longer the A.S. Wildcat Store. After being purchased by Follett over the summer, the bookstore went through numerous changes to become the Follett Wildcat Store. But what does this Wildcat think of this new store? Well, here...

Bookstore terminates loyalty point system

Madison Holmes

August 31, 2014

Bookstore loyalty points will no longer be issued at the Chico State Wildcat Store due to new management. The points, which were rewarded each time a student made a purchase at the bookstore, would accumulate over time and students were able to use them to get discounts on future purchases. The points will cease to be give...

A private Wildcat Store must put students first

May 14, 2014

The mere sound of the phrase “privatizing the Chico State Wildcat Store” sounds like something out of a dystopian nightmare, but Follett Corporation’s plans for taking over the Wildcat Store sound like something straight out of a business majors nocturnal emission. Lower textbook fees, im...

Wildcat Store could be outsourced

Business Marketing major and bookstore employee Kyle Sacher sorting books at the Wildcat Store. Photo credit: Matthew Vacca

Ernesto Rivera

May 12, 2014

The Associated Students may be signing away the Chico State Wildcat Store to Follett, a private textbook corporation based in Illinois. The A.S. board of directors approved to lease the Wildcat Store Monday at a special meeting. If the contract with the corporation is signed, the store will begin its transition to new managem...

‘Hanger’ hits columnist

Prin Mayowa

Prin Mayowa

March 8, 2014

It’s an epidemic sweeping the nation. It hits the disadvantaged and wealthy alike. That’s right — "hanger." "Hanger" is no longer just a plastic or metal object on which one hangs clothes. It is now a state of being that can control the very facets of your existence. When people are ...

Bookstore to change its business model

Jacob Arbogast, A.S. Vice President for Business and Finance.   Orion File Photo

Enrique Raymundo

February 8, 2014

The Chico State Wildcat Store is looking to change its business model in response to a projected downward trend in computer and textbook sales, as well as projected losses in net revenue. Textbook sales are expected to drop below 40 percent of the Wildcat Store’s total sales within three years, ac...

Wildcat Store seeks financial stopgap

The A.S. Wildcat Store, in a photo taken in the spring of 2013. The Orion file photo.

Enrique Raymundo

February 7, 2014

The Associated Students Wildcat Store is projected to lose more than $450,000 within the next three years, according to estimates shown Friday at the Associated Students Business Committee.A proposed $150,000 cut to overhead costs like rent and utilities would make the Wildcat Store profitable for two years, said David Buckley, execut...

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