BERKELEY - On Friday, January 24, the Associated Students
of the University of California (ASUC) is sponsoring its first-ever
ASUC will have tables set up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Lower Sproul Plaza, with signs for departments like Astronomy or Civil
Engineering. Students with textbooks they no longer need as well as
those looking for texts on this semester's lists
can meet at the tables and bargain directly with each other.
for either selling or buying; ASUC is paying for the tables and the
The swap meet is the brainchild of Misha Leybovich, ASUC senator
and engineering physics major, who complains that even the used
bookstores around campus can be pretty pricy. "The cheapest
books I've ever gotten have been from friends, but they tend
not to have
the right books when you need them," says Leybovich.
He hopes that the event will "hook people up so everyone
can save money, and maybe make some friends while they're at
Leybovich's fellow ASUC Senator, Noah Kagan, set up an online
book swap, the Berkeley
last year that is still going strong, with more than 7,000
books for sale. However, Leybovich says that buying or trading
in person might
attractive, as students can see at a glance what's for sale
and check out the books' condition immediately.
"Maybe it will work, maybe it won't — but why not try it?" says