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Internet purchases overwhelming many campus post offices, but APSU handles them with ease

March 4, 2003

The new post office in the Morgan University Center at Austin Peay is colorful, clean and well designed. But its most important attribute may be its spaciousness.

Now that weve moved, we have plenty of space, says Sharon Ridenour, post office manager. A refreshing contrast, she might add, to the University's former location on the backside of the Red Barn.

The extra space couldnt have come at a better time.
March 4, 2003

The new post office in the Morgan University Center at Austin Peay is colorful, clean and well designed. But its most important attribute may be its spaciousness.

“Now that we've moved, we have plenty of space,” says Sharon Ridenour, post office manager. A refreshing contrast, she might add, to the University's former location on the backside of the Red Barn.

The extra space couldn't have come at a better time.

In the last three years, college postal facilities across the nation have found themselves awash with Internet purchases. The parcels quickly fill post office boxes and spill over to back rooms, where they can slow mail processing.

Built to handle nothing larger than a care package from mom, most college postal facilities were unprepared for the furniture, clothes and books ordered by today's college students. But Austin Peay was ready.

“With our new facility, we haven't had much trouble processing them," says Ridenour.

What kind of online purchases do APSU students typically make? “I really couldn't say for sure,” says Ridenour, “but it appears most purchases are books. Books and E-bay purchases.”

APSU students confirm Ridenour's suspicions.

“I buy books,” said sophomore Dustin Mevis. His friends, junior Scott Starley and senior Lori Dunn agree that clothes and books are their primary online purchases.

“This sweater I'm wearing right now, I got online,” said Dunn.

“I just like to shop,” said Starley. “I probably buy half of my clothes in the store and half online.”

Other popular buys are airline tickets and E-bay finds.

“I bought a Playstation off of E-bay, and speakers for my car,” said freshman Lawrence
Mize. His friend Tim Hunt said he bought bike accessories through E-bay.

“It saves time,” said Mize. “You just click and it's yours.”

It's also, for a short time at least, the post office's. Fortunately, with Austin Peay's spacious new facility, there's room for those E-bay finds and the care package from Mom.