by Victor Lopez
MIDLAND--Staff at the campus bookstore want to show off their new digs, one of the buildings a $46.8 million bond helped to pay for, and they're doing it with an unusual contest.
"We have several new buildings here on campus," bookstore manager Stephanie Brown, said.
When the Midland College Bookstore moved into it's new permanent location, they got something else too, a set of mannequins for their store front.
What started out as a fun project, suggested by summer school student, has turned into a contest open to anyone on or off campus.
"For back to school, we created a contest to name the mannequins. It's students, faculty, staff, parents, just anyone who comes through here and wants to do an entry," Brown said.
According to Brown, the contest has been getting good response from folks all across campus, from administration on down, "They've all been very supportive. The campus newspaper has covered it for us and it's also been on the campus's Facebook page."
Having a contest is a lot of fun. And what better way to show off, what bookstore staff calls, a positive result of a bond election?
"I absolutely do agree with that. I never was in the old bookstore, but I was in the temporary bookstore. It was very crowded and so this was very much needed," Marie McDougall said.
One of the first things you see as you walk into the bookstore is a male and female mannequin to your right and left. Anyone that wants to participate and offer a suggestion as to what these guys names should be, just needs to walk up to the counter and fill out an entry form.
The contest started in mid August and, so far, has received almost 100 suggestions. Since bookstore staff will be choosing the names, they weren't allowed to take part in the contest, but they do have ideas of their own.
"Ebony and Ivory; Heidi Klum and Seal; Desdemona and Othello," McDougall said.
"The first thing that comes to my mind would be Barbie and Ken," Brown said.
The person who pens the winning names will get a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore. That announcement will be made during the campus open house on October 7th, the same day the campus will be showing off all the new buildings.
"We just hope everyone in the community will come out and enjoy the open house here on the campus. We're very appreciative of our new building for our bookstore," Brown said.