Time to hit the bookshelves

Becky Hashim (C’03) loads up on all the books she will need for her fall semester courses at Penn on the first day of classes Sept. 8. Hashim’s all-at-once buying was typical for the female students who flocked to the Penn Bookstore on that day, but the men were another story: many of them bought only two or three books. A Bookstore manager offered a possible explanation for the gender gap in buying: The guys need party money for the weekend.

Photo by Daniel R. Burke

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Originally published on September 16, 1999