Bookstore director to leave

By Stephanie Bradley

Holmes Student Center Bookstore Director Stanley Shedaker will leave NIU on September 16 to take a job as a marketing developer for Missouri Book Services.

Shedaker, whose last few months at NIU were fraught with controversy over the allegedly racially-induced shoplifting incident last fall, is leaving NIU “on good terms” said Bond Revenue Operations Director William Herrmann.

Shedaker was recruited by Missouri Book Services after it had heard about some of the book buyback programs Shedaker installed here, such as having two buyback locations to reduce long lines, Shedaker said.

William Parker, interim associate vice president for business and operations said Shedaker will receive a substantial pay increase.

NIU accountant Neil Kepner will be the acting director for the bookstore until a permanent director is found.

A new security system was installed this past summer in the Holmes Student Center Bookstore which is expected to reduce shoplifting by 50 percent.

Bookstore director Stanley Shedaker said the old system forced employees to watch suspected shoplifters while they were in the store, and could only accuse them of shoplifting if they left the store. The bookstore lost $400 a day with the old system.

The new system, Shedaker said, will consist of sensors on each item in the store. When a student buys a product, cashiers will “desensitize” the item before the student leaves the store, he said.