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IT Store celebrates grand opening on Halloween

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 15:11

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Travis Sharp, Staff Photographer

More than 100 students gathered outside the IT Store last Wednesday in hopes of winning one of the iPads given out during the noon giveaway. There were more than 140 students at the 8 a.m. giveaway as well, as students were able to win MacBooks, iPads and in-store vouchers.

The ASU Information Technology store celebrated its grand opening Oct. 31 with drawings, sales, giveaways and free food. Located on the back side of Wilson Hall, the IT store offers students a wide range of technology products, including laptops, speakers, USB drives and gaming controllers, conveniently located on campus.

Although the doors have been open for business since Oct. 15, the official opening of the store was met with much enthusiasm from students and staff alike. Giveaways, prize drawings and sales throughout the day drew hundreds of visitors.

Many of the drawing winners expressed their excitement and initial disbelief at receiving their prizes.

“I think it’s awesome. I couldn’t believe I won,” said Blake Stanago, a sophomore interdisciplinary studies major of Hot Springs Village. Stanago won an 11-inch MacBook Air at the 8 a.m. drawing.

Emily Elmore, a sophomore animal science major of Maumelle, won a 13-inch MacBook Air.

“I couldn’t believe it was real, because I never win contests or raffles,” Elmore said.

Niki Pullam, a sophomore radiology major of Pleasant Plains, was exuberant after realizing she had drawn one of the winning tickets for a MacBook Air. Pullam’s enthusiastic response was videoed by onlookers.

“Send it to Oprah, send it to Ellen! I want to win a car next,” Pullam said.

Other prizes included third-generation iPads, Beats headphones, and in-store vouchers ranging from $5 to $100. The first drawing kicked off at 8 Wednesday morning, with the first 100 people into the store drawing vouchers for a chance to win an iPad or one of five MacBook Airs.

“It’s been upbeat all day, not a dull moment,” Jenness said.

At 7:45 a.m. the line for the first drawing was nearly 140 people long. Often shivering in the 40-degree weather, customers were welcomed inside with complementary coffee, hot chocolate, doughnuts and muffins.

Two students camped overnight in front of the store to ensure their place in line. Gabriel Black, a sophomore of Wynne studying to be a physical therapy assistant, arrived at 10:30 the night before to pitch his tent on the sidewalk outside the store.

Travis Sharp, a senior graphic design major of Maumelle, joined him around midnight. Although the two only received $5 vouchers, Black said it was worth the experience.

Sales and special discounts also attracted many students. IPads, cellphone cases, earphones, laptops and more were marked down for the day, and students wearing their official IT store T-shirts received 10 percent off all full-priced items.

For many people, one of the best things about the newly opened IT store is that it is a place to purchase technology on campus.  
“I would have to go all the way to Memphis (for Apple products), but now it’s right here,” Sharanda Crews, a sophomore political science major of Jonesboro, said.

IT Store employee Andrew Fleeman said the IT Store also offers training courses for iPad and MacBook users, as well as basic technological support for all computer troubles.

“We try to help as many people as we can,” Fleeman said.

“We are just super excited about all of this. We’re going to keep this exciting because technology is exciting,” Darla Fletcher, the IT store’s director of technical services and support, said.

Fletcher said  the grand opening is the first of many events the IT store is planning.

To find out about the IT store’s sales and special offers, visit its Facebook page, ASU IT Store, or follow it on Twitter and Instagram, @asuitstore.


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