Free market frenzy
Heather Bryant / Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 4, 2011
On Saturday, Oct.1 hundreds of students streamed through the Wood Center doors for the Winter Warm-up, the first student-only free market.
Students were already waiting outside when the event opened at 10 a.m.
“About 50 students were waiting to get in the doors,” said Lydia Anderson, director of the Wood Center and one of the event’s coordinators.
Approximately 200 students came to pick up free goods donated to the event. The coordinators are going to look into expanding the event and hosting it again, Anderson said.
Racks and tables were filled with clothes and goods for students to choose from. The market focused on winter clothing and coats, but a variety of items were available.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Jonathan Shurtz, 24, a fisheries senior. “I got some kale,” Shurtz said, holding up a big bag with green leaves sticking out of the top.
People affiliated with UAF donated most of the goods, and items were still being dropped off after the event started. Approximately 20 volunteers, primarily from the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and the LIVE office, organized goods and helped students.
“We’re taking care of our own,” said Michelle Bartlett, director of Summer Sessions. Bartlett helped plan the event.
“It’s awesome, to be honest,” said Ashley Morris, 21, a sophomore in the paralegal program who was picking out items. “Not a lot of people have winter gear or can afford it.”