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Students organize Exchange Extravaganza event for May 10

Monmouth College’s Huff Athletic Center will be the site of a student-organized “swap-n-shop” on Reading Day, May 10, starting at noon.

Seniors Stuart Aumonier of Oakville, Ontario, Brenna Myers of Kansas City, Mo., Lissa Sexton of Rockbridge and Charley Slagle of New Milford, Conn., have organized the college’s first Exchange Extravaganza, a money-free event that will allow students to “get stuff, sell stuff or toss it out.”

Students and professors can donate used items, from textbooks to tennis shoes, and at the same time, browse the items others have dropped off. Items for the exchange can be dropped off on the lower level of the Stockdale Center during dinner hours on May 8, or they can be brought to the event. To schedule other arrangements, students are encouraged to contact one of the four organizers prior to the event.

Inspiration for the Exchange Extravaganza came from the “gigantic dumpsters” that arrive every May near every residence hall, said Myers.

“The trash bins encourage students to throw away their used things and buy new ones next year, instead of recycling,” she said. “Our event will give students a venue where they can bring anything they want to get rid of at the end of the year, and also give them an opportunity to pick up anything they would like to use, free of charge. People are welcome and encouraged to come take items, even if they do not bring anything to donate.”

For individuals with items to sell, the organizers have provided a Facebook page at Monmouth College Exchange Extravaganza, which can be accessed by “liking” it on Facebook. Potential sellers can post pictures of their items, such as appliances or futons. Interested buyers can comment on the posts and have direct and safe contact with the seller.

According to the organizers, the exchange program is a part of a collaborative effort to transform Monmouth College into a “greener, leaner, more sustainable campus.” They set up the event for their Green Initiatives class, under the direction of associate professor of biology Tim Tibbetts. Other projects and initiatives in the class include utilizing wind energy, planting indigenous Illinois flora and moving toward becoming a paperless institution.

More information on the Exchange Extravaganza is available by contacting Brenna Myers at or Lissa Sexton at