Stop the throwing away of thousands of good books.
  • Petitioned Nicholls State University

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Nicholls State University

Stop the throwing away of thousands of good books.

    1. Peter Jenkins
    2. Petition by

      Peter Jenkins

      Thibodaux, LA

November 2012


Peter Jenkins: When I was finally able to meet with the President of the University he had already heard of how big the problem was and had found a new solution for handling the books. Our state law does allow for the books to be given away to the public.

This is important because our universities have a practice of throwing away perfectly good books.

At Nicholls they are throwing away Bibles, Math, Science, History, Sociology, Nursing, Religious, Arts, Music, Social Work, Foreign Language, Speech therapy, Encyclopedias, Children's books, etc. 

Some are very old and provide historical references for people writing papers on subjects. Some are as new as 2010. Some are classics like 1984, one of the most assigned books at the college Freshman level. Now we will only have one copy of this book. So if you're a poor student who can't afford to shell out a couple hundred dollars a semester for textbooks I hope you're the first in line for the book you need.

I ask you to stand with me and demand that Nicholls State University stop throwing away books. Please sign this petition and share your opinion on why this practice is so disgusting.

Thanks to Brandon Naquin for the picture.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Peter Jenkins THIBODAUX, LA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Just to let everyone know. The University did finally stop throwing away the books and they found a better way to handle them. The books will now be free to the public as they are set to be eliminated. Thanks everyone for helping make this petition successful!

    • Margaret Southwell FANWOOD, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      It's wrong to throw away books!

    • Daniel Furmaga NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is a waste. There is literally a world of knowledge in a book. It is tool for higher order thinking and for learning.

    • Sarah Ngola SUNNYVALE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Throwing out books is throwing out knowledge and opportunity for generations - such a terrible, terrible waste!

    • Katalin Haynes MONTPELIER, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      Throwing away books is just a step away from burning them. I am not sure what factors drove the decision-maker on whose command this is done. I suspect, however, that intelligence, education and familiarity with history were not among them. Extreme hubris and the belief that consequences won't apply probably were though. Such a person should not be one making decisions about books.


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