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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   April 23, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 24   prev   next   current

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    Calendar editor: Shani Hilton

    Staff writers: Jennifer Greenstein Altmann, Eric Quiñones

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By the numbers

The Princeton Student Agencies program

Princeton NJ — For nearly 100 years, the Princeton Student Agencies program has provided University students with all sorts of goods — from ink blotters to alpaca slippers — as well as services such as shipping packages, videotaping events and delivering dorm furniture. Many of the services are available to faculty and staff as well.

  • There have been 260 different agencies over the years. The 22 current agencies record more than $1 million in annual sales, employ more than 250 students and serve about 13,000 customers each year.
  • The oldest group is the Student Laundry Agency, believed to date back to 1911. The agency picks up clothes once a week, takes them to a professional laundry service and returns the clothes folded or on hangers. A yearlong contract costs $440.
  • The Tiger Foods agency delivers food from nine local restaurants in under 90 minutes for a fee of $1.50 — plus an optional tip for the driver.
  • Among the newest agencies is the Textbook Delivery Agency, which buys, delivers and returns books for students at the start of each semester. The agency charges 15 percent of the price of each book.
  • The Princeton Tuxedo Rental Agency conducts fittings at Frist Campus Center a week before student formals. A one-day rental comes with a jacket, shirt, pants and a tie, plus a vest or cummerbund.

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