By Christina Rose Walcott
On Wednesday, November 30th, from 1:30-3:30pm in the Academic Commons of the Goddard Library, Clark University’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, set up at the pop-up to station their used book sale. A wide variety of books were sold from The Way to Cook by Julia Childs to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to a sought after edition of the Norton Anthology of Shakespeare. The books were generously donated by faculty and students alike, and it was a great opportunity for students to purchase books for pleasure, as well as scout out affordable books for future courses.
When asked, “What’s the purpose of the used book sale?” Secretary of the Sigma Tau Delta chapter, Juliana Hall ‘24 said, “We are raising money for the Clark University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. We’re reviving the organization after a few years of COVID and remote learning prevented the chapter from operating. We are excited about bringing events back to the English Department!”
The chapter was previously advised by Professor Lisa Kasmer, but recently, Professor Justin Shaw took on the leadership role for the chapter. Under his guidance, the chapter recently elected officers and planned the used book sale to raise money for the chapter to begin operating again.
The chapter of Sigma Tau Delta has been meeting every other Wednesday since mid-October to plan their used book sale and upcoming fall event, an open study hall. These meetings have not only served a logistical purpose, but they have provided the participating students with another community of peers. Gaby DiPinto ‘23 reflected this sentiment when asked, ““What do you like most about being Vice President of Sigma Tau Delta?” She responded, “I love being part of a community of like-minded students who all have similar academic passions! It’s nice to be in a position to work with peers in order to create humanities-related events and opportunities for the student body!”
Students were thrilled at the prospect of the used book sale. When asked, “What have you enjoyed most about our sale?” Thu Le ‘25 expressed, “I liked the variety of books that y’all have, and it’s very affordable!”
Sigma Tau Delta plans to use the funds raised from the used book sale for their fall study hall event in English House on December 7th from 5-7pm. Cozy drinks and snacks will be provided! To stay up to date with this and other Sigma Tau Delta events, please follow them on Instagram @clarkusigmataudelta.