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    The Wang Center Gift Shop Opens

    After a little over six years, much speculation and even more anticipation, the gift shop in the Charles B. Wang Center on campus has finally opened. Though expectations have run high on what the gift shop would bring, not all of the expectations have been met.

    “It’s just a lot of red Stony Brook sweatshirts,” said Sean Law, a student at Stony Brook. “I just don’t see the point when we already have a Seawolves Marketplace and a University Bookstore that sells that stuff. It needs to have arts and something Asia-related, but it doesn’t. It just has red Stony Brook jackets.”

    The much anticipated gift shop currently sells Stony Brook bags and Red Hot clothing, as well as newly stocked Asia-themed jewelry. The store, which is located across from Jasmine restaurant, still stands half empty, indicating that more items are on the way.

    “I think that they were trying to open the gift shop because they have a lot of conventions around here,” student worker Jon-Erik Banninger said. “Visitors to Stony Brook or alumni could see the Stony Brook products and they could buy them.

    “I know that they’re waiting for a lot of inventory. We just got a lot jewelry, and I know the manager said he was trying to get a lot of antiquity stuff.”

    The Faculty Student Association, which runs the gift shop, could not be reached for comment, but the student workers commented that Asia-themed items had been ordered and are currently on their way.

    “I think the gift shop is wonderful,” said Samantha Tata, a student from Stony Brook. “It just opened, and though there aren’t any Asia-related items in it yet, that doesn’t mean that there never will be. I’m excited to see what they’re going to be selling.”

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