Q&A with bookstore manager Derek Myers

 

Derek Myers is the manager of the bookstore here at Malone. (Photo by Autumn Berry)

Aviso: Where did you grow up?

Myers: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Aviso: Where did you attend college?

Myers: Malone College. I graduated in 2006.

Aviso: What has changed the most at Malone since you were a student?

Myers: It has only been 6 years, but the location of everything is different. The offices are in different places, but the biggest change I’ve noticed is actually the food. It’s fantastically better. That’s not a real word, but it’s a whole lot better.

Aviso: What does your job entail?

Myers: Becoming everybody’s arch nemesis. Not really. No, actually, my job is the exact opposite of that. It’s providing customer service to students, faculty and parents. And trying to make the campus bookstore as competitive with every other option out there. To make sure we’re not taking more money out of students then they’d have to pay if they went to Amazon or Textbookrental.com or wherever. Our goal is to be as competitive as we possibly can. So I source books, clothes, we try to make people happy.

Aviso: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Myers: Either a fireman, because my dad was a fireman, or Spiderman.

Aviso: What do you do when you’re not at work?

Myers: I am a nerd, and I try to hide it. I can’t catch any type of ball, dribble any type of ball, or shoot any type of ball, or hit any type of ball. So, I play games, I read books, I have a table-top board game night once a week with a group of guys. We’re nerdy and we get together. I go to big conferences in Boston and play video games. I play with my daughter, eat food and cook.

Aviso: Who’s your favorite superhero, and why?

Myers: It still is Spiderman. It was Spiderman when I was a kid because I had the hopes of becoming him, and he was one of the few that I saw that as a realistic potential, because I’m not an alien and I’m not a mutant. He was just a kid who was in the wrong place and got bit by a spider and became Spiderman. I still have that option. He was like this crazy all-star guy, he was nerdy and quiet. I’m a realist. That’s why I thought I could become Spiderman.

Aviso: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would it be?

Myers: Does this endless supply affect my health?

Aviso: No

Myers: So, if I ate an endless supply of frozen Twinkies, I wouldn’t die in two days?

Aviso: No

Myers: Maybe frozen Twinkies. They actually just came out with Mega Stuffed Oreos, They have three-times the amount of white stuff in them. I had some last night, and those are at the top of my list right now.

Aviso: What’s your favorite movie?

Myers: I love movies, I don’t really have a favorite. I have some that I watch on an annual basis, like V for Vendetta every November 5th, we watched Lord of the Rings extended edition trilogy the weekend of Thanksgiving while we were putting up a Christmas tree as a tradition. We’ve done that for five years now. Watch Home Alone every year. I was a big fan of Macaulay Culkin as a kid.

Aviso: If you had $1 million, and could only spend it at one store, where would it be?

Myers: Is Amazon a store? I’m an avid online shopper. I like buying things and having them show up at my door like a present. It’s like a care package. So, anybody that will ship me something, I like shopping there. But, if I had to pick a specific store that shipped me things, maybe Bed Bath & Beyond, because I like gadgets, and they have a lot of gadgets, and a whole lot of the as-seen-on-tv stuff.

Aviso: Do you have any hidden talents?

Myers: I can eat a lot, if I wanted to. As a student, my Malone record of eating chicken nuggets for lunch was 45 chicken nuggets in like, a half hour. I didn’t sit there forever. It was a lot. I gained like, 40lbs in college.

 

Samantha Shaffer is the editor-in-chief for The Aviso AVW.

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