BOSTON – Twas the night before classes, when all through the store
Retailers were ready to make students pay more
With book rentals marked by implausible fees
To prove education is nothing near free.
The semester is starting, some fresh classes nigh,
Used books removed, and “new” book markups high.
With three digit price tags placed on their seams
While visions of dollar signs danced in clerks’ dreams
Schemes long established, such dubious games,
That students for decades can shout them by name:
“Now, tacky quiz-clickers, used only one time!
On, ‘required’ readings, never assigned!”
Exclaimed the professors with increased commissions
By selling their own overpriced first editions!
“You know how it works, you fell for it last Fall,
Now cash away! Cash away! Your cash away, all!”
Our spirits, how they dwindled! Our prospects, so glum!
Book bought for some hundreds, returned for a crumb!
A foul get-rich system that BU finds funny,
Shaking with laughter, like a bowl full of money.
The doors sprang open, the students poured in,
Barnes & Noblemen smiled from the the cavern within,
Their whispers were heard as our totals accrued:
“Welcome to college, where your wallets get screwed!”