Students apathetic to USPS changes
By Patrick CooleyPosted Feb 27, 2013
The struggling U.S. Postal Service is looking for ways to reduce costs, and starting in August, post offices across the country will no longer deliver mail on Saturdays. In this case, ‘mail’ includes letters, bills, cards and catalogs.
Many Ohio State students have their own opinions on the issue.
The change for some will be, at most, a minor inconvenience.
“I never use (the post office),” said Aya Bsatee, a first-year in biochemistry.
Bsatee said she sends and receives nearly all correspondence through e-mail and social networking. This is indicative of a larger trend, according to a news release from the U.S. Postal Service.
“The Postal Service ended the fiscal year $15.9 billion in debt,” said a release, e-mailed by David Van Allen, a post office spokesman. “Technology continues to reshape how Americans communicate and conduct business, and has resulted in a sharp decline in first-class mail volume.”
Stopping Saturday delivery “might make shipping a little slower,” said Roxy Knepp, a first-year in theatre.
Knepp sells t-shirts through “Rox Tops,” her Facebook page, a task that requires her to send a great deal of packages. The elimination of Saturday services will, at worst, make her rethink when she makes her post office visits.
Jessica Lumbard, a first-year in respiratory therapy, said she uses the campus post office to send and receive packages, which the Postal Service will continue to deliver on Saturdays. She said she mostly goes to the post office in between classes or when taking a study break.
“I haven’t sent or picked up anything on a Saturday,” she said, “at least not that I can remember.”
Saturdays are when the lowest volume of mail is sent and received by post offices nationwide, Van Allen said, and OSU’s post office is no exception.
“Mail delivery and collections on Saturdays at OSU are 60 percent less than on weekdays,” Van Allen said. “The reason for the reduction is primarily that many businesses in the area are closed.”
The amount of mail processed on campus is minimal, he said.
“Packages, however, are booming at OSU,” Van Allen said. “Especially when it comes to packages received by students.”