By Giuliano Djen
Students were able to bid for items that were not claimed in the Associated Students, Inc. Lost & Found Auction held in the Bronco Student Center on April 19.
The ASI Games Room, housed in the BSC, often hosts the auction of the unclaimed items during U-Hour.
Elizabeth Mendoza, a third-year hospitality student, works at the Games Room and worked the auction. Mendoza speculated why people leave their items at the Lost & Found.
“I think they live a really busy life, trying to get to class to class, and they just forget to pick up their items, so it’s just hard and then they might never get the chance to come to us,” Mendoza said.
Some of the items that are bid on can range from small items like bags and pencil cases to more expensive items like skateboards, phones or bicycles.
During the auction, book bags and even a cracked phone were sold to students, but the highest priced items of this auction were the unclaimed skateboards.
The skateboards’ prices ranged from $10 to $60. Kevin Winkelman, a second-year computer information systems student, acquired one of the skateboards for $10. They were the hottest items at the auction and were sold out by the end.
“We try our best to return the items. We rather not have [them] in our inventory. It’s too much stuff, but unfortunately, students just seem to forget,” said Sandy Mihiar, the commercial service coordinator at the Games Room.
This quarter’s auction was considered tame in comparison to other quarters’ actions.
“Last quarter we actually had just bikes. We had a total of 20 bikes, and it’s just bike items, so those are the ones that go for more,” said Mihiar
Mihiar said the bikes that were sold last quarter were picked up by University Police and were stored to wait for their owners to pick up. However, many were not and were sold away to bidders at the previous auction.
The Lost & Found is a service that is located in the BSC, where students can claim their lost items or turn in something they find on campus.
“We do this quarterly, so the next one is going to be on May 3, which is a Tuesday. We’re going to have more boards, more items as well to sell,” said Mendoza.
“Next week we are having a thrift shop, and that’s all the clothing items, and you’re not going to believe the clothing items that we get,” said Mihiar.
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