- Plans in the works to save Esquire Theater on Broadway in Cape (2/21/18)2
- State of emergency declared in Missouri (2/24/18)1
- Bell City arrest, Scott City incident highlight high-alert status following Fla. school shooting (2/20/18)4
- Man transitioning to woman killed herself in Cape City Jail in June; news comes from architect's pitch in Kansas (2/15/18)2
- As February winds down, Chaffee looking forward to reopening of ice cream shop (2/21/18)1
- Pence gets it right in response to attack on Christian faith (2/17/18)12
- Cape Girardeau businessman proposes redevelopment project; seeks taxing district to fund improvements (2/17/18)16
- Scott City puts school on lockdown; officials say alleged threat 'not credible' (2/21/18)2
- Local foodies share most romantic places (2/22/18)
- Missouri governor indicted on invasion of privacy charge (2/23/18)6
Many Cape Girardeau residents who aren't students appreciate the slowdown that occurs when the student population at Southeast Missouri State University decreases during the summer. The press of traffic eases and lines are shorter at the movie theaters -- except for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
But some businesses lose thousands of student customers in the summer and have to find ways to compensate.
Some offer extra specials. Others accept that they'll have to bear a reduction in revenue for a few months. They'll do much better come September.
Two studies by the university's Harrison College of Business in 2003 estimated student spending at more than $51 million from September through May. Almost $10 million of that amount is spent on rent, dining out and alcohol. Students spend another $4.3 million on fuel and $1.8 million on cell phone use.
Life in a college town has all kinds of advantages. Southeast students and faculty add much to the region's cultural climate. Their impact on the area's economy is considerable as well.