- City suspends liquor license for downtown Cape bar; owners say they want to fix problems (3/26/17)7
- Harbor Freight Tools store coming to Cape (3/29/17)9
- Mall aboard: Future requires evolution at West Park Mall (3/24/17)24
- Cape school board rejects proposal to allow parochial-school students to play sports (3/28/17)81
- Ragsdale to replace Farrow as principal at Franklin Elementary (3/29/17)5
- Former Southeast softball coach sues Board of Regents; seeks damages and her job back (3/23/17)15
- 'Construction with finesse' (3/26/17)2
- Chaffee district seeks bond issue for classrooms, property (3/26/17)4
- Suspended Southeast student pleads guilty to firearm charge from fatal Carbondale shooting (3/28/17)1
- Wide array of candidates run for Cape school board (3/27/17)7
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.