The buzz on bookbags – considering the benefits and drawbacks




By Richard Larson, Opinion Editor

Two-strapping or one-strapping? This debate has troubled Mavericks for years. Pop culture has poked fun at this serious problem, as it was presented in “21 Jump Street.” This problem sparks further concern, as students have several choices regarding the desired mode of book and laptop transportation. For starters, the classic backpack is a timeless piece. The longevity of the bag will give a great return on your investment. It can be classy
with L.L. Bean embroidery, or trashy if it’s a hand-me-down from your older punk-rock sis. Traditional backpacks offer dozens of features such as skateboard straps, drink holsters, spring-loaded straps and even built-in bluetooth speakers. Again, the downfall is how to properly wear it. Should it be the clichéd look of a college student from the movies, or two-strapping neck-snapping approach? Those worried about ergonomics and the future life of their doomed vertebrae should turn to the more mobile option. Essentially a box on wheels with a retractable handle, a roller-bookbag is an option that is often looked down upon. Yes, it arguably fits in under the luggage family and you might get some jealous looks. Think about that load being taken off your shoulders, or the guaranteed hand and eye coordination improvements. This option may leave you on the fence, but put
a little WD-40 on those wheel bearings and you will be surfing to class in no time. The messenger bag is another way of hauling your academic goodies. Also known as a murse, the shoulder strap crosses the body in a tight fashion. If you are one that admires cashmere or chiffon, you will likely experience severe wrinkling or fraying of the fabric. The messenger bag is a great for those on the go, as the bag rests at your side and has easy access to its contents. An honorable mention goes to the drawstring bag. While it is common with athletes or those attending class with no desire for organization, the bag offers little comfort and minimal stylistic options. Sure it’s a great weekend bag or when you go out balling, but I simply can’t give my blessing to this academically suicidal choice of book transport. Finally, we have the briefcase. Popularized by Mr. Rogers or editor-in-chiefs of newspapers, this style is more common among the old soles. Cognac leather is often a popular color-material combo and will class up any wardrobe selection. Downfalls include low cargo space and the need to always be carried rather than worn. Hopefully this breakdown of bookbags clears up some rumors on campus. Forget what others will think of you, just go for what you feel comfortable wearing or wheeling. Remember that one-strapping may not be as cool as the media portrays it to be, and that insurance isn’t a bad idea if you choose to dawn the roller- bookbag. If only it were as easy as paper or plastic!