The Cooperative Bookshop merged with the College Bookstore.  The Co-op, an independent operation for 65 years selling texts for the Departments of Drama, English, Women’s Studies, Art and History, had faced financial difficulties in recent years, making “the merger more of a necessity than a choice,” according to Co-op Board Secretary Milton Welch ’99.   “The principle of the merger is a concern,” said Welch, “…However, the state of the situation has made it a question between maintaining what the Co-op stands for and [going out of business].”