» By MADELYN FOX- mfox9@my.apsu.edu

Papa John’s relationship with APSU just keeps getting better.

Not only did Papa John’s Pizza open a store in the APSU food court in the fall of 2010, but the pizzeria, also a corporate sponsor for APSU Athletics, is now offering APSU students, alumni, faculty and staff a 20 percent discount on all online orders.

Customers are merely required to enter the promo code APSU303 during their online checkout and will receive the discount on their order, 5 percent of which goes right back into the APSU Athletics department.

Steve Shaw, director of Corporate Relations at APSU, explained the 5 percent will go to a variety of different aspects of the athletics program at the discretion of Athletics Director David Loos.

This could take the form of anything from facilities upkeep and repair to academic resources for APSU athletes who are struggling with classes.

The inspiration for this discount reward program came from Papa John’s, who wanted to do something slightly different with their sponsorship this year.

As they entered into discussions with Shaw and the Office of University Advancement about continuing that sponsorship, they suggested the 20 percent discount as a more visible way of giving back to the students and 5 percent back to the Athletics program. The discount is intended to simultaneously strengthen their relationship with the general APSU community.

The 5 percent donation generated from the discounted sales is received as a monthly payback to APSU.

According to Sunny Restuccio, general manager at the Madison Street store, they have similar arrangements with several other Montgomery County Schools, all using the online ordering system to eliminate confusion and errors in computing.

Want a free pizza? Keep a lookout for Papa John’s representatives at upcoming athletic events where they will be handing out cards explaining their new points rewards program, which is already responsible for giving away around 400 free pizzas. Instituted in October, this particular deal lets customers earn points towards a free pizza while still receiving other student discounts on those orders.

Papa John’s has instituted several other programs designed to benefit APSU students, namely the $8 large 1-topping pizza deal, which is redeemable only at their Madison Street location with the online code APSU8.

Papa John’s is also one of the businesses featured on the StudyMasters discount card, offering a large 1-topping pizza for carryout at $6.99 and a large 1-topping pizza for delivery at $7.99.

The StudyMasters discount is redeemable at all four Clarksville locations.

More information on these and other daily specials can be found at www.facebook.com/papajohnspizzaMadisonSt.APSU. TAS