Printing policy changes
August 26, 2011
A specter that has long haunted Monmouth College may soon be vanishing: ghost printing. The college is trying to curb the phenomenon — marked by pages spewing from printers across campus from their computer of origin never to be collected — by capping free printing at 300 pages per semester. Additional printing will cost 6 cents per page.
“If something’s free, people think there’s no value,” said Daryl Carr, MC’s chief information officer. Carr hopes that as students become more aware of the cost of printing they may be more willing to trek across campus for their errant pages rather than printing again.
“We’re trying to be good stewards and conserve resources,” Carr said.
Not everyone is happy with the end of unlimited free printing.
“I feel that if we pay $ 35,000-plus to go to a private college, we should not have to pay to print,” said sophomore Justin Frye. Frye also expressed concern about exceeding the 300-page limit.
“As an active Greek member and a busy student, I use the campus printers frequently to print out papers and things for the fraternity,” said Frye.
According to Carr, 85 percent of students are unlikely to ever reach their free quota. Those who have to do a lot of printing for organizations may be able to obtain additional free printing credits by contacting their faculty adviser.
Last year, Monmouth printed approximately 970,000 pages spread between students, staff, faculty and organizations. Carr says over the past few years he has seen a downward trend in the number of pages printed as students, staff and faculty become used to doing more tasks electronically.
Students concerned that they may be among the 15 percent that print over 300 pages per semester can keep track of the number of pages printed online at: https://apps.monmouthcollege.edu/gen/prnacct/.
The Information Systems Center also recommends that students can cut down on their printing by printing on both sides of a page, and doing their reading on the computer rather than on print outs.