By Shanieka Perrier |Staff Writer|
I think using the Learning Center to print papers is better than using the Pfau Library, Jack Brown Hall and SMSU’s Cross Cultural Center. The advantage is it is cheaper to print there than anywhere else on campus.
I used to think that the Learning Center should go paperless. When I went to find out why they haven’t, I discovered it’s cheaper not to go paperless. Surprising, right?
It’s better for them to use a paper system and not the card-swiping machines because using the machines is costly. Printing was once 10 cents per page everywhere. But due to the maintenance cost they raised the price to 15 cents per page which is more money out of the students’ pockets.
If you have ever forgotten your student ID card, you know you’re out of luck if you needed to print something. Sometimes making sure to have cash on hand is the best method.
I’m always looking for the best deals and I think the Learning Center in University Hall room 361 offers the best prices because they take the students into consideration.
“The UH [Learning] Center is just another resource center trying to make it affordable for the students as much as possible,” said Tutoring Program Coordinator, David Reyes.
All of the money received in the Learning Center goes towards funding paper, toner, and maintaining computers if they break down, according to Reyes. I think this is good news for students.
The Learning Center uses cards that are available for purchase in $1, $3, and $5 increments. These cards have individual boxes that indicate how many pages students can print out.
For example, a $3 card will allow a student to print out 30 pages plus an additional free three pages. Stephen Wentworth, the information technology consultant for the Learning Center, makes the cards right here on campus which cuts down on costs.
The Learning Center buys the paper from the book store, makes the cards, and issues them out for sale to the students. The cost to print in black and white in other places on campus is 15 cents per page and 45 cents to print in color.
Now consider how pricey this may become when you have to print 10 page papers for one class, five papers for the next and four pages for another. I have found that printing in the Learning Center offers the best deal on campus.
If you buy a dollar card you get 10 cents per page for 10 pages, which is cheaper than the other printing locations. But it gets even better. If you buy a $5 card, you get an additional ten free pages as a bonus.
Most students buy the $1 card but eventually end up spending $5 worth on printing. It would be to their advantage to buy the $5 card, according to Cynthia Linton, an assistant for the Learning Center.
As college students, we’re loaded with tons of assignments and not always able to print these assignments from home. We often rely on the school resource centers.
How much better would it be if Jack Brown Hall, the Pfau Library, Cross Cultural Center and all the other printing centers used this method? If you’re not sure, just ask your wallet.