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Printing credit runs out for many

Students frantically look for ways to print assignments

By Helena Cassam

Sophomore Matthew Morin ran out of printing credit weeks ago but has gotten help from many friends to get his papers turned in on time

Sophomore Matthew Morin ran out of printing credit weeks ago but has gotten help from many friends to get his papers turned in on time

Due to policy changes from last year’s over-budget printing fees, many students have found themselves out of printing credit. Beginning partly through the year, students started to run out of pages and had to print from home or another student’s’ account.


Sophomore Matthew Morin prints daily for classes like Sophomore Language Arts, Contemporary Global Issues, or Biology and has run into a lot of problems printing homework for classes due to his lack of printing money.


“I have to admit, not having prints right now has been super inconvenient,” said Morin. “I’ve been late turning things in, or have gotten late grades for them. I’ve gotten used to using friends or other people’s ID’s.”


Junior Brynne Hunt was also caught cutting it close to a deadline for a project but got by using a friend’s ID number.


“8:58, Cook project due 9 am, halfway through printing, my account ran out of money halfway through! I freaked out I didn’t know what to do,” said Hunt. “I ran to a friend who let me print on theirs, ran to the printer, pushed staff members off the printer and got my project in on time. I just wish it would have let me print the whole thing or let me know I was about to run out of credit.”


Hunt has seen some students run out of copies, frantically using random ID’s they find in order to get assignments in and save their grade.


“I have heard these other students are doing some sketchy things,” said Hunt. “Some people have been using ID’s they find at the printer or on Skype for Business, which is just so unethical.”


Though many students get friends to lend their IDs, others resort to malicious tactics to get their assignments in on time.


“I have always asked a friend if they can print for me first,” said Morin, “but I have seen other people using random people’s accounts without them knowing, which sucks.”


On the other hand, some students, like junior Danil Gossen, have been helping out friends by letting people print on their account.


“I can print but have been asked numerous amounts of times to print for someone: many seniors and a lot of juniors too,” said Gossen. “It’s out of my way for sure, but I don’t mind much.”


Until recently, upperclassmen humanities teacher Marcie Wombold hadn’t seen students run into significant printing issues.


“I have not had any student express that any homework assignment was late or missed because of printing,” said Wombold, “although [recently] when we were printing for our posters that became a significant impediment for some of the groups to finish their projects on time. So, that became an issue for my students today not before, at least for my class.”


Wombold feels there is a degree of complexity to the printing issues that may need more investigation.


“I think that we don’t actually understand how much students should be printing,” said Wombold. “The number that they’re getting cut off at, is it because they’re printing things for fun or is it because the teachers ask for more than what the administration thinks they should be [printing]?”


Printing requirements vary from class to class, making it difficult for teachers and administration to gauge how much printing students should have paid for. Some teachers, like Wombold, try and use alternate methods to turn in assignments like Google Docs, Dropbox or OneNote.


“I think that it’s misunderstood,” said Wombold. “I don’t actually understand how many things over the course of a semester a student is asked to print, so I don’t know whether I’m asking for more or less than the norm. I try to do a lot via Dropbox.”



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