As a commuter student, junior Kyle Clark sees at least one major bonus to the new network of printers installed on campus this past summer.
He can rely on them when he can’t print from home.
“If I’m in my apartment and my printer breaks, what else am I going to do,” Clark said.
Computer Information Services took over printing at Seattle Pacific about a year ago, and this summer they installed 78 new printers on campus that are “networkable,” according to David Tindall, the assistant vice president for technology services.
That means students can print on any of the 14 new on-campus printers reserved for them (the rest are for faculty and staff) by swiping their SEA-PAC passes or entering their SPU username and password.
Students can also send print jobs from their own computers or any computer on campus. They can then print at places like Eaton, Weter, McKenna, Otto Miller and Peterson Halls, the Student Union Building, the library, the Art Center, or the Bertona classrooms.
“We tried to put them in places where students gather,” said Tindall, who was in charge of putting the new printers on campus. Before CIS, University Services managed on-campus printing.
Printing on the new machines is also cheaper this year, going from 10 cents per page to 4 cents per page for black and white, and from 49 cents to 10 cents to print one page in color.
Tindall estimates that it costs 25 cents for students to print one page on their own printers.
The new printers can print double sided, in black and white or color, and can print on up to a 12’ x 18’ sheet of paper. On top of printing, they can also scan and copy, and some can send faxes.
“We hope that it is easy,” Tindall said. “And there is also a bunch of information on the CIS webpage for help.”
Tindall said that this is also the first year that on-campus printing is focused on students, not just faculty and staff.
Students, faculty and staff can look up their printing history, along with each cost, online. Scanning is also free on all the new printers.
Undergraduate students receive a $5 printing quota each quarter that is built into their technology fee. For graduate students, the technology fee is part of their tuition.
If students run through their quota, they can use debit dollars, just like last year.
Senior David Hoppe, who works in the library, said these new printers are easier to use than the old ones on campus last year.
“It’s cheaper, faster and more accessible than the system of yesteryear,” he said in an email. “It’s also more secure, since you only have access to your own print jobs. No one can see what they are, and there’s less chance of someone else [accidentally] taking your prints.”
And for Clark, these new printers are more than just an easy solution for a broken printer at home. He hopes the new printers are a sign of further improvements to the SPU campus.
“I was happy to see SPU investing in technological improvements as technology and the access to it becomes more and more important in our lives,” he said.