Many changes were made on campus over the summer with little notice to new and returning Geneseo students. One of the most upsetting alterations was the removal of printers from residence halls and Milne Library, which is a major inconvenience to students. The printers should be returned to deter this disruption to students’ academic life.
Part of tuition includes a fee of $235 for technology, according to the Geneseo website. This fee covers both wired and wireless networks along with computer labs. Some of the wireless networks covered in this fee are direct and cloud printing. All students need access to both in order to print throughout the entire campus.
On the same note, these wireless printers only go to academic buildings and dining halls. This restricts the student body’s work ethic and may potentially harm their grades.
The on-campus computer labs confine students to a certain time that they can print their work. Students would be better off buying their own printer unless 24-hour print stations across campus were suddenly offered.
Some students, like chemistry major sophomore Anthony Mena, have expressed major concerns over the new printing situation on-campus.
“I had to run all over campus from Letchworth Dining Hall to the Union then finally to the library in order to print something out for the Student Expo at 11 p.m. at night,” Mena said.
In college, one of the first things a student learns is how to deal with the newfound independence and freedom. Whether students want to stay up all night doing work or want to stay in their residence halls due to harsh weather conditions, it should be their decision. With the limited location of printers on-campus, however, they do not have that same freedom.
In the past, there was no time restriction on when printing was available since students could access printers and computers within their residence halls. The changes to library computers and printing came after a year of discussion and planning, according to Milne Business Manager Ryann Lindsay.
The decision to remove the printers from residence halls likely followed the same timeline, meaning there should have been plenty of time to notify students.
Several students prefer to go back to their dorms after class rather than staying in the academic building to do work or hang out. To help assist students and their schedules, the college should have provided advanced notice so Geneseo students could have brought their own printers if they wished to do so.
Beyond all of the ways the decision has inconvenienced students, many people have also struggled to find and use the current printers.
Biochemistry major junior Alyssa Collazo expressed that she walked into the library for the first time this year and could not find the printers. She left the library empty-handed and had to go find a printer somewhere else.
Adolescent education mathematics major sophomore Sophia Lozinski started a petition on Geneseo Speaks on Sept. 3 to bring back the printers and the goal was met within a day. Currently the petition has more than 100 signatures. Clearly, many students are upset over this issue.
The administration’s attempts to improve the college shouldn’t be squandered, however, it is crucial to consider the students and their ease of living when major decisions, like removing the printers, are made.
School work is difficult enough; printing it out doesn’t need to be complicated too.