Sunday, February 2, 2003

UC to charge students for paper

The first 100 pages of printouts each quarter are free

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

It seems that some University of Cincinnati students have been using computer labs as their own personal copy centers, printing out dozens of copies of resumes and other documents for free.

So, to manage the amount of paper used in order to keep costs low, officials are instituting a policy, effective Monday, requiring that UC students pay 7 cents per page of printouts over 100 pages each quarter.

The fee is to recoup the cost of paper used by students and was chosen as an alternative to increasing the student technology fee, which is $78 per quarter.

It pays for student access to the Internet, software and e-mail.

The UC identification card works like a debit card so students will be able to pay for printouts through that account.

Pradeek Negi, a graduate student in computer science who works in computer labs across campus, said the university should charge something because of all the paper that students waste.

"But 7 cents is too much," the 25-year-old from India said. "It pinches us. Maybe they could charge 2 or 3 cents."

For students ticked off about the fee, university officials say they either pay for paper or better software. They also offered this factoid:

About 2,831 trees are consumed by users of UC public printers in a year. If printing were reduced by 40 percent, 1,130 trees could be saved in that same span.


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