Benedictine’s Efforts to Save Paper

by Therese Porod


BenU is taking action against printing large sums of paper by indirectly charging students for using university printers.

“For the first six months of this year, approximately 1,300,000 pages were printed in the student labs. At $.05 per page cost to the University this comes to approximately $65,000 and about 16 trees,” explained Randy Williams, the chief information technology officer.

“One student printed 13,000 pages in one month,” stated Williams. He continued to say that this is one of the reasons printing has grown as a concern over the years and needed to be addressed. Thus, Benedictine took this action in order to bring it to the attention of all students.

Williams explained that when a student prints a document in any part of the student labs and classrooms, a notification regarding the cost of the print will pop-up on the screen. The cost is a nickel per page. However, the students’ prints will be charged indirectly through their fees and tuition.

“We will not be charging to start with. At the beginning, this is just an informational message and all cost will continue to come from tuition and fees. We have looking at 500 printed pages per semester, but this decision has not been finalized,” said Williams.

“I think this is great! I think this is a good incentive to keep printing reasonable. I think the intention is to allow a certain number of free prints, but then over that number students will be charged. All students are paying with tuition for the expense of the printing because some students were abusing the privilege,” stated Dr. Jean-Marie Kauth, professor and environmentalist at Benedictine.

“This is something that Benedictine has been working on putting into effect for several years to use as awareness to the students,” explained Williams, which is already taking effect on the reactions of many students.

There seems to be mixed feelings among students in response to the changes.

“I do not see the printer charges as a big deal. My high school charged students for printing, as an effort to conserve paper and go green. Since the environment is important to Benedictine, I can see why this is a good idea,” said Claire Kositzky, sophomore at BenU.

“The charges won’t really affect the students unless they overuse the printers. It causes the students to think about how much they are about to print before actually doing so,” states Stacey Brandstatter, junior at Benedictine.

Other students, however, are not as enthusiastic.

“It’s disappointing that we’re all being charged and our tuition is being raised just because a few students ruined it by printing too much last year,” said sophomore Hannah Shepherd.

Another student, junior Leena Hamadeh, said that she wouldn’t mind the changes if teachers would simply decrease the amount of paper required for their classes. “A lot of us don’t just print random stuff. All the things we print are directly related to what we need in class,” she said.

With the world becoming more technology-oriented and the environment getting increasingly destroyed, students are encouraged to use their resources while being conscious of their printer usage.

Benedictine is committed to stewardship. With the new system in place, the university hopes to show how it is taking a stand to be environment friendly.