An eight-dollar, 100-page printing limit – that’s all students at Emporia State get for free, starting this semester.
A new printing policy has come into effect at ESU. Available through “Sky Services,” students will be able to send documents to various printers around campus directly from their personal computers.
However, all other additional printing that goes over the limit must be paid for out-of-pocket. If a student does not have money in their SkyPrint account, they cannot use any campus printing services.
I understand that the institution needs to cut costs in certain areas in order to keep it running. I understand the want to conserve and use less paper for the sake of the environment.
But, just the other day, as an English major and creative writing minor, the absurdity of this new policy hit me.
I had to print off 18 copies of a poem for one of my classes. I printed them not for my own sake, but as requirement for a class assignment – a fair portion of my grade.
It cost me $1.44.
At that moment, I was paying for that grade – adding to the cost of a class which I am already paying to take. This was just a poem. I shudder to think how much I’ll have to pay to pass the class when we have to start printing short stories.
I was bitterly relieved that this policy wasn’t around last year when printed copies of a short-story eventually totaled 144 pages.
It’s not just creative writing or language students that suffer under this new rule – though after an acquaintance admitted to having already paid around $30 to print some class-essential articles, it’s clear they suffer a great deal.
Really, any student who has a class that requires articles to be read, annotated, and discussed is being forced to pay for their grade.
Every field of study requires its students to print things they’ve either written themselves or have read to bring to class. Those first 100 will still go far too quickly, forcing students – already either thousands of dollars in debt or digging deep into their own pockets to live through their education – to shell out more bills to take the classes they want to take.
There’s a white board in the library, now nearly dyed red by the outrage of the student body at having to pay for their grade. They call for the abolishment of pay-for-printing. They should be heeded.