By Karen Cherkas’16 and Jesus Patino’16
The library printing limit minimizes the number of pages students can print to five by making them put in their pin numbers when they have to print.
Librarian, Ms. Emily Cornell explained, “There’s a printing limit because kids take advantage. Sometimes students print things that they don’t actually need. We also need to be resourceful.”
The school has a limited budget, where a lot of money is spent on ink and paper. There are over 4,000 students in the school. If every student printed 5 pages each, that’s about 20,000 sheets of paper used by the school library each day.
However, some students may have a limited budget too, and may not have access to a printer at home. Some also save assignments till last minute and may do their work at school.
“Students are welcome to print whenever before and after school,” said Ms. Cornell. “If they need extra prints, I’ll be glad to give it to them as long as they stay on school tasks.”
Anna Truong’16 said, “It’s understandable that the library has a printing limit. There are so many students in the school and if the library allowed everyone to print freely, the school would be spending even more money on printing supplies.”
Brianna Guillaume’16 said, “I think it makes sense since Midwood is a school of about 4,000 kids, so there’s a lot of students who need to print homework.”
However, some students disagree with this printing limit.
Thurman Truong’16, who visits the library often, said, “Many students have to print packets for classes, and some don’t have a printer at home, so it’s unfair that the printing in school is limited.”
Josh Pilipovsky’16 said, “The printing limit has greatly affected my ability to better my education in this school because it limits the amount of material I can print for classes, which thereby limits the amount that I learn.”
Since Midwood has many rigorous classes to take, some of those classes may involve more printing than others.
Kenny Gene Malasarte’16 stated, “It has affected me because I have about 25 pages to print for AP Biology, so five pages isn’t enough.”
There are some ways to get around the printing limit, such as asking your friends for their pins so you can use their prints.
Guillaume stated, “It (the printing limit) really affects my friends because they ask me for my printing code, but I don’t have a problem with it.”
Many believe that there are ways to make the printing limit more flexible.
“If it’s possible to extend it to a greater number of pages, then it should be,” said Guillaume.
Joel Arulanantham’16 said, “Students should be able to save and use prints that weren’t used up already to increase the number of pages they can print when they really need it.”