Printers in residence halls create convenience for students

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    Some students won't have to run to the library for last-minute printing need thanks to newly installed printer stations in select residence halls as the school year kicks off.

    Moncrief, Waits and the recently opened Marion and Clark Halls feature printer stations in their lobbies for students to use around the clock.

    The pilot project, which hopes to eventually install printer stations in every dorm on campus, is a joint effort conducted by TCU Housing & Residence Life and Student Government Association.

    The two bodies funded the initiative and, based on student response, could expand it to other halls.

    Lauren Sharp, SGA vice president of operations, described the additions as the organization’s response to high student interest in dorm printers in the 2013 “Improve TCU Survey.”

    Sharp said the idea was originally brought to TCU Housing & Residential Life by SGA.

    "Craig Allen and Housing and Residential Life did all the work in terms of ordering and implementing the printers in the actual residential halls," she said.

    Director of TCU Housing & Residence Life Craig Allen said the placement of printer stations in Moncrief and Waits Residence Halls will be a great test for the success of the project.

    "The two [residence halls] are in opposite corners of the campus with freshmen populations, and, of course, the new buildings have different populations," Allen said.

    The printers in the new Worth Hills halls now have paper and are usable, while the stations at Moncrief and Waits Halls are still waiting on SGA to supply paper.

    Adam Powell, a sophomore music education major and resident of Clark Hall, said he is happy with the new printer stations.

    “I’ve had lots of situations where I had to walk across the campus to the library," Powell said. "It’s going to be very convenient thing for everyone at the hall."

    Aaron Schmidt, a freshman political science major and resident of Moncrief Hall, said, “I think that it should be standard in all dorms, and it could never hurt to have easy-to-use and convenient printers.”

    In regards to the possibility of an expansion of the project, Allen says he's hopeful.

    “We think this is a good idea, and if we think it can be continued or expanded, we’ll explore that option," he said. "We’ll hear more as the semester goes on."