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Increased printing prices aim to promote sustainability

Printing prices for Ohio University students have increased since the last year by two cents.

The increase is for single-sided black and white pages. The rate for these pages used to be three cents and is now five cents per page. This was the only increase in printing rates this year.

Sean O’Malley, OU’s information technology communications manager, said this increase in printing rates a way to promote sustainability, as students will now be more likely to print their papers double-sided and save paper.

“Choosing double-sided printing for multi-page documents consumes less paper, generates less waste, and costs less than single-sided printing,” O’Malley said in an email. “Most users are already accustomed to double-sided printing.”

Even though most students already print double-sided, the change was still not welcomed by all.

“I'm not sure how I feel about it,” Hams Kashoob, a junior studying biology, said in an email. “But I feel it will not [be] that convenient for many students.” 

Some students are upset by the change, as printing is one of the many other costs associated with going to college or need to print a lot of papers for their major.

“I think it’s stupid,” Sarah Born, an undecided freshman, said. “I think that printing should be free. With the amount of money we give this school per semester, it should be free.”

The price change may not affect every student on campus. Born, like some students, opted to bring her own printer to avoid paying printing costs.

“I didn’t want to pay to print, so might as well bring your own printer,” Born said.

O’Malley said the university is not planning any more printing price increases. For students who want to cut down on their printing costs, there are a couple tactics they can utilize.

“In terms of saving money, a suggested, sustainable best practice is to go electronic and avoid printing altogether,” O’Malley said. “When that’s not an option, students can save money on longer documents by choosing a black and white printer and printing double-sided.” 


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