Let me answer my own question right now. It’s because they knew that if they told students they were even considering implementing a limit on free printing, shit would hit the fan and we would be on them as quick as we were on them about the new media policy last year. So, instead of having that happen, they tracked our printing last year by making us log into the print tracking system, GoPrint, and if you asked anyone if we were going to start getting charged for printing, they would insist we weren’t.
But that was a lie too. In fact, many student workers at the library or the printing labs knew that the college was going to, or were considering charging for printing, but were told by faculty to tell students that asked that tracking was simply for “research.”
The worst part is, Ithaca College acts like every department requires the same amount of papers to be printed. It doesn’t matter if you’re vocal performance or screenwriting, you get $10.00.
Hey, thanks for the crumb.
The college will tell you all about its new print management program, and how they’re doing it to be so environmentally friendly because Ithaca is gorges and whatnot. They’ll also tell you about the research they’ve done about how much paper students actually need on average, how sustainable this will make us and how you get a whole 142 double-sided pages!
Yeah well, I’ll remember your generosity as I’m pumping more money into my ID Express to pay for the 20 copies of my 60-page Bob’s Burgers fan-fiction … I mean script.
Personally, I think we pay enough to attend this college that we should be able to print whatever we damn well please.
By the way, if you’re feeling inclined to express your anger about this policy but don’t have an outlet like Buzzsaw to do so, may I suggest the comment box right here? http://www.ithaca.edu/its/general/printmgmt/