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Senators discuss campus technology

Senators on the technology fee committee brought concerns forward to Senate at its meeting Monday.

The technology fee committee, in previous years, did not have a revolving account, but now, fees roll over from year to year. Because of this, the committee has the potential to save for bigger and better projects, according to Jacob Karmazin, Senate president.

The committee is considering ways to reduce paper use and printing costs.

“I feel like CSC is behind in the technology race. We still do a lot of things on paper,” Karmazin said.

“I’ve gone to the High Rise lab and seen people print the most random crap off,” Morgan Nelson, senator at large, said.

Nelson suggested a system implemented by some schools, where students’ printer usage is monitored via a card-reader method.

Nick Brening, senator for the school of B.E.A.M.S.S., who sat on last year’s technology committee, gave some perspective to the issue.

He said that last fall, the technology committee had around of $150,000 in its fund, with half of the money going toward operations and upkeep costs, which include paying for printing.

Brening put the total cost of printing for the 2009-10 school year between $10,000 – $15,000, around four percent of the current budget.

“I think it’s really nice to have the freedom to print what I want to print,” he said.

The current figure for the committee’s fund is about $350,000, according to Karmazin.

Travis Doht, senator at large, said that the committee is going through costs to set a network up for those wishing to use campus printers directly from their laptops.

Doht said that funding for open computer labs, like those in the Math and Science building, may decrease.

“As long as I’m paying my current technology fees, I don’t want computers taken out. If anything, I want more,” Jacob Zitterkopf, senator at large, said.

According to Doht, the committee does not necessarily plan on taking computers out of labs, but using what is currently in place, without further upgrades.

“I don’t know how it’s going to curve, I just know we won’t take them all out all at once,” Doht said.

Ashley Maxon, treasurer and chair of the key fob committee, distributed a survey to senators to review before it is given to students leaving for Thanksgiving break.

Christine Aye, CAB president, said she asked representatives at the Nov. 9 meeting about the ongoing discussion concerning key fobs and a possible 24-hour lockdown.

“I asked again, and they didn’t say anything, so I don’t know what they’re thinking,” Aye said.

Doht said that free plants are still available in the greenhouse.

Though plants can be picked up anytime the greenhouse is open, “The plants get really pissed off when it’s cold, so try to get it on a day when it’s 50 degrees,” Doht said.

Senate voted unanimously to approve the Media Analysis and Activism Club, or MAAC.

Goals of MAAC include creating a forum for students of media, both on campus and on a larger scale, according to T.J. Thomson, club president.

The club is also interested in creating subcommittees that would reach out to minority groups on campus, as well as bringing speakers and movie screenings to students, Thomson said.

Zitterkopf also spoke about hours of the Student Center. Currently, the building closes at 10 p.m., but if students expressed sufficient interest, hours could be extended to 11 p.m.

Correction

This article originally stated that Brening said the total cost of printing was half of the $150,000 fall budget. The Eagle regrets this error.

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