Printing problems plague pupils

Students wait in line to print in the library at lunchtime during nals week.

While many Lincoln classes have adopted Google Classroom and other forms of online sharing websites, many teachers still rely on paper for tests, papers and readings.  

That means that students often find themselves waiting in  long lines and dealing with faulty printers in the library. There are two printers in the library with and five computers connected to one, and two to the other, for all of Lincoln’s 1,750 students.

Librarian Linda Doler is concerned with the issue and wants to improve the situation.

“Teachers can print wirelessly from their computers, but students cannot share this luxury,” says Doler.

Teachers have their own network that allows them these privileges. Lincoln students used to be able to print from their laptops, but with the addition of Chromebooks last year, they lost this ability.

Teachers may also have printers in their rooms, like in the publications classrooms, however, only teachers can print from these computers.

As a result, those students who cannot print at home or finish their assignments at school are left to deal with the troubles of long lines, and slow printing speeds.

Most students use time during break or lunch to print out important assignments, like sophomore Andre Gonzales.

“I have had difficulties printing every time, usually I hit the print button and nothing comes out of the printer,” says Gonzales.

There are solutions to this issue. Adding more computers that are capable of printing or bringing back cloudprint can reduce wait times and reduce students stress. Upgrading or adding more printers in the library could also work.

“I don’t think the problem is the amount of printers. I think that we need to increase the number of computers that can print, because all students should have access,” says Doler.