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Pass/Fail: Lower printing prices start the semester off right; Baker’s explanations lack transparency

By Angela L. Pagan | January 17, 2017

Pass:The spring 2017 semester begins with at least one positive change for students–lower printing prices. In 2016 NIU changed its printing system to a pay-as-you-go method which cost students 7 cents to print black and white pages and 25 cents to print...

Last Day to take Printing Survey

By Northern Star staff | January 25, 2016

Today is the last day to take the NIU printing survey. The Division of Information Technology and the Student Association have asked the campus to participate in a voluntary online survey to gauge the printing needs of the NIU community in an effort...

Sophomore sociology major Laura Commings uses a printer Wednesday in Founders Memorial Library. Students will have their $7-per-semester printing subsidy, which was set to end this spring, extended for one year.

$7-per-semester printing subsidy to return for 1 year

By Satta Kendor | April 27, 2015

Sophomore sociology major Laura Commings uses a printer Wednesday in Founders Memorial Library. Students will have their $7-per-semester printing subsidy, which was set to end this spring, extended for one year.

Pass/Fail: NIU apps save students cash; Not all get equal printing rights

By Mohammed Taha Faridi | October 1, 2014

Pass: NIU apps save students cashEngineering students are aware of the exorbitant price of genuine software these days.Buying genuine software for personal or corporate use is something that’s not easy for students. Technical students, especially engineering...

Petition calls for more printing for students

By Lauren Cliffe | September 29, 2014

More than 220 people have signed an online petition to return the campus’ student printing limit to $14.Amanda Shaffer, a senior elementary education major who posted the petition on Change.org, said many students have already used their $7 of printing...

Pass/Fail: University’s Anywhere Printing a godsend; Quit blaring music inside MLK Commons

By Carl Nadig | September 17, 2014

Pass: University’s Anywhere Printing a godsendI’m grateful I don’t have to participate in “the waiting game” anymore. The objective of the game was simple: be the first one to the printer.Before Anywhere Printing, all university computers were...

Latrice Tillis, sophomore accounting major, prints from the Neptune computer lab.

New printing quota has cut costs for NIU

By Gino Hernaiz | November 27, 2012

The printing quota at NIU has managed to decrease costs for the university. Charles Schumann, ITS manager and administrative coordinator, said printing costs at NIU have fallen by 40 percent. Campus-wide efforts to reduce the costs of printing through...

Printing cap questioned at University Council meeting

By Felix Sarver | September 13, 2012

Frustration with the new printing cap and concerns with student safety were raised at the University Council meeting Wednesday. Austin Quick, Student Association (SA) Senate speaker, said the SA has heard about 15 to 20 students complaining about the...

A pile of papers sit on a printer at the Douglas computer lab in 2011.

New printing service available

By Northern Star Staff | September 12, 2012

A new printing service is available this fall at NIU, according to an NIU Today article. The Anywhere Printing service students can install software on their home computer or mobile device, which will allow them to send print jobs to any of the newly-posted...

NIU’s printing policy doesn’t make sense

By Jack Baker | October 2, 2011

I hate NIU's policy that allows students to only print one copy of a document at a time in the computer labs on campus.It is just annoying, and because it is so easy to get around, it serves no purpose.I have forgotten about the rule multiple times and...

A pile of papers sit on a printer at the Douglas computer lab in 2011.

Everybody prints and that’s how the university plans to keep it

By Kyla Gardner | January 31, 2011

DeKALB | NIU is the only university in Illinois or the Mid-America Conference that offers unlimited free printing, a benefit that students will enjoy for some time to come. The Computing Facilities Advisory Committee was considering implementing a fee...

An open letter to save free printing at NIU

By Taurean Small | November 16, 2010

Dear NIU Computing Facilities Advisory Committee,As a Huskie at NIU, I am highly disgruntled by your proposal to charge students to use the printers on campus. In fact, I cannot recall a time where I have been more upset. Do you understand that you are...