Let the Kids Print: The Missing Face of Colby?

By Emily Price

Courtesy of Ethan Schuler

Every Colby student knows that waiting in line to use one of the two computers in Pulver Pavilion and harassing the desk staffer at the Info Desk to please refill the printers is way faster than actually walking the whole two minutes to Miller to use one of its many printers, especially when you’ve waited until the last possible second to print out that reading for class. But what happens when someone interferes with the most stable relationship in your life? Colby students would know.

Imagine that you have five minutes before class and you still need to print out that essay that’s due. You pack up your belongings from your table at the Spa and head over to the computers in Pulver Pavilion, quite pleased with yourself over how perfectly you have timed your print. But alas, the printer is gone. Your lifeline is mysteriously no longer in the place you have always known it to be. Panic sets in. You head to the overseer at the Info Desk: “Where is the printer? Can I no longer print my assignment?” But, of course, it’s bad news.

This nightmare was a 24- hour reality for students at Colby during the first week of school. Without printers in Pulver Pavilion, students were left with no option but to actually prepare their materials for class the night before. Frustrated students swarmed the Info Desk, with lines to use the Info Desk computer rumored to reach up to four or five people long.

According to desk staffer Ella Hommeyer ’20, “There were a bunch of students that came up to me with questions about what happened to the printer. They usually asked if they could connect the computers to the Info Desk printer, but I don’t think they do. Sometimes they would just print from the Info Desk computer if they had time.”

The question is, why? After speaking with a few folks at ITS, Info Desk overseer Danielle Hague attributes the mystery of the missing printers to the fact that “there are several printers on campus that were printing for several email accounts that were not Colby accounts and the one by the student mailroom was one of them.”

But Hague wouldn’t let this setback ruin Pulver Pavilion’s reputation for the rest of the year. Hague handled the situation like any hero would: “I explained that the printer was super important to students and that not having it there would ultimately place more work on the Info Desk printer. I convinced them to bring it back, but can’t guarantee that it might not be missing again one day.”

There is no doubt that this printer mishap tested Colby students in a way that only the inability to print something in Pulver Pavilion could. Through critical thinking and sheer mental strength, Colby students persevered. One might even say that this fiasco brought the community closer together. And better yet, the printers are back and all is right in Pulver Pavilion again.

To prove it, the Echo went into the field to confirm that students can really once again print from Pulver. The printer was physically there, but this wasn’t enough proof to satisfy the campus-wide concern. After a quick sign-in to my Colby email, I clicked “Print” and waited. A soft hum surprised my ears and I knew my mission was a success. For anyone reading this as a way to procrastinate making that last-minute print before class, take comfort in knowing you can procrastinate confidently.