Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2012 14:10
Megan Elliott / Central Florida Future
The SGA Express Print Lab will be relocating to an available space in the Student Union, formerly occupied by the UCF Computer Store.
Since the opening of the Student Government Association print lab in the late 1980s, the lab has expanded and advanced with the latest technologies. The original print lab consisted of a few typewriters and wasn’t entirely free. SGA now offers free printing services to students in the SGA Computer Lab and the Express Print Lab.
The first-floor SGA Express Print Lab will be relocating to an available space in the Student Union, formerly occupied by the UCF Computer Store.
Due to the popularity of the print lab, additional space is needed to accommodate the number of students who use it.
“We’ve become so popular with over 13,000 student visits a month and we’re taking this as an opportunity to expand in order to efficiently serve more students,” Theresa Mai, SGA computer lab manager, said.
The new Express Print Lab will continue to offer the same services that are currently provided. Aside from general remodeling and design, the only major change will be the addition of more computers and printers.
There are currently 14 computers and two printers in the Express Lab; after the relocation there will be 24 computers and four printers
The SGA Print Lab currently allows students to print 50 double-sided pages per week, which has proven sufficient for the average student.
“In my complex you can only print 10 pages. More often than not, for students, 10 pages is not going to get everything done that you need. The print lab can do front and back and they allow you to print a lot and I never reach my limit per week,” Jazmyne Hankerson, sophomore psychology major, said.
The newest addition to the Express Print Lab, which will continue in the spring, is wireless printing. During Express Lab hours, students now have the option to print from class, home or any other location. Instructions on how to utilize this service can be found on the SGA Computer Lab website, www.sgalab.ucf.edu.
Students have found the print lab to be resourceful and convenient. Many use it a number of times per week.
“I use the print lab every time I’m on campus. The lab is really convenient; the printing is free so it saves me a lot of money and time,” Julian Obando, senior finance major, said.
The new Express Print lab is expected to open spring 2013.