New printing system introduced to CSUSM


Cody Cook

Students get their paws printed in Kellogg Library.

Ali Elston, Breaking News Reporter


Printing on campus has become easier and more versatile through CSUSM’s new system referred to as “Paw Print”.

Students are able to send documents from personal or off campus devices to on-campus printers. Printers will hold documents for 72 hours, filed under the student’s campus information. Access to these held documents requires only a swipe of the student ID card or the input of Campus ID and password information. If the document is no longer needed, it can be cancelled by waiting the 72 hours until it expires, or logging onto the print system and deleting it. If canceled, print costs will be refunded to the student or user.

“You can send anything from home, it’s so great!” said Candie Halstead, Director of User Support Services. Documents are sent to the printers via email, so they can be sent with ease.

Paw Print has extensive positive attributes for both students and faculty to utilize. Through Paw Print, printing has become more inexpensive. For black and white prints, the cost is now 12 cents per page and 25 cents per color page. Not only is it cheaper to print, but it is easier to load money onto printing accounts. Students can now use credit cards in addition to cash when loading money for print jobs.

If users prefer to use cash to pay for print jobs, pay stations are located in the Kellogg library on both the second and third floors, and also in the University Student Union (USU). Printers are located in virtually every building on campus including the Kellogg library, the USU, the University Village Apartments, The Quad and other halls.

Like most technology-based systems, Paw Print does have a glitch that occurs. Halstead explained that the pay stations do not take ‘old bills’. If anyone tries to use old or crumpled cash to load money for print jobs, the pay station will jam. If this issue occurs, users must contact the student help desk and get the jam resolved in order to continue.

“The machine is so high tech that it doesn’t take older dollars,” said Lorena Santiago, a junior on campus who experienced this jamming issue.

Paw Print is used not only on the CSUSM campus, but also at the Temecula location. The system was tested throughout the summer and was implemented in the middle of June.

The number of users nearly doubled between Sept. 2 and Sept. 5 and Halstead speculates that this number will continue to grow rapidly until mid semester.