Technicians put together a better, faster copier while students line up to use the older, slower models. The new self-serve copiers will produce twice as many copies per minute.

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CopyRite spares the trees

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New copiers will be faster and print on both sides

By Lora Markova

Ryerson environmentalists can sigh with relief. Last week, the university’s student government announced a plan that might save a few trees.

RyeSAC is buying or leasing $75,000 worth of new equipment to improve the services of CopyRite, Ryerson’s student-run copy shop.

The contract between CopyRite and Xerox for the self-serve photocopiers around campus has expired, and RyeSAC has used the opportunity to replace the equipment. Among other things, the new copiers have an option to print on both sides of the paper, which should save some trees, said CopyRite manager Richard DeVisser.

“The equipment we have now is not working right,” DeVisser said. “The machines are getting a little finicky in their old age.

“The new copiers are a lot more robust machines that will handle the student environment a lot better and will go a lot longer between service calls.”

Besides leasing the new self-serve copiers, RyeSAC is purchasing a fullserve machine for CopyRite’s high-volume services. The main copier currently in the shop puts out 100 copies per minute, and has already racked up 15 million copies in its lifetime, said DeVisser.

“It’s still an excellent copier,” he said, “but it needs more and more work. And because it’s older, it takes a little longer to fix, so that means it’s down a little longer.”

The new Kodak IS110 photocopier will help CopyRite deal with this year’s increased workload.

“One of the issues that have come up, especially this summer and throughout this year, is that we were running out of copiers, and we were over capacity,” said Ken Marciniec, RyeSAC v.p. of finance and services.

Marciniec said CopyRite is receiving more work because Multiprint, the university’s copy centre, can’t handle the volume of work they’re receiving.

“So, they send it to CopyRite,” Marciniec said, “which is good for the students, because it’s more money being invested in RyeSAC and the services we provided.”

RyeSAC’s Services Reserve Fund will pay $22,000 for the purchase of the new full-serve photocopier. The fund — created in 1998 — is financed by 25 per cent of the surplus from RyeSAC’s revenue-generating services.

According to Marciniec, at the end of the 2000-2001 fiscal year, the fund was valued at $98,845.

The financing of the new Kodak EK-90 self-serves will come out of RyeSAC’s operating budget. The current price of 10 cents per copy will not change.

“All in all, we’re not spending a whole lot more money and we’re taking our level of service and quality up a notch,” DeVisser said. “Ultimately, we want the students to be happy with the services.”

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