Students will need new
By Tim Williams
Daily Cougar Staff
The Cougar 1Card is set to become a necessity
for students wishing to perform a host of functions next Spring, when UH
Students will need the cards to print from
computers in M.D. Anderson Memorial Library or any of the computer labs
Procurement and Auxiliary Services Executive
Director Joanna Truitt told Student Government Association senators Wednesday.
"There is no limit on the number of copies
made," Truitt said. However, visitors will have to pay to print from computers
in the library, she said.
Printing will not occur instantaneously
within the new managed print task system. Information selected for printing
at the student's workstation
will feed into another computer that allows
the student printing a second opportunity to cancel a print job, she said.
The hope is to trim UH's
annual print output of 6.5 million sheets
by about 10 percent.
Possible bottlenecks within the two-tiered
system should be eased by the addition of high-volume printers that would
become feasible when
print jobs are managed, she said.
Students already have a more flexible Cougar
1Card than they may think. With the click of a mouse, students can transfer
funds from an
outside account to the card, Truitt said.
"I was able to bring up my account, add
$50 from my debit card and it was done," she said. "It is a wonderful feature
that lays the groundwork
for future programs."
Other department initiatives include the
Bookstore Advisory Committee's attempt to garner higher book buy-back rates
for students, and the
Parking & Transportation department's
continued expansion of lot space.
Currently, the Texas A&M "book adoption
rate" (the rate at which textbooks are continued into the next term) is
80 percent while at UH it's 51
percent. Book buy-backs start next week,
Instructors elect to either adopt the current
or new texts at the end of each semester, causing the bookstore to hedge
its bets and pay wholesale
prices until they get final confirmation
of each individual instructor's decision.
"Essentially a salvage price is given for
that book as opposed to 50 percent of its value," Truitt said.
The committee developed a strategic plan
to address the problem, she said.
"One of the goals is to increase early
book adoptions by 10 percent for next year," she said.
Another committee goal is to link the bookstore
with online class registration so that students could simply order books
online once they had
their schedule set, saving both time and
effort, she said.
Senators thanked Truitt for what most considered
an informative status report. But SGA President James Robertson Jr. expressed
the new Cougar 1Card features might signal
a fee increase on the horizon.
The ID card fee currently stands at $6.
"Make sure they manage your money efficiently,"
In other business, Student Video Network
President Jason Ugorji complained that UH administrators on the Student
Program Board are
stonewalling his efforts to reinvigorate
the ailing closed-circuit campus television network.
"The biggest problem is that only 10 to
15 percent of (UH's) 35,000 students know SVN is here," said Ugorji, a
communication senior. The
network needs to get the word out and
get students involved, he said.
Before being flooded out of its University
Center Underground studios during June's deluge, the network aired full-length
movies and original
student programming to an audience of
approximately 6,000 students living on campus.
By coming to SGA, Ugorji said he hopes
to get advice on how to expedite the recovery process so he can contribute
before his impending May
SGA senators also passed legislation requesting
that the UH administration define "unintentional plagiarism" in the Student
The measure was in response to student
complaints that most cases of plagiarism were being labeled "intentional"