Walter Smith Randolph

It’s 8:26 a.m., and you have a six-page paper due in four minutes. So, you naturally run to either the Bartley Print Center or Falvey Memorial Library to print this paper because you procrastinated so much and you have $60 to blow on your printing needs for the semester. You get there, and of course there is a line out the door because professors get together and assign papers due the same day. (I’m convinced that happens.)

So you stand in line and patiently wait for an open printer, but there is always that one person who is just sitting at the computer. You and everyone behind you are wondering, “What are they doing?” Then you glance at the computer and realize that this person has decided that the public computer is now his or her laptop. For some reason, he or she has decided to check Facebook. Everyone starts rolling their eyes, and you just want yell, “Are you serious right now?”

Now, it is partially your fault because you didn’t properly manage your time, but, in reality, none of us do. But this person sitting at the computer looking at the Facebook album of “Pics of Summer O-Eight” or “Totally Random Album 1,245” does not need to occupy a computer. It is the Print Center! Print! That’s what you should be doing – not IMing, Facebook stalking or writing your senior thesis.

There is a long line of people standing behind you who actually want to research in the library or print a paper in the Print Center. Then there is that guy who gets to the computer and decides to print an entire novel or textbook. Then the printer jams for the 15th time that day, and you have to stand in line even longer because of this guy.

Please be a little bit more considerate of the people around you. We all have papers to print, projects to complete and meetings to attend. We don’t want to stand in line for hours because you decided you needed to write on someone’s Facebook wall. By the way, we can see exactly what you’re doing.

Then there is that girl who is talking on the phone and everyone can hear her conversation. She is either making dinner plans or gossiping about some guy she just saw. We don’t need to hear your conversation about how cool that party was last night.

This is an academic atmosphere, and we learned in fifth grade to be quiet in the library while people are studying. And we can’t forget about that guy who decides he wants his entire playlist heard by everyone in the 24-hour study lounge. There are just some things that you don’t do when it comes to the library or the Print Center.

So, the next time you decide to whisper an entire conversation or stay on a computer for 20 minutes, think about the 30 people waiting in line behind you.