Freeman Center Printer Proposal

To: CNU IT Department

From: Justin Willis, Student

Subject: Freeman Center Printer

Date: May 25 2016



The purpose of this study is to prove that there is a true need for a locally available printer for East Campus residents in the Freeman Center and to propose adding or relocating one from another location. Upon interviewing a selection of students currently residing in East Campus, each admitted it would prove useful and would significantly reduce the amount of travel time required to traverse to the nearest printer.



Students living in East Campus currently have a round trip journey of at least 20 minutes to the nearest printer located in the 24-hour room of the library while on foot. Some majors, more than others, necessitate frequent printing of notes, final papers, homework, etc. with some individual print jobs resulting in over 20 pages. The time spent walking to and from the 24-hour room adds up over the course of a semester which in some cases exceeds several hours.

Google Maps shows that the journey from the Washington building to the 24-hour room is 8-tenths of a mile round trip. Whereas, the path to the Freeman Center is less than 3-tenths of a mile. The difference between the former journey compared to the latter is nearly half and thus would result in a travel time of approximately half: 10 minutes.

By using an ethnographic method of interviewing and surveying East Campus residents, the results showed that a locally available printer is both beneficial and necessary.



The study was created to gauge the necessity of adding a printer for East Campus students by examining the amount of times a student would need to print a document during a semester and also how long it took them to complete the task.

Using ethnographic and quantitative surveys, I gathered data asking the questions “how many times do you use a printer during the semester”, “how long does it take you to walk to the nearest on-campus printer”, “which building do you live in”, “would a locally available printer be useful to you”, and “if not located in the Freeman Center, where would you propose putting a printer”.

From the survey data, every student unanimously agreed it would be of benefit to provide a locally available printer, with the main demographic resulting in the students on the furthest reaches of the campus.

Keywords: print anywhere, east campus, printer, walking



Currently, there is not a conveniently located printer that is near or in East Campus. The closest printer is in the 24-hour room and is at minimum a 20 minute round trip journey.

During the 3 week period in the 2016 May term, I began interviewing and polling East Campus residents to gauge the necessity of adding a locally available a printer. Based on my research, the options I propose are to either add or relocate a printer from another location to the Freeman Center so that East Campus students have greater accessibility to the Print Anywhere system.

Using ethnographic and quantitative surveys, I gathered data to determine the target demographic or target dormitory of the students that would be affected the most. My findings show that the students on the furthest reaches of the campus are put at the worst disadvantage as their travel time is, by far, the longest out of any.

By adding or relocating a printer from another location, the travel time for each student would roughly be cut in half and thus save countless hours of time spent away from student studies.



I designed my study with ethnographic and quantitative theory in mind. I wanted to fully understand what demographic or dormitory, would benefit the greatest from the addition of a locally available printer.

An ethnographic study is defined as scientific research on the habits of individual peoples and their customs. The ethnographic research method allowed me to gather direct input from the people surveyed about how often they print a document and how long it took them to do it. The quantitative part allowed me to easily divide all the responses into different demographics of dormitories where the students reside. All of which must be considered.

My initial thought before beginning this study was that students specifically living in Washington would be the target demographic as they are the furthest away from the nearest printer. After reviewing the data collected, I found that my intuition was mostly correct stating that students in that area are indeed the furthest away.



I conducted a simple 5 question survey using Google Docs that featured fill-in-the-blank style, drop down and a single free response question.

The few fill-in-the-blank style questions were used to gather how many times the student needed to print a document and how long it took them to do it.

The drop down question was used to locate the target demographic or dormitory as it simply asked,  “which building do you live in”.

Lastly, the free response question asked “if not located in the Freeman Center, where would you propose putting a printer”, and was used to gain ulterior places to locate the proposed addition of a printer.

The respondents were composed entirely of Christopher Newport University students that lived in East Campus or Rappahannock that were invited to take the survey by word of mouth due to a very limited number of options available to me at this time of year.



The findings section of this memo will describe the results of the survey and the major questions answered in regards to the necessity of the addition a locally available printer for East Campus students.

  • When asked how often they needed to print a document during the semester, 50% responded 10 or less times. Surprisingly, 50% responded needing to print a document greater than 10 times per semester with the greatest number peaking at 300 times.Screenshot from 2016-05-25 16-18-51Screenshot from 2016-05-25 16-18-56
  • When asked how long it took them to walk to the nearest printer, 50% responded 10 minutes or less. However, 50% responded that their trip took longer than 10 minutes with the longest time taking a total of 30 minutes round trip.Screenshot from 2016-05-25 16-19-11Screenshot from 2016-05-25 16-19-07
  • When asked if a locally available printer would be useful, every respondent unanimously agreed.Screenshot from 2016-05-25 16-19-16
  • When asked where they thought would be a good place to locate the proposed printer, they responded:
    • East Campus office
    • In a vacant store in the CNU Village
    • In every dormitory


Based on my research, I conclude that there is a need for a locally available printer because several students spend hours of their life walking to and from the 24-hour room just to print a document. In addition, if CNU were to create a student center in a vacant shop as a respondent had suggested, CNU could sell office supplies as another source of income. Doing so would generate a greater accessibility to the Print Anywhere system, create new jobs for students and provide them with the tools necessary to succeed.



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