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Paper Jam offers inexpensive local printing, copying to students

 by Eastern Progress | August 27, 2009


Mason Darby, a junior public relations major from Russell, and Angela Friend, the Paper Jam’s business operator, laminate and cut a poster to specifications. (Allison Maggard)


By Jeremy Reed

There will be times in any Eastern student’s life where they will need something faxed, copied, laminated or formatted into a poster. Luckily, there’s a place for that. It’s on campus and it won’t break your wallet. Paper Jam is located in the Powell Building, downstairs inside the Tech Commons. The store can handle virtually any request that demands paper to be merged with technology.

Angela Friend, the business center’s operator, said Paper Jam’s services aren’t limited to paper. Aside from the obvious paper services, Paper Jam also has some high-tech hardware available for students to check out at no cost.

For instance, the Paper Jam offers projectors, big screens for projectors, camcorders and laptop computers. Projectors can be checked out for up to three days, camcorders for two and everything else for five.

“It’s just like a library book, basically,” Friend said. “It’s free and weekends don’t count, so if you check out a projector on Friday you could keep it until Tuesday.”

Paper Jam’s paper services go beyond just printing and faxing.

“We can laminate up to 42 inches wide,” Friend said. “We can do vinyl stickers and banners, we bind books, do posters and brochures and also fax and make copies.”

Paper Jam’s services are ideal for recreational and school projects, Friend said. The store has also done wedding brochures, banners for student organizations and final projects for classes, she added.

Paper Jam’s prices are usually within a student’s budget. Posters run $1.50 per square-inch, books cost around $3 to be bound, banners are $4.25 per square-inch and faxes cost $1 per page.

“You could come in and do a full project for under $5,” Friend said. “And this fall all of our large print and laminate prices are 50 percent off.”

Friend said she hopes Paper jam will be students first choice for all their needs because of the low prices and convenience.

“I feel like a lot of students take advantage of it, but I wish more of them knew about it, so they wouldn’t go to Office Max or Kinkos,” Friend said. “We’re cheaper and we’re on campus.”

Paper Jam is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.



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