Listen to a conversation between a student and a computer lab administrator.
Excuse me. Do you know that all the printers over in the student center have stopped working?
There are eight printers connected to the computers there.
You are saying they are all broken?
Yes, I just came from there.
There’s a lot of frustrated students, so many classes have papers due this afternoon that everyone is trying to print out their stuff at the same time.
Those printers got overworked and now they all have paper jams or some other problem. Can you fix them?
Well, not really. I’m just an administrator.
Most of our actual technicians are students who take the job on the side.
Where are they?
Well, most of the students who work at the computer labs study at the engineering school, and unfortunately they all took the day off.
I think they have some big exams tomorrow.
How can there be no technicians working on the biggest deadline day of the semester?
Well, there is one technician working at the computer lab in the arts building.
Actually, he just sent me an email message saying there was a huge crowd there, and he could not figure out why.
Because people need to print their papers.
There must be something you can do. People need those printers working.
Well, we just ordered new printers and next month we are replacing the old printers over the student center with a brand new set of printers.