The Studio has been split.

Formerly a one-stop center where students were allowed to rent equipment and learn how to use it, these two components have been divided into two separate stations.

Students seeking to rent digital production equipment are now directed to the Commons Equipment Desk, rather than the Studio's location.

Despite centralizing all checkout equipment in Hodges Library, Jordan Achs, a junior in journalism and electronic media, said she is apprehensive about the policy changes that accompany the move.

"They're not doing any advance reservations anymore, so if you know of a date that you absolutely need something, you just kind of have to hope that it's there," Achs said. "I've already seen a couple of people in a pickle because there is nothing available and they need it at that minute."

Additionally, students and staff are no longer required to undergo certification to check out DSRL cameras or sign for it. Furthermore, no record is kept stating what was included among their checked-out equipment. This new policy, Achs said, could lead to the misuse of equipment and loss of university property.

"With the way education's being handled in the country and budget cuts and this and that, I don't know how many new cameras we can get if people break them," Achs said. "I would hate to see something that so many students rely on and need, both for school and just for fun, if they have to just get rid of it entirely eventually, then that would be really sad."

However, Carly Duckett, a junior in English literature and classics who works at both the Studio and the Commons Equipment Desk, sees little problem with these new changes.

"We were anticipating that some students might be upset by the loss of the reservation system," Duckett said. "However, I personally have not heard any complaints from students thus far and the new procedures seem to be going relatively smoothly.

"I'm not sure the new equipment changes will affect the Studio much at all."

Due to the relocation of equipment rental, the Studio's sole purpose is to provide training with the equipment and explain the features that each piece is capable of.

"Now that the equipment is gone, I basically just help people if they have questions about our programs that we have," Achs said. "We are a media production area so Photoshop, iMovie, Final Cut, Illustrator, all that. They've really upped the training.

"We're definitely more knowledgeable than we have been in the past."

Although the changes have streamlined traffic in the Studio, Achs said she questions the effect the changes have had on the checkout system's efficiency.

"I mean, I understand why they did it; it's just them taking away some of those roles that have made it what was supposed to be convenient ... now kind of less convenient," Achs said. "To be completely honest, most of what I do is telling people where printers are and telling people that the cameras check out is at the next desk down now ... That took a lot of our job description away. Which is fine.

"It has freed us up to be able to help people more, and we don't get yelled at as much anymore, but it's definitely different."

These policy changes for the new equipment checkout desk are an experiment and UT is encouraging feedback, as stated on the Studio's homepage.

More information on The Studio can be found here.