What is Campus Design & Copy?Campus Design and Copy was founded on January 10, 1990, when a decision was made by representatives of the SGA and the Center for Student Businesses to merge SGA Communications with the Student Notes and Printing Services (SNPS) to create a student business.
The kinds of services offered by CD&C have significantly evolved since its inception. Initially, co-managers were paid to sit in lectures and take notes, which were then reproduced and sold to students. This service was discontinued soon after the merger, as the business began to focus on the more lucrative product of academic packets. Class notes are still a CD&C service, but in the form of "course packets," notes/hand-outs provided by professors or teaching assistants. CD&C has increasingly emphasized working directly with RSO's (Registered Student Organizations) and presently relies on RSO revenue for a significant part of its income. In addition to copying, many RSO's take advantage of the business' graphic design services to create invitations, pamphlets, flyers, etc. With advances in technology, CD&C has continually updated its computer and networking systems and expanded its design services.
What is a Cooperative?
CD&C is considered a "co-operative business ("co-op") in the sense that we manage the business according to co-operative ideologies. Although we control our own capital, UMass ultimately owns CD&C and so we are technically a collectively-run business. However, CD&C is strongly based principles of a co-operative and we generally use words like "cooperative" and "collective" interchangeably to describe ourselves.
Campus Design & Copy is an undergraduate, student-initiated and managed business at the University of Massachusetts. Our Purpose are as follows:
To provide undergraduate students with experience and training in collective management.
To serve the University community with copying, designing, binding, computer, and finishing services.
To promote the co-operative and collective movement.
Campus Design and Copy is a not-for-profit organization and operates under the model, "Students working for students"; aiming to foster ideals of equality and diversity in the workplace.
More Cooperative History
The first cooperative was formed in Rochdale, England in 1844 by one woman and 27 men, who would become known as the "Rochdale Pioneers." This group of people put together a set of principles that all co-ops use. The Rochdale Principles are as follows:
- Open Membership: Membership to the co-op is voluntary and there is no discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, sexuality, or religious or political affiliation.
- Democratic Control: One member, one vote. This principle guards against control by the few for the benefit of the few.
- Limited Return on Equity Capital: Money made is reinvested in the business.
- Net-Surplus Belongs to User-Owners: The net savings of a co-op may be distributed equitably among the membership, or used in some other agreed upon manner, either for the benefit of the group or for the local community as a whole.
- Continuous Education: Co-ops act to educate their members and the local community about the principles, methods, problems and goals of the organization.
- Cooperation among Cooperatives: To strengthen themselves and to serve members and the community better, co-ops need to work together at the local, regional, national and international levels.
- Political Non-Partisanship: Adhering to the goals of a particular political party or agenda would limit membership, thus violating the open membership principle. This does not mean that co-ops must be politically inactive, but it does mean that co-ops have usually chosen to limit their political activity to those issues directly affecting the co-op movement and the industries they are a part of.