Computer crisis inconveniences

By Staff
On February 2, 2012

  • Postbaccalaureate Sean Halstead Feb. 9 won the Holland Symposium contest with his graphic illustration titled “Pigskin Pledge.”. Pam Belcher

Lately, there have been rumors going around that the computer lab in LC304 was going to be removed. We are happy to report that this will not be the case. Although we are very happy that the computer lab on the third floor of the library will remain untouched at least for the immediate future, we hope that it remains in the long term. We support this decision because we have been concerned with the lack of quick computer access on campus.  

Around the time that the computer lab in the library was closed last year, laptops became available for check-out in the downstairs portion of the library. The number of computers available on campus to students did not drastically decrease, but the convenience of available computers dropped.  The laptops, which are a great idea in theory, present a couple problems for students. Students have to take the time to check out the laptops, and laptops are more of a liability than desktops. One slip of the hand and a laptop can fall to the ground and break, costing the student or ASU money.  

Access to computers is necessary to students who do not have a personal desktop or laptop.  Because not every student has a computer or a printer, many have to use computers on campus. Students who do not have computers will generally find that the computer labs (both MCS lab and the learning commons) are too full, and all of the laptops have been checked out on more than one occasion. Even fewer students have printers than have laptops, so we hope that ASU will find a way to make it possible for more students to have quick access to a printer. We do applaud ASU for the ‘express lane' computers that are supposed to be used for quick printing. It is possible that if there were more computers available strictly for immediate printing, crowds in the computer labs would thin out.

Another difficulty we have as students is the inability (or so we thought before some investigating) to access the J drive off campus. Some professors put homework assignments, outlines, or Power Points on the J Drive. If you can't view the J drive at home, then it is a hassle to go back to school and save those documents.  We have recently learned, however, that some students are able to access the J drive off campus.  Whatever method these students are using should be publicized campus-wide so that using on-campus computers are not always a necessity for those who own laptops.  This could possibly be a huge step to solving the issue of crowded computer labs.

As long as there are students at ASU, computers will be in demand. We hope that there will eventually be more steps taken to allow for less crowded labs and quicker access to printers.

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