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Learning to live with computer losses

By Margaret Damghani
Opinion Editor

There isn’t much any student can do for classes without a computer. Yet, 117 computers sprinkled throughout the campus have been taken away.
Many professors assign homework that is dependent on scouring the World Wide Web for information, whether the course is online or traditional, and using cursive writing to hand in homework ceased to be the standard once elementary school ended.

We need ‘em
No, things have to be type-written and printed out.
Many students, both commuters and residents, primarily attend classes in one building. Having to walk to the UC, library or another building to use a computer lab cuts into their time, which is better used studying, researching or doing homework.
It’s true that almost everyone could stand to walk a little more, and UNCP is hardly a big campus compared to others. But when a busy student has time between classes to use a computer, it’s awfully nice when there is a lab handy.

How should I see it?
I set out this week to write an opinion on what an inconvenience losing all those computers was for students.
I would conclude that every building on campus should have at least a small computer lab for student use.
In order to do that, I had to look at how many computers there actually are on campus for students to use.
These are the labs in main academic or housing buildings, according to UCIS:
• 68 in BA building
• 39 in Dial building
• 25 in Education Center
• 3 in GPAC
• 18 in Jacobs Hall
• 54 in Livermore Library, as well as 25 laptops
• 7 in Lowry Guest House for Army/ROTC
• 15 computers Moore Hall
• 17 in Oak Hall
• 15 in Old Main classroom
• 4 in Multicultural Center
• 68 in Oxendine Science
• 20 in Pine Hall
• 31 in Sampson
• 7 in UC, where a 24-hour lab opens in December
• 16 in Village Apartments

More than I thought
After looking at this list, almost every building on campus does have at least a few computers, with the exception of Locklear Hall, D.F. Lowry Building and Nursing building.
Losing some of these computers is an inconvenience, especially to students that had gotten used to visiting a certain lab.
But other options are still available, and we’ll just have to get used to it.







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