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minimize their chances
of falling victim to an
attacker. Attacks can be
avoided if people choose
to protect themselves by
using safety measures
and some common sense.
By Amber Davis
When parents send
their teens off to college
they say, “Stay out of
trouble and be safe.”
We all know what the
first part means, but
what do they mean when
they say “be safe?”
Campus safety is a
large part of living
on a campus with so
many people.
Being safe on campus
does not need to be
hard; it just takes some
thought. One of the
easiest ways to stay safe
is to always go places
with a buddy.
There are other
things that you can do:
carry pepper spray, for
one. Also, know the
campus security phone
number (592-HELP)
and have it programmed
into your phone for
easy access. In addition,
know the location of
emergency poles (the
ones with blue lights)
on our campus—the red
emergency button goes
directly to 911 and the
black “info” button goes
to campus safety.
In your residence hall
Keep your doors locked
when you’re alone, day
or night; don’t leave
a door unlocked for
someone planning to
come later, and ensure
outside doors close
securely when entering or
leaving a building.
On the street
Dress for movement;
don’t walk alone, there’s
safety in numbers; don’t
give information or
directions to strangers;
stay away from isolated
areas; stay near well-lit
areas, and do not accept
a ride from a stranger, no
matter what.
In the car
Keep doors locked when
driving and when your
vehicle is parked; park in
well-lit areas, and do not
leave valuables in plain
sight in your vehicle.
No matter what you
do, stay alert and listen
to your instincts. If you
think that you are being
followed, immediately
go somewhere safe in
a crowd. If that is not
possible run, scream and
make a lot of noise. That
often makes attackers
think twice.
He added, “The
university can provide
assistance in contacting
local authorities,
campus safety and/or
counselors. Due to the
nature of the offense
and evidence needed for
criminal prosecution,
it is important that
students seek immediate
assistance.”
Everybody can do
these things to help
By Courtney Benson &
Molly Dougherty
“In my opinion
the wireless Internet
at William Woods is
horrible. At least three
times a week there is
something wrong with the
wireless Internet. Rumor
has it that other houses’
Internet connections are
worse than Booth Hall’s.
If that’s the deal, I feel
really sorry for them.”
Senior Mikey Towle
does not mince words
when it comes to his
feelings about the wireless
Internet connection on
campus. And it’s not just
residents of Booth Hall
(the Pi Kappa Alpha
house) who feel this
way. Freshman Darian
Lightfoot lives in the
Alpha Chi Omega house,
and she has experienced
similar diffculties
staying connected.
“When all of us are on
it at once, like on Sunday
nights when we are all
cramming homework,
it is so slow, and
sometimes we lose
service for long periods
of time,” said Lightfoot.
Most students can relate
to the frustration of
dealing with slow or
intermittent wireless
service, especially when
rushing to fnish a last
minute paper or online
quiz. But what exactly
is the problem? Why
is the service so poor
in most areas?
Michael Bland,
director of the UIT
department, says your
laptop may be to blame.
Computers that don’t
have the latest Network
Interface Card (NIC) or
who use Windows Vista
Home will have more
trouble connecting to the
Internet, according to
Bland. Newer NIC’s can
be purchased at Wal-Mart
or Best Buy.
For students
experiencing problems
with the wireless, Bland
recommends bringing
the computer to the UIT
Helpdesk for assistance
or setting up an in-
room visit to make sure
the room has the best
connection possible.
Senior Nickol Enss
Beckemeier, a C.A. in
Smith Hall, went through
that process, but was still
not satisfed with her
Internet service.
“I called the Helpdesk
and they looked over
my computer. They said
everything looked fne,
and while I was in their
offce it was working.
However, when I brought
it back it continued to
kick me off the Internet.
I called back and they
told me it showed I
was connected…but I
wasn’t. Long story short,
I gave up on using
wireless Internet,”
said Beckemeier.
For students who have
never heard of a Network
Interface Card, or don’t
have the motivation to lug
a laptop across campus,
an Ethernet cord is the
best solution.
“The wireless service
was a lot better last year,”
said senior Jerone Lester
(aka K.O.C.) “I personally
use my Ethernet cord
because of the lack
of a consistent
quality connection.”
Lester, who is a
C.A. in Cutlip Hall,
is frustrated with
the current wireless
situation, but optimistic
about the possibility for
improvement.
“Hopefully with the
adjustment of the
hotspots, things will get
better,” he said.
So where are these
“hotspots,” and when
will they be adjusted?
Bland says UIT recently
purchased 25 new Access
Points (APs) and is in the
process of installing them
across campus. These APs
will be placed in central
locations within buildings,
so Bland recommends
trying to connect to the
wireless in those areas.
He also mentioned that
the common areas in
residence halls generally
have the best service.
Like many students,
Towle has heard rumors
that the bandwidth on
campus is going to be
increased over Christmas
break. Bland was
unable to share specifc
information about the
timeline for this project,
but he did say that UIT is
planning to increase the
bandwidth from 20MB to
100MB at some point in
the future. To frustrated
students like Towle, this
is great news.
“I really hope that
happens and takes care
of some of the problems.”
Stay out of trouble, be safe
Monday, December 6, 2010
The Talon 5
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Solving the Connect ion Conundrum
Wi reless problems causing frustrat ion among students