14- The Michigan Daily - Orientation Edition 2002
ITCS, Rescomp offer technology, services to students4
Several University computing
sites are open 24 hours a day
during the week
By Rahul Surn
For the Daily
Need to write a paper? Although the University
has over 1600 computers in its 17 separate campus
computing sites, it's still sometimes not enough -
especially during exams.
LSA senior Yoshi Kamihara uses campus com-
puting site computers every day to write papers and
for e-mail. "It's pretty crowded (during finals),
especially in the Fishbowl. You have to wait until
you see an opening and you just gotta run and grab
it," he said.
But the University does its best to accommodate
students, keeping some sites - including the ones
in Angell Hall, the Michigan Union and the Media
Union on North Campus - open 24 hours a day.
The University's resources are highly utilized,
Ruth Addis, director of user services for Informa-
tion Technology Central Services. "The one that is
most popular is ... the Angell Courtyard site. Up to
2,000 people per day use (it)," Addis said.
There are about 230 Windows computers and
130 Macintoshes in Angell Hall alone and comput-
ing consultants are there around-the-clock to
answer students' questions. Besides Windows and
Mac computers, "there are UNIX stations, there are
scanners available in some of the sites, there's black
and white printing in all of the sites and there's
color printing available in the Media Union, Angell
Courtyard and the LRC on the Medical Campus,"
She added that ITCS is hoping to expand the
availability of color printing on campus and that
"there's a wireless (ethernet) project that's planned
for Angell Courtyard."
The University is currently trying to add wire-
less Internet service in its libraries and unions to
accommodate changing computer usage among
students and allow individuals who own laptops
to use the Internet without needing a cable. In
addition to computing sites around campus, the
Residence Hall Computing Program, or
ResComp, connects students with computers to
ethernet connections in their residence hall
rooms after a single activation fee and about a 15
registration process. For additional fees of $30
per hour, ResComp will install the necessary
equipment and set up students' ethernet connec-
ResComp also holds free educational workshops
around campus on topics such as the basics of com-
puting at the University and website design. Rack-
ham student Maria Rhodes said she uses the
University's computers "practically daily - for my
work, my e-mail and for surfing the net."
Shana Gainey, an Engineering junior, said she
also uses the computing sites every day, mostly for
programming assignments and other homework.
She said she likes the fact that the computers she
uses in the basement of Pierpont Commons on
North Campus have all the software that she needs,
but wishes that the site were open longer.
Working it:'U' students keep active
By Rahul Sur!
For the Daily
With dozens of club sports teams and three
separate facilities for North, Central, and South
campuses, the University offers many recre-
ational resources for students who want to
break a sweat.
The Central Campus Recreational Building
is the largest of the University's facilities. Start-
ing in the fall, it will be open until 1 a.m. Sun-
day, Monday and Tuesday nights and 11 p.m.
other nights. It includes multiple basketball,
volleyhall and racquethall cours, a swimming
pool and two exercise rooms. It is used mainly
for drop-in purposes but also hosts some club
Said LSA alum Frank Kress of the CCRB:
"The weight room was good, and I always
found an available basketball court."
Engineering junior Jon Snow said he uses the
CCRB about three times a week to work out.
He said he wishes that they didn't charge for
towels and that "the weight room gets really
crowded ... it kind of smells funny," but that
The North Campus Recreation Building is
another main sports and recreational facility.
Rackham student Kam Ram said "it's very
nice, very clean (with) good facilities." LSA
alum Dave Howland added that although the
NCRB doesn't haveias much equipment as
the CCRB, he likes it -more hecause it is not
as crowded. The NCRB also houses the Club
Included among the club sports are ice hock-
ey, lacrosse, soccer and a variety of martial arts.
Snow said he participates in both flag football
and soccer because he enjoys them, although he
wishes they could use a different indoor soccer
The Intramural Sports building is the home
of the Intramural Sports Program, the cheer-
leading squad and the men's gymnastics team.
The Intramural Sports Program coordinates the
competition of almost 40 sports every year. Stu-
dents from various groups self-chosen groups 1
including fraternities and residence halls are put
in leagues and compete against each other.
Howland said he enjoyed his experience playing
"I think that (the University) offers a really
good variety of sports. I think if you want it,
it's out there," he added.
LSA Juniors Dave Tremble and Jeremy Wang take advantage
of the weight room in the CCRB.
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