Dude, where is my Wi-Fi?
Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Updated: Thursday, September 2, 2010 15:09
It is essential for Citrus College to adopt Wi-Fi for every building on the college campus.
Today, Wi-Fi has become a must-have for college students everywhere.
The problem is that not all of Citrus College's buildings possess Wi-Fi capabilities for students.
The demand for students to have Internet access has increased dramatically, and it has become almost impossible for students to pass certain classes without it—this being because many classes require online lab work.
Internet access at the computer lab and library computers alone aren't enough for the growing population at Citrus.
More and more students are bringing their laptops to school in order to make it easier for them to work on their class assignments, and to also entertain themselves between classes.
But bringing laptops to school can only help students so much if Wi-Fi is limited throughout campus.
Wi-Fi can make it possible for those students with Wi-Fi capability on their laptops to complete school assignments in an orderly fashion without having to worry about staying on the library computers too long and inconveniencing other students.
Wi-Fi can also make it possible to keep those students who do nothing but mess around on the school computers all day from preventing other students who take their schooling seriously from doing work that is essential to passing a class.
Azusa Pacific University, Mt. San Antonio College and Pasadena City College are all Wi-Fi-wide campuses, giving students a variety of options for where to work on class assignments.
During an interview with tech support from PCC, they told us that once you were on campus, you were hooked up to the Internet.
If APU, Mt. SAC, and PCC can get campus-wide Wi-Fi, so can Citrus College.
A raised concern with having a Wi-Fi-wide campus is whether the Internet speed would be slowed due to an overload of users.
After tedious research of other Wi-Fi campuses, we can assure oppossers that nothing would affect the Internet usage on campus.
In actuality, only 10 of the 38 buildings on our campus have Wi-Fi available for students—clearly not enough for the amount of students on campus.
Such buildings include the Life Long Learning Center, Haugh Performing Arts Center, Library, Student Services, Cafeteria, Center for Innovation, Math and the Tech buildings.
According to www.dell.com, Wi-Fi modems cost about $80. Taking into consideration the 28 buildings that do not have Wi-Fi, the one-time fee to transform our campus would be about $2,240.
Granted, making Citrus a Wi-Fi wide campus can essentially be an expensive investment. And the question of how we would go about getting the money to do this would be on everyone's mind. But the cost of assisting college students in reaching their academic goals is priceless.