Students feel ‘inconvenienced’ by lack of computers

With a new $42 million arena, a new student center and several other campus improvements in development, social work students are left wondering, what about us?

“When things need to change, sometimes it takes a community to come together and press those in charge to get it done,” said senior social work major Robert McAlonan.

For years, students studying social work, human services, respiratory therapy and radiology have shared the computer lab in the Albright Health Center room 320.

So what’s the big deal?

There are only six computers. And with short operating hours and lack of paper it makes getting research and projects completed a difficult task.

The results of a recent survey conducted by Dr. Darrel Payne’s social work 594 class showed an overwhelming majority of students felt inconvenienced by the lack of technology.

When the social work students contacted the Information Technology Department regarding their concerns, IT was under the impression that there were 12 computers in the lab.

According to IT Aministrative Assistant Barb Korpik, there are no current plans to update or expand the lab.

The Albright Health Center does have another lab on the third floor that contains 21 computers.

There are programs on the computers specifically designed for nursing students to help them with their studies, said Cheryl Colpenhein, nursing coordinator.

Occasionally, other students do have access to the nursing lab for testing purposes, but otherwise it is reserved.

“The other (computer) labs on campus are almost always full,” McAlonan said.

Currently, opens labs can be found in the Business, Education and Psychology building, the Old Science building, the Science and Technology building and the library.

“My classes are in the (Albright) Health Center, so to go across campus is an inconvenience,” said McAlonan.

Social work students are hoping that their voices will be heard and they can gain the technological resources they need.