The Behrend beacon. (Erie, Pa.) 1998-current, December 07, 2010, Image 4

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    7 'Tuesday
Starting Today ( going all week)
Events Outside of Bruno's:
1 1:00a.m- 1 :00p.m. : The Lion Ambas-
sadors are selling $1 Sarris Candies and
$lO Midnight Bingo T-shirts.
11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.-Penguin Ticket Raffle
for the January sth Penguins v. Tampa
Bay Lightening game. Tickets on sale for
S 2 each and $l5 for ten. Sponsored by
National Society of Leadership
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events from any organization.
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Why we're sti
Why don't
residence
halls carry
wireless?
BY JULIE MORRISSEY
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Most students living on
campus have an opinion on
the wired Internet service
provided in the residence
halls. Not only are they incon
venient and too short to reach
our beds. but they are seem
ingly unnecessary.
Behrend has a kVi-Fi net
work in place, hut one our
University has only kept ac
cessible in certain buildings.
Penn State's admin
istration is fully aware of our
frustrations. however, and
What's going on at Behrendt
has provided good reason for
sticking with
the wired routers. The two
most prevalent reasons for
deciding against were cost
inefficiency and security rea
sons.
Mike Lindner, the head of
the Housing and Food Ser
vices on campus, stated how
gaining a potential wireless
network for residence halls,
while not impossible"would
be very inefficient and
complicated, as many of the
dorms on campus are not
made out of dry wall."
Instead, the majority of
the rooms, which were built
before dry wall became ideal,
are constructed out of ma
son and brick. This is a ma
jor drawback for adapting
wireless signals within the
building, as it would require
ripping out walls. Moreover,
this process would require
implanting a heavy amount of
wireless access points into, or
devices that are used to gain a
wireless signal, in the insula-
8 Wednesday 9 Thurs• 10 Friday
7:30 p.m.- Catholic Worship Service held
in the Smith Chapel. Sponsored by CCM
8:00-9:00p.m.- " Folk Tales, The Aural
Tradition" Behrend's Concert Band
Performace in the McGarvey Commons.
Free admission
11 Saturday
Study Day
tion of the designated build
ing.
The heavy expense of plac
ing Wi-fi signals into each of
our halls is only a minor let
down compared to its signal's
On-Sale Outside of Bruno's This Week
fib
Mon-Fri: 11:00-1:00 Mon-Wed: 10:30-1:30 111,•
1 41 1
$1 Sarris Candies Auctioning Goodie
$lO Midnight Bingo T-Shirts Baskets 4110
$ 1 a piece $8 for ten tickets l e i
Penguin Ticket Raffle:
e l
Jan sth Penguins v. Tampa Bay Lightening
11 1
$2 per ticket and $l5 for ten
Sponsored by the Lion Ambassadors & by National Society of Leadership and Success
wired on DSL
11a.m.-Noon- Soup for the Soul located in
the Smith Chapel Living Room. Sponsored
by CCM and PCM
7.00-9:00p.m.-Ugly Sweater Party in the
Wintergarden of McGarvey Commons.
Win a prize for wearing the ugliest sweat
er! Sponsored by LEB and SAF
12 Sunday l3 Monday
Study Day
7:00-9:00p.m.- "Refuel For Finals" goodie
bags available in the Smith Chapel Liv
ing Room. Ist Come-Ist Serve.
Sponsored by PCM
lack of security. Wireless net
works are not only slower
than DSL routers, but are
much more accessible; any
one in its range, therefore,
would have the ability to ac
Classes End
'Withdrawal Deadline
8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.-Shining Star Program
Gift Delivery Day. Drop off your Shining
Star presents in the Smith Chapel
11:00-11:45p.m.- It's Called "Stress Relief
for a Reason: relaxation event open to all
students. Event will be held in the Almy
Hall lobby.
First Day of Finals
Internet
cess the network. This means
that someone could easily
reach a student's network,
hacking onto his/her files or
even illegally downloading
material. Even scarier is how
Weekly Sudoku:
83 2 5
9 5 3
1 9
7 4 1
3 8
6 3 7
9 8
4 1 8
36 7 4
Difficulty: 5/5
the administration would
have no way of tracing the
hacker. Instead, they would
place responsibility on the
owner of the network, on the
victim themselves.
Whereas presently, each
Internet cord works specifi
cally for each student; no one
can gain access to your ac
count but you. This way, Beh
rend can keep track of each
student, while also protecting
students frOm invasiNk.
ing.
But do these major draw
backs mean we should lose
all hope? Penn State is con
cerned with advancing tech
nologically and providing the
best services for its students.
University Park is actually
currently undergoing a study
on Wi-Fi in the dorm rooms,
and its findings. If all goes
well, the experiment may lead
to Behrend considering Wi-
Fi for the upcoming school
years. It would be a big jump,
but we would love to someday
have wireless said Lyndon.