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Business students get priority computer lab access
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa College of Business Administration
students who pay a special technology fee will now have priority computer
lab access at specified times.
The Instructional Technology Center (ITC) in the Pappajohn Business
Administration Building (PBAB) will be reserved for students enrolled in
the College from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday while
school is in session. The new hours will begin Monday, Sept. 28, according
to Lola Lopes, associate dean for undergraduate programs for the College
of Business Administration.
In addition, computers in PBAB classrooms C207 and C231 will be reserved
for students enrolled in the College at all times when they are not being
used for classroom instruction. The C207 classroom will be available to
students 57 hours per week, while C231 will be available 54 hours per week.
Six laptop computers also will be available for checkout in the Pomerantz
Business Library for use in group study rooms.
The changes are based on recommendations made by the Leadership Council,
a group of business students representing various student organizations
in the College. Starting Monday, Sept. 21, the Undergraduate Programs Office
will place stickers on the identification cards of business students who
have paid the technology fee.
Students enrolled in the College began paying a $119 per semester technology
fee this summer in addition to UI's $51 computing fee. Pre-business students
and liberal arts economics majors have the option to pay the $119 surcharge
and have the same privileges as registered business students. Except for
the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday period, the pre-business
and liberal arts economics majors can use the ITC at any other time it
is open. However, they can't use the computers in C207 and C231 during
To help meet heavy student demand, the College has increased its computing
capacity and is constantly seeking ways to further increase capacity, Lopes
This summer, 82 computers were installed in business classrooms, and
another 20 were installed in the ITC, purchased with funds collected from
the special technology fees, according to Warren Boe, director of computing
services at the College of Business Administration. The business computing
fees also paid for e-mail stations, a new file server, a high-speed printer
in the ITC and 100 MB Zip drives that allow students to store large amounts
of data on Zip disks.
In coming weeks, the Leadership Council will be working with the administration
to increase computing capacity in the College.
The Iowa Board of Regents approved the $119 per semester fee last October
after considerable input from UI students, faculty and administration.