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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 non-class hours.

To help meet heavy student demand, the College has increased its computing capacity and is constantly seeking ways to further increase capacity, Lopes said.

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.