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Campus Wi-Fi means ‘Will I Find Internet?’


By Optimist Editorial Board
Posted on October 29, 2013 | Editorials, Opinion | Comments Off

Wi-Fi is the key to turning a paper in on time. The term “Wi-Fi” obviously stands for, “Will I Find Internet,” because that’s always a mystery on campus.

Somedays you may find the odds are in your favor and this elusive Wi-Fi will grace you with its presence. But Wi-Fi could not care less about that midterm paper due in five minutes. Wi-Fi doesn’t care about the classes students need to take to graduate. Wi-Fi has single-handedly sent students into an apocalyptic meltdown every year during class registration and is, possibly, the root of all evil.

This thing called “Wi-Fi” is in some unknown, transcendent realm.

What actually is Wi-Fi? Wi-Fi is made up of a stream of invisible strands that gives people the power to connect wirelessly in a pixelated world. According to howstuffworks.com, Wi-Fi is a two-way connection, much like a walkie-talkie or a cell phone connection. The Wi-Fi we use daily uses radio waves. Thanks to gadgets called wireless adapters, multiple people can access one Wi-Fi hotspot, otherwise known as a zone of God-given internet, at the same time.

So why is it such a problem for everyone on campus to use the same Wi-Fi? It all has to do with “bandwidth” and, no, that has nothing to do with a band. It has to do with, “a measurement of the ability of an electronic communications device or system (such as a computer network) to send and receive information,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Imagine bandwidth is like a funnel through which you pour all of the water, or internet use in this case. If too many students try to use more bandwidth than the funnel can handle, the Internet is inevitably going to lag. This often results in mass hysteria.

So, the obvious solution is to get a bigger funnel. More students are funneling into the ACU community each semester with one of the largest freshman classes this year that ACU has seen in the past few years. This means more students are registering for classes and even more students are using the campus Wi-Fi every day. Sure you can blame the large freshman and sophomore classes, or the kid sitting next to you watching Netflix in the library. Even though your mother probably taught you that it’s not nice to point fingers, let’s all look in the same general direction at what is really causing the problem. The recent growth of the ACU community calls for a growth in the resources provided. Even though Wi-Fi has some major commitment issues, ACU cares that you get into your classes and that you get your midterm paper turned in on time.

It’s time for ACU to match the overflow of information coming from an increasing student body and simply make the funnel bigger, that way we can experience fewer meltdowns and mute the migraines.

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