Wifi changes frustrate campus

KELSEY WEISS
STAFF WRITER

Alma College students lost the cable in dorm rooms, instead supposedly giving them faster internet. However, they say that the wi-fi has not improved and many are not happy.

“I would much rather have my cable back than have faster internet because the internet is the same if not worse than before,” said Samantha Squires (‘20).

The decision was made over the summer and students were only informed of this by a campus email. The cable is no longer in the rooms but only in common areas such as lobbies.

Many things had to be improved on campus before the large freshman class arrived on campus, particularly the internet. The purpose of the change was to establish a more reliable connection for all students.

“The computers requiring access on campus has increased by a third in most buildings,” said Kyle Warner, Director of Information Technology on campus. If the enrollment rate continues to increase every year, this more than likely will not be the only change that in implemented. “The bandwidth caps have been eliminated from ACWLAN/ACRegistered and raised for ACGuest.”

“I never used the cable here when we had it, but I recognize that was a way many Alma students had their ‘stress less’ time,” said Lauryn Kranz (‘21). After the work is done for the day, people like to decompress by watching television in the comfort of their own room. This is not a possibility anymore.

“Without the cable in our dorm rooms, my roommate and I are missing all of our weekly shows,” said Squires. “I do not have the opportunity to watch my shows in the common areas because other people are trying to watch what they want.”

If multiple programs are playing at the same time, students would have to fight over who gets to watch their program.

Many students also use common areas for studying or doing homework. If that is the only place people can get cable, it eliminates a space for people to study.

“We have lost our cable but did not get anything in the trade,” said Caitlin DeZwaan (‘19).

One aspect of the improvements is to be better equipped for gaming. “By the end of 2018, game consoles will have improved Network Address Translation (NAT) services supporting more reliable connections for Internet gaming,” said Warner.

Main campus may have gotten some improvements but what about the small housing on campus? “I honestly feel [cheated]. The connection in small housing is worse than last year and needs to be fixed,” said DeZwaan.

Though there are not as many people in a specific house, they still need a reliable connection to do work and connect their devices.

The Greek Housing and Small Housing run on their own WiFi connection. The WiFi networks may not have as much traffic but they still need to be fast enough for the students who live in that specific house.

“We have also added ACRegistered which will help support consumer networks and gaming devices,” said Warner.

As Alma College updates their campus with better buildings, they will also be updating their wireless connection.

“Additional buildings are expected to see increased access point densities as part of future renovation projects,” said Warner.

Alma College is growing every year, this means that the WiFi will slow unless the college continues to update they system as we grow. Alma College is doing it’s best to listen to students and improve what they are asking.

The 5300 keeps campus informed

KELSEY WEISS
STAFF WRITER

The 5300 is a website developed by the students in Professor Matthew Cicci’s Writing for the Media course. The site and its social media hope to keep Alma students informed and entertained. Cicci also acts as faculty advisor to the Almanian.

The 5300 may be an interesting name to some, but it does have a deeper meaning behind it.

“One of our writers actually looked it up and found out that there is currently 5,300 colleges in the United States, hence the name,” said Alyssa Gall (‘21), one of the copy editors for The 5300.

“The 5300 is a blog and media outlet made by college students, for college students to talk about what is happening on our campus,” said Christopher Nouhan (‘20), a member of the production team.

This project was originally intended to be a broad site that every college student could use. “The website stemmed from trying to provide for our target audience of other college students,” said Sydney Bossidis (‘20), an arts and theatre section contributor.

The class then began to zero in on their audience. “However, we saw it as a more relevant and prevalent audience to focus it on folks in Alma,” said Nouhan.

The 5300 spans social media along with having their very own website, the5300.com. “My focus is teaching students how to write for news agencies now and adapting to the changing landscape of media production,” said Cicci.

The form of journalism has changed. As a society, we have gone from newspapers to online sources for our media and what is happening in the world around us. That is what The 5300 is trying to adapt to.

“We are trying to write a more accessible and relatable content to the same tone as Buzzfeed,” said Bossidis. “It is less reporting and more blogging.” This means that they are making their articles more fun while also giving you the scoop.

The class is broken up into teams which each have a specific area to focus on. The teams include the editing and copy editing team, the Greek life and student life group who focus on the happenings of the Alma campus, arts and theatre, the sports faction, social media and producers, who make and perfect videos and media as a whole.

There are about four people on each team. Each person brings previous experience to their part of the class and is important to the work that is being done. Even if someone is not on a specific team, they are still able to write and submit content for the website.

Just like The Almanian, The 5300 focuses on the happenings on campus, what people are talking about and what they want to see happen on campus.

“We just did a piece on the clapping in Saga along with looking into whether people preferred Joe’s or Saga and what the big differences were between the two,” said Gall. Unlike The Almanian, The 5300 is a class that is more based on learning the way to write for the media rather than having a job writing for the media.

“My hope is that I can help all writers adapt to the new form of media coverage,” said Cicci. “However, in a class, it is much easier to shape.”

“Writing For The Media is a class that gives someone real life experience with what people are talking about on a daily basis and possibly gets them ready for their future career,” said Nouhan.

Women seek equality on Halloween

KELSEY WEISS
STAFF WRITER

As Halloween approaches, college students are getting ready with their costumes and plans. They are choosing between dressing cute or dressing scary and are deciding who they want to become on Halloween night.

However, women’s Halloween costume choices can be rather narrow. If a person were to look for a Halloween costume for adult women, you will see that most costumes include short dresses or skirts and some type of heeled shoe. Not necessarily the most comfortable choices.

While living in the state of Michigan with the unpredictable weather, this could be a rather daring choice.

“Men have free reign over what they wear for Halloween, women do not get that option,”said Dylan Cour (‘21) who is dressing up as Eeyore.

“As a female there are really only two options for costumes, ‘sexy’ or ‘plain,’and more frequently you find that people tend to take the ‘sexy’ route,” said Nadia Swiecicki (‘20) who is dressing up as a sexy librarian.

It seems like Halloween has changed from a holiday about collecting candy and being scared to a time to show off as much or as little as you want without giving it a second thought.

“I did go the sexy route. But that’s because I feel like it is expected of someone my age,” said Swiecicki.

The pressure for college women to dress sexy but not too sexy where they get to the point that they are slut-shamed can be a deciding factor on what they wear for Halloween festivities.

“I think that limiting women to being sexy on Halloween is one of the dumbest things I have heard. That is why I never do it,” said Rachel Whipple (‘20) who is dressing up as a fellow classmate.

The debate on how sexy is too sexy brings up the issue that haunts most college women, will I be “slut shamed” for what I am wearing? Or worse, will someone think what I am wearing is an invitation for an unwanted sexual advance?

Women have these thoughts in their head on a day to day basis. These fears can be heightened when deciding on a Halloween costume.

“My costume is made up from stuff from my own day to day closet. It is not completely indecent so I do not think I will have an issue,” said Swiecicki.

Should people worry that how they dress for Halloween could impact how people view them on that night and in day to day life?

“I am not going to treat someone differently because of how they choose to dress. They are adults and can make their own decisions even if I do not agree with it,” said Cour.

Halloween should be a time where you can let go, be carefree and be someone entirely different. Slut shaming is never okay. What a person wears is not for you to judge or have an opinion on.

Please know that no matter what you are wearing for Halloween, an unwanted advance is still unwanted. Your safety is a priority and it is your choice what you wear.

Telling my clothesline story

KELSEY WEISS
STAFF WRITER

I was assaulted when I was 13 years old, every day in 8th grade on my way to gym class. I had no option but to pass my abuser to get to class. He was popular. He was a football player. He was just trying to flirt. I should be lucky that he was showing me attention. These were the statements that ran through my head for years so that I would not face what was actually happening. Until one day, it hit me like a truck. At 17 years old while sitting in class, it finally clicked.

It took me four years. Four years passed before I was able to say, “This is not okay. I was assaulted.” But I still had to see him every school day until we graduated. Now that I am a junior in college, I have been able to leave him behind. I have not seen him since the day I saw him walk across the stage, accept his diploma and go off into the world.

I could not protect others from him. I was too scared. I never reported. There was no proof. I would be viewed as the girl who tried to ruin a popular football player’s life. I would be seen as a liar. It is one mistake that he made when he was young, why should it impact his life? Even though I would forever remember what had happened to me. It was a he said, she said situation and what we know in this world is that what he says holds more weight than what she says. If you do not believe me, look at Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh. Two men that have been accused of assault but still were approved and now hold two of the most important jobs in the nation.

How do I get out all these feelings? How do I find people who would know how it felt to be taken advantage of? I was led to the Counseling and Wellness Clothesline project.

This is a clothesline that is hung outside of the Counseling and Wellness Center in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This line is a place where people can display their story in a creative way of decorated shirts. They are using their trauma and expressing it in a way that other people can observe and appreciate.

I have a shirt on this line. I sat in a room with many other survivors and created my shirt. I was finally able to express how I felt without being judged by others for being naive enough to let this happen. We were able to share our stories with each other. I was showed that this was not my fault. I am not a victim, I am a survivor of a messed up and traumatic situation. A situation that I should not have to face ever but especially not every day at the age of 13.

To display my shirt on the line and to have my story being able to be seen by the whole campus was a freeing experience. I did not have to feel shame for what had happened to me. I was in good company. I was with strong men and women who could tell their stories and not let it destroy them.

Unfortunately, the clothesline only was up for one day. You cannot see all the stories that people have told.

My recommendation is if you have faced a trauma such as mine, do not keep it to yourself. Tell someone. Tell the world. We have a great staff at The Wellness Center on campus that are willing to talk to you. There is also many places to report what has happened. You are not alone and it is not your fault. This was done to you against your will. No matter what the circumstances were, you did not deserve this. You are not someone else’s victim. You survived.

If someone is willing to tell you their story, listen and do not judge them. They trust you and they feel safe with you.

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