The remodeled computer lab in the basement of the Lory Student
Center, the e-Cave, offers more for students than just
The e-Cave’s $15,000 remodeling project began in April 2003 and
was completed on Jan. 19. Remodeling provided 17 new computers, new
desks, new chairs and more wiring, said Ross Morgan, the lab
“There used to be a line out the door,” said Jake Hurd,
assistant director of the LSC computer lab.
The lab now has 30 computers, 10 of which are Macintoshes,
available for students, and there is no longer a line out the door,
“Originally the labs were created for the LSC and open-option
students who had no place to go to use computer labs,” Hurd
Open-option students’ technology fees fund the labs and all the
The e-Cave and the lab in the Durrell Center’s southwest
basement corner are branches of the Center for Advising and Student
Achievement. They are open to all students.
The e-Cave provides the extra services for open-option students,
such as free printing, equipment checkout and staff to answer
Most printing is free for open-option students. Students who are
currently have a major have access to free printing in certain
situations, and are restricted to 10 pages of free printing, Morgan
“They can print papers and emergency requests, however it is
more restricted,” Morgan said.
Open-option students can check out laptops, digital cameras and
projectors from the e-Cave. Equipment checkout requires a request
24 hours before it is needed, Hurd said.
Morgan said the e-Cave also provides services for people with
learning difficulties, including machines that help people with
difficulties related to hearing, seeing and reading.
“It’s quiet over here, and it’s in the center of everything,”
said Kevin Mcfarling, freshman open-option seeking business
Mcfarling said he is usually in the e-Cave on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday afternoons for about two hours each day. He said he
likes the fact that the lab is quieter and less busy than the
The e-Cave and the computer lab in the Durrell Center’s
southwest basement corner are both completely student-run, Morgan
said. Lab employees are not all majoring in computer-related
fields, but they are willing to learn about computers.
“When I was hired, I didn’t know anything (about computers),”
said Tera Mae Livesay, assistant director of the Durrell lab. “I
can now answer questions, as opposed to being the one always
The Durrell lab may also see changes soon.
“We are working on getting Durrell (lab) remodeled for next
year,” Morgan said.
Durrell will not be receiving as many new computers as the
e-Cave, but it will be getting more, Morgan said.
The Durrell lab usually hosts students who live in Westfall and
Durward halls and other surrounding residence halls, but it is open
to anyone, Livesay said.
“We’re open to use, and ready to help,” Livesay said.
|The e-Cave is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.
to 9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The
Durrell lab is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to10 p.m.,
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.