Mar 092004
 
Authors: Joanna Larez

The remodeled computer lab in the basement of the Lory Student

Center, the e-Cave, offers more for students than just

computers.

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

director.

“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,

Hurd said.

“Originally the labs were created for the LSC and open-option

students who had no place to go to use computer labs,” Hurd

said.

Open-option students’ technology fees fund the labs and all the

labs’ supplies.

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

questions.

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

said.

“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

major.

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

Morgan Library.

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

asking.”

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.

 

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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.

 

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