Feb 232004
 
Authors: Adrienne Hoenig

Students at CSU are talking.

But not always to each other. Anywhere and everywhere, some

students are on the phone.

“I definitely spend some time on my phone,” said Kalin Popov,

junior liberal arts major. “I don’t even have a home phone.”

Cell phones have become more than just an emergency precaution.

Now, students are able to access the Internet, play games and send

text messages on their cell phones.

“(Students) are more into the gadgets,” said Dan Betts, manager

of Phones Plus of Foothills Mall. “They want fun phones that will

do a lot of features.”

But some CSU students and faculty are wondering if the cell

phone craze has gone too far.

“It seems to be an increasing problem,” said Lola Logsdon, an

art instructor. “I’m sort of losing my sense of humor.”

Logsdon is frustrated with students’ cell phones ringing while

she is teaching class.

“It is very distracting right in the middle of a thought,”

Logsdon said.

She has threatened students in her 100-person class that they

will have to have a conversation on their cell phone with the class

as an audience. Logsdon has also been known to carry around a large

wooden mallet known as her “cell phone answering machine.”

“I try to approach it with a sense of humor,” she said. “It’s a

problem that just didn’t exist when I was a student.”

Whitney Diehl, an open option freshman, said she is guilty of

her phone ringing in class all the time.

“When I’m in class I feel like I’m cut off from everything else

in my life,” Diehl said. “I usually try to keep it on vibrate

though.”

Diehl, like many other CSU students, has opted to stick with her

cell phone instead of paying for a land line.

“A land-line phone situation can be problematic for a lot of

reasons,” Betts said. “Students tend to live with roommates, having

a cell phone allows them to have their own phone.”

Erica McKenzie, a senior environmental engineering student, said

she recognizes the benefits of having a cell phone but still thinks

they are overused.

“When I’m in a fairly in-depth conversation and someone decides

to take a 20-minute break to gab with their best friend, it’s

really annoying,” McKenzie said.

She refuses to get a cell phone, not because they can be

annoying but because she values her time alone.

“I don’t want people to be able to find me at all times,”

McKenzie said.

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