By Kristine Hamlyn
On May 25, Memorial University’s Board
of Regents approved RESnet, a new wireless Internet service
which will be made available to all of Memorial’s on-campus
housing students in St. John’s. The service, which was
requested and ratified by students currently living in residence,
will cost each student $50 per semester.
The purpose of wireless access to the Internet is primarily
one of convenience for students and shows that Memorial University
is changing with the times, said Dr. Lilly Walker, dean of Student
Affairs and Services. Students living in residence will now
have the ability to access the Internet at any time and on more
than one computer. The days of waiting patiently for a friend
or roommate to finish with the computer are over.
With an increasing number of students owning laptops, Sumaiya
Baqee, third year business student and a resident of Bowater
House, says it will certainly be tremendously beneficial.
“I envision more and more students starting to bring their
computers to classes with them,” she said, adding it will
be especially helpful in those classes for which professors
post notes and lectures on the Web. It will also have the added
benefit of eliminating the waste of printing out the online
notes prior to class.
“Overall, accessing the Internet will be faster and more
convenient for students living on-campus.”
Dr. Walker says this is an example of a great partnership with
“The students requested this and were willing to work
with us for a solution,” she explained. “In identifying
this as an important issue and working with the Paton College
Council, we all benefit. Students will have the technology they
desire and we have found a reasonable solution for covering
“This is a wonderful example of the possibilities that