Then & Now: Computers on Campus
- Few students had their own computers. To work at a computer, students had to go to the “computer terminals.” These were placed throughout the library and in academic buildings.
- During exam periods computer terminals were open twenty-four hours per day.
- Textbooks were still a large part of the academic experience and were carried by most students.
- All notes were taken with the standard pen-to-paper method.
- Most computer rooms in dorms were equipped with dot-matrix printers.
- The ResNet project—which gave students access to email, the Internet, and cable TV in their dorm rooms—was launched until 1997.
- Most students own personal computers, and many have a laptop or tablet at the ready.
- Computers are used for everything from taking notes in class to researching a course assignment to streaming television shows and movies during study breaks.
- Instead of having to print out assigned readings for classes, at the click of a button a document
can appear on the screen, where notes can be taken within the margins of the text.
- Students have the option of trading their heavy textbooks for e-books.
- Students (and faculty and staff) may borrow computers and other technology items through LITS for up to three hours.
- Residence halls and many academic buildings are equipped with computer rooms, and laser printers are stationed in buildings across campus.
—By Amy Yoelin ’18
—1985 photo courtesy of Archives & Special Collections / 2016 photo of Leah Greenhaus ’19 by Meredith Heuer
This article appeared in the summer 2016 issue of the Alumnae Quarterly.
July 15, 2016