During the first few weeks of freshman year, unsettled students discover that in times of incurable nostalgia, CU’s Ethernet connection is their friend. Thus, downloading music becomes a hobby, Web diction becomes standard, and the once computer inept develop into the next generation of the computer savvy. Meanwhile, writing assignments tend to accumulate; therefore, having to write more than one paper at a time is not unusual. For these reasons, it is best to come to school prepared, and that means with your own computer. Yet, if such an investment is simply not possible, CU offers about 75 computer labs scattered throughout almost every building on campus, plus several free-standing computer kiosks. Problems seem to only arise during midterms and finals week, when procrastinators printing last-minute papers fill the labs.
Activating your personal accounts is the necessary first step to tap into CU’s computing resources. For access, you need an IdentiKey and a Web account. These accounts are created for incoming students, but can also be activated through the Personal Look-Up Services (PLUS) Web site. To do so, you will need your ID number and PIN. This IdentiKey is, in all essence, the key to computing at CU, since it is what allows you to log into the facilities within the ITS computer labs.