Hoping to leave your AIM profile up all day? Grovers have the opportunity to stay wired everyday for all four years. Every dorm, and most classrooms, are equipped with network connections, and GCC has recently implemented a wireless network system in HAL (the Hall of Arts and Letters), SAC (the Student Activity Center), and the courtyard between the buildings. Since 1994, the College has offered laptops and printers that become the students' upon graduation. Even the outdated models provide indispensable access to word processing, e-mailing, the Internet, department-specific software, and online blackboards.
Students sometimes complain about an unreliable network, a confusing homepage, slow online class registration, frequent hard drive crashes, and incompetent Technological Learning Center (TLC) staff. While horror stories of computer crashes before finals float around campus, students should not be shocked to have nearly glitch-free use of their own computer system. The network has been improved over the past couple years and TLC staff does their best to give student laptops a little "tender love and care" (TLC from TLC--get it?). Within the past couple years, the network suffered from student hackers and a Blaster virus. However, with a lot of overtime and anti-virus patches, TLC worked to eliminate both hackers and viruses. If students want to be sure to get a computer and a quick print job in the TLC lab, they should print early in the mornings or soon after a class period has begun.