When the server goes down, students walk aimlessly around the halls with a lost look on their faces, unable to communicate with the real world. Facebook status messages are a pivotal part of RU student life. With all of the different campuses at Rutgers, it is a way of keeping in touch with friends on different campuses. Facebook and consistent e-mail checking are definitely a big part of RU culture. The majority of Rutgers professors require students to use their Eden accounts to send in homework or online quizzes. Sakai is another program that students log into for course notes, teacher comments, and an online bulletin board. Also, Internet courses are offered that require students to post discussion materials, as well as papers. When the end of the semester rolls around, students have to schedule classes for the following semester online. At 10 p.m. on “add day,” students all around Rutgers run to their computers to try and log onto Webreg, the Registrar’s site, to add classes—a task that takes about an hour since everyone logs in at the same time.
No one at Rutgers should ever bring a printer because the labs print faster and are of better quality. I haven’t met a student that didn’t have their own computer, though. If you can’t bring a computer, labs are available to do work or to play games on. Many students talk on their cell phones in the labs, so if you need to work in a quiet environment, your best bet is to bring your own computer. Besides, at such a big university, it’ll become your surrogate best friend.