College warns students, ‘You’ve Got Mail’

by Ayse Dincsalman

New policy states communication with students primarily e-mail

We are going green. Effective Aug. 31 the college’s primary communication with students will be email.

The transformation from nature to cyberspace will assist in saving money, saving paper and saving time. The efforts in moving to the future faster are helping to conserve the environment as well.

“I think that the new system will intimidate people at first but will make our lives easier,” said Marienicole Gerbino, a first year student at Suffolk .

In a generation full of high tech devices and instant information, students should adapt well. Some staff however, might struggle with the computer-related tasks that come so easily to the younger generation.

Dr. Barbara Ripel, Ammerman campus history professor shared her concerns with a Major World Cultures class about the process of obtaining overload classes. The procedure is done through the internet, and Ripel admits she sometimes needs assistance.

Assistance is needed in aiding some faculty to complete faculty-required online duties such as time sheets, overload requests and submission of enrollment rosters. The newly mandated changes may cost some professors money if they fail to successfully request overloads online.

The college is not alone in the new movement to go green. Washington University announced their institution was going cold turkey on paper, Feb. 10. The internal communications committee at the university confirmed that everything on their campus that required paper will simply be done through cyberspace. All memos, fliers, posters and weekly papers will be internet accessible. The university anticipated to cut $10-million from their budget by June 2009, and even more the year after. The paper shortage was undertaken to encourage web 2.0 technologies such as blogging and social networking.

As the change to a greener institution is implemented here the students don’t seem to be affected much by the switch.

“I don’t mind the change because I do everything online already,” said Jackie McKenna, a second year student at Suffolk .

The real question is what is next? Should we expect classes from home seen through a webcam?
“I could certainly see that happening in the near future,” said Malik Karasekreter. The interest in the internet is everywhere, and the instant access to everything internet is at an all time high.

Social networking systems such as Myspace and Facebook allow for easy communication to anyone who has access to a computer. Students in classrooms can’t go 75 min without texting on their cellular devices. So why should the new system cause an inconvenience?

As the world moves toward more technological advancement, the College is taking the steps to join in the movement.

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