Rowan Pains

I’m Paul Cardaciotto, and I am a journalism major at Rowan University.

Archive for April 2008

Wi-Fi?

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Is it just me, or is anybody else having problems accesing Rowan’s wireless internet? Is it even available everywhere on campus? I am assuming we have it in our townhouse, being that in the beginning of the year I came home to a random guy installing some sort of device in our downstairs utility room, which he said was for the wireless internet. Now I am pretty savvy when it comes to computers, but i’ll be damned if I can get this wireless internet to work on my laptop. I keep getting this same error over and over again which eventually led me to give up. I even decided to type “Wi-Fi” and all the variations of the word into the “rowan knowledgebase” over at Rowan website’s handy-dandy technology toolbox, the “online tools for all your technology needs @ Rowan”, but absolutely nothing came up. Big surprise. The more I try to use Rowan’s website for anything, the more worthless I realize it is.

I know I only have about 3 more weeks here and I don’t even need wirless internet at this point, but it’s not about that anymore. I just want to get it to work just so I can say I bested the elusive Rowan Wi-Fi.

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April 25, 2008 at 10:33 pm

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We Want More Tacos

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I was in the Marketplace the other day, and 360 Degrees was serving tacos-the line was wrapped around the entire stand, the whole time I was there. Obviously, kids like tacos, and are sick and tired of burnt burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches with unmelted cheese. How about serving tacos more often, since we actually want them? You always hear the school declaring that they strive to better serve us, so why does it seem that they never actually take any action? They even have an area where they collect feedback from students- do they read these? I’m sure I am not the first person to say that there needs to be food served more often that kids actually want to eat, like tacos and chicken nuggets. Three years I have gone to Rowan, and all three years they have had the same crappy burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches that nobody ever eats. How about investing in a little thing called change?

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April 25, 2008 at 10:08 pm

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Triad is a Prison / Dump

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Here is a link to the article I wrote for The Whit last semester about Triad being a dump. I was going to post something about Triad here, but why re-write what I have already written? Plus, being that I am a proud supporter of the newspaper, I figure I’ll give them at least a few more hits.

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April 18, 2008 at 8:55 pm

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Rowan Radio Is For Your Parents

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I am a college student. I am a young, hip college student, so I want to listen to young and hip music. You would think that our very own college radio station, 89.7 WGLS-FM would cater to young and hip college students like myself, but that isn’t the case. That isn’t the case at all.

Here’s the fact- Rowan Radio caters to old people. Frank Hogan, the general manager of Rowan Radio, has stated that the average listener is 45 years of age or older. Why? I couldn’t be exactly sure, but it could have something to do with the fact that the only time they play rock and pop music from today, is from 11 p.m – 1 a.m. The rest of the time, they are playing music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The last time I checked, the majority of college students weren’t even alive during these years. Ok, most of us were alive in the 80’s, but not until the late 80’s, and none of us even knew what music was at that age. Plus, the 80’s don’t count. Nobody listens to music from the 80’s. Everybody knows that.

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April 18, 2008 at 8:43 pm

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Student Survey

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I think it is safe to say that by now, anyone who has visited this blog recently has a pretty good understanding of my stance on the food here at Rowan University. So there I was one brisk spring evening, sitting at my computer when I thought to myself, “Hey, I wonder what other student’s feelings are on the matter.” Could I be the only person on campus who has such heinous thoughts about our food? Impossible. That’s when it hit me: I am going to ask a bunch of kids- a good 50 at least- and see what they think about the grub served here, what they would like to see done differently, or what they feel should stay the same, then list the results here for my faithful, dedicated readers to see. So without further ado, I present to you Rowan Pains’ very first Student Survey: Operation Rowan Rations. (Rations is another word for food. I wanted to use some alliteration in my title. Sorry.) Read the rest of this entry »

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April 14, 2008 at 4:06 am

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322 Is A Death Trap

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I was just reading the latest post over at the RU Crime Blotter about the condition of Jenn Fitzpatrick, the student who got hit by the truck on 322, and it reminded me of something; 322 is a death trap. There are only a few designated spots for people to cross on this road, and with the hectic life of a student, these spots aren’t always the quickest way to get to where you need to be. So obviously, people are going to be crossing wherever is best for them, being that there is enough space between the cars for them to run across without getting plowed. Well, this is a problem. 322 is a busy road, and there are thousands of kids crossing this road every single day. Something needs to be done, and I think that something is more spots for students to cross safely. A great idea would be to construct a few overpasses so that students never have to wait for a break in traffic to cross. Let’s face the facts here people, distractions are everywhere. One little mistake can result in a serious accident. The speed limit is only 30 MPH, but I can’t count how many times I’ve seen cars speeding by so fast that the wind nearly knocks me over. Even if drivers obey the speed limit, if you get hit by a car going 30 MPH you are going to be in some trouble.

To my knowledge, Fitzpatrick was the only person to be hit by a vehicle on 322 (this year, anyway), and as far as I am concerned that is one too many. As long as students used them, overpasses would eliminate the risk of any more accidents on 322, and would provide a way for people to cross the road without having to wait.

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April 11, 2008 at 1:14 am

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Other Schools Have Amazing Food

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This is just disheartening.  I was recently emailed a link to this site, which writes about all sorts of amazing foods served at schools around the country, and it honestly made me upset. I literally got up and stomped my feet like a ten year-old girl whose mom just told her she couldn’t sleep over her friends house because it was a school night and she had homework to do. Why couldn’t Rowan be kind enough to reward its hardworking students with such delicious cuisine? I then began to ponder what it would be like to just get done taking an arduous exam, then washing my miseries away with some lobster, or perhaps a nice, juicy slice of rib-eye steak.

Of course, some of these school’s food options are a little ridiculous, but seriously, Sodexho?  I understand that nothing is cheap these days, but I’m sure with the amount we pay for tuition these days, Rowan can afford something a little bit better than Sodexho.

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April 11, 2008 at 12:26 am

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