CHAPEL HILL — The first segment of a wiring project is underway that will ultimately put all 29 campus residence halls at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill directly on line. Four high-rise dorms -- Craige, Morrison, Hinton James and Ehringhaus -- are expected to have in-room computer access in spring 1998.
The four high-rise halls will be covered in the first phase because they house about half of the on-campus population. All residence halls should be re-wired by summer 1999. Old East and Old West dorms -- recently renovated -- already have computer network access from individual rooms.
Currently, students with personal computers in other dorms use modem connections, which can be slow and frustrating, to link to the university's computer network and to the Internet. When all students have their own computer jacks, data transfer will be more efficient because it will be direct.
"The project will allow for many of the computer lab services to be provided directly in campus residents' rooms," said Rebecca Casey, assistant director of University Housing. "These services include access to library catalogs, courseware, e-mail and the World Wide Web."
The $10 million wiring project will also provide video services. In addition to standard cable television offerings, academic-related channels will be offered.