Campuses go wireless

Business editor John Pulliam explores the various access points around Galesburg for wireless connection.

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In addition to CSC, the other colleges are Knox College in Galesburg, Monmouth College in Monmouth and Western Illinois University in Macomb.

Karrie Heartlein, director of public relations at Knox, said “Knox has been wireless for a few years now.”

She said the entire campus is wireless, although there are spots where the signal is weaker.

“Students are so tech savvy and they communicate via their social network sites, like MySpace, text messaging, cell phones and also” other forms of wireless communication technology. “For them it’s tremendous to have that access, where before they had to go to a computer lab or back to their dorm,” she said.

Not only do young people seem to be more comfortable, in general, with technology, they may have bigger dreams about where technology, such as wireless Internet, can go from here.

“I know at Kaldi’s I can always get a connection,” Hunt said. “At Innkeeper’s, I got a signal once, but it didn’t last. I think it would be awesome if they could get all of Galesburg wireless.”

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