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The ITS Help Desk Playlist: SONGZ 2 BUMP

Want some sick jamz? We got ’em, courtesy of the help desk DJs.

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JohnCarlos Lunardini ’17 and Jonah Toussaint ’17 at the ITS help desk, pumpin’ jamz

You ever have to print something by that awkwardly-placed Exley printer next to the ATM that had dozens of checks with Michael Roth’s salary on them a couple days ago? While waiting for said printer to work, do you ever wish you could just be kilt by the beat?

Same.

Some folks at the Student ITS Help Desk have answered our call to be saved from the mundane, and are gracing the Exley lobby with the chillest tunes from 2016 (and other years too, probably). For those of you who don’t know, the ITS Help Desk is located right next to the printer that I was talking about, and gets students to help other students with their Tech. You can learn more about them and find their hours on their website.

Anyway, when I walked in, it wasn’t to get my rose gold iPhone connected to AirWes. I walked in and asked Jonah Toussaint ’17 for the ITS Help Desk playlist, mainly so that I could manipulate my personal Spotify Discover Weekly algorithm by adding better music to my account. But also to post here. So, here are the SONGZ 2 BUMP:

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: WesTech

This is an update of pyrotechnic‘s update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 post.

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I’m not sure I can survive without access to the web or my phone, so the first thing that you’ll probably do after moving your stuff into your dorm is to connect your phone/tablet/computer/laptop/other gizmo to the internet. Here’s some info for you on how to do that, and other tech things on campus.

The first thing you should know: WesTech. It refers to the kindly people who provide “technical services and support to all faculty, staff and students,” you might think. No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves. Here’s what a previous WesLingo post says about WesTech:

WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”

Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.

Of course, we’re not really going to talk about that much (or at all after this). This is a how-to about Tech(nology).

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series: WesTech

This is an update of Syed’s 2010 post.


If you’re an entering freshman, being familiar with technology and internet is important, especially in this day and age.  The internet is your gateway to the world even when you’re within the Wesleyan bubble, but it can have both its limitations and its advantages.  It can only help to learn these as quickly as possible.

The first thing you should know: WesTech.  It refers to “staff members work in partnership with students, faculty and academic and administrative staff to incorporate the latest and most efficient technology into teaching and learning,” you might think.  No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves.  Here’s what our Wes Lingo post says about WesTech:

WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”

Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.

Help Choose Wesleyan’s Next CIO

From Syed Ali ’13 (yeah brah, I know that’s me):

Printers in ST Lab got you down?  Wondering if and how Wesleyan should make a foray into online education?  Want to know the realm of possibilities new technology can introduce to Wesleyan?

If so, you might be interested in helping select Wesleyan’s next Chief Information Officer.  The Chief Information Officer, who may go by the title of Vice President for Information Technology, heads Information Technology Services (ITS) and reports directly to President Roth as a member of his cabinet.  Remember that ITS is not just the Helpdesk, but affects nearly all aspects of the University, from Moodle and ePortfolio to LaundryView and the Internet.  This person, as a high-level executive, will help develop Wesleyan’s strategic direction and oversee a multimillion dollar budget.  This is one of highest level hires, if not the most, that has been made since any of us have been at Wesleyan.

We want all students to have the opportunity to have a say in the final selection, not just WSA members.  The CIO Search Committee (comprised of administrators, faculty, and a student), with the aid of a private firm, narrowed down from over a hundred applicants to three finalists.  Now, these three finalists will each be spending one day on campus to meet with various constituencies, including students.  The meetings will be next week:
  • Tuesday, March 27, 12-1PM
  • Wednesday, March 28, 12-1PM
  • Thursday, March 29, 12-1PM
Please email sali[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you would like to be involved by Saturday, March 24 at 4PM.  There is limited space and it will be allotted on a first come, first served basis, so please let me know as soon as possible.  To be fair to the candidates, you must be able to attend all three sessions.
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Join the Information Technology Committee!

From this really cool kid Syed Ali ’13:

Do you wish your professors knew how to use Moodle better?  Is the Wesleyan Mobile app just not good enough?  Does the Cisco sign-in system bother you?  The committee that helped get you faster Internet, upgraded computer kiosks in Usdan, and much more could use your help.  If you’re interested in innovation in everything from laundry to communications to academics, you should apply to join the WSA Information Technology Committee!

The Information Technology Committee (ITC) is a committee of students serving on the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA), but also meets frequently with Information Technology Services (ITS) administrators.  The committee works on several of its own projects in addition to advising ITS on various items affecting daily campus life.  We deal with issues like technology “in the classroom,” technology for student groups, and even the Internet connection you’re probably using to read this email.  To learn more, go to wsa.wesleyan.edu/tech.

There is no required level of technological prowess or knowledge for this position; all you need is an interest in improving the state of Wesleyan through these means.  Also, by serving as an ex-officio member, you will not serve on the WSA General Assembly, so you can keep your Sunday nights free!

To apply, send a one to two paragraph statement expressing your interest to sali[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by Saturday, February 18th at 5PM.  After submitting your statement, you will be contacted about interview times.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions as well.  Hope to hear from you soon!

Internet Outage Postpones Other Internet Outage Intended to Actually Make Internet Faster

Last month, we excitedly posted about a substantial increase in internet connection speed. The announcement promised improvement, but requested patience in its implementation:

We are therefore pleased to announce that Wesleyan has changed providers and is moving from a 200MB line to 1000MB line.  This substantial increase should satisfy the needs of every student.  The contract for this deal has been signed. However, a change of this magnitude requires a great deal of work, so we ask for your patience.

Thanks to yesterday’s two-hour outage (caused by a “critical switch malfunction”), turns out we’ll have to be a little more patient than we thoughtand a little more patient than Wesleyan’s academic calendar allows. If I’m reading this all-campus email correctly, preparations for the new bandwidth have now been rescheduled for May 14, the day university housing closes at noon:

WesTech Services forecasts Interwebz Downtime; continues to tease us

If you’re one of those fine folks who check Wesleying more regularly than you do your own emails, you may have missed the following e-mail by the finer folks who run out technology services:

The first of 2 or 3 Internet outages to begin configuration for our new bandwidth will take place Tuesday morning, April 26, between 6:30 and 7:00AM.  This will affect Internet service only.  Internal resources (PeopleSoft, WesFiles, etc) will continue uninterrupted.

Email will be delivered and will simply be delayed during that time.

Please understand that this is NOT the installation of the new bandwidth.  This is in preparation for that change.

Thank you,
Karen Warren
Director of User and Technical Services

The bandwidth version of blue-balling perhaps? Marrrgghhhh.

Internet to Get Faster!

The WSA hears you: the internet’s too slow.  That’s why today, in conjunction with ITS, the WSA is happy to announce that we’ll have no more of it.  The internet is going to get faster.  Much faster.

Wipe those tears of joy from your eyes and read the official announcement from WSA COEAC Member Luke Voelk ’11 and Karren Warren of ITS: 

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series: WesTech

If you’re an entering freshman, being familiar with technology and internet is important, especially in this day and age.  The internet is your gateway to the world even when you’re within the Wesleyan bubble, but it can have both it’s limitations and it’s advantages.  It can only help to learn these as quickly as possible.

The first thing you should know: WesTech.  It refers to “staff members work in partnership with students, faculty and academic and administrative staff to incorporate the latest and most efficient technology into teaching and learning,” you might think.  No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves.  Here’s what our Wes Lingo post says about WesTech:

WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”

Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.

[UPDATE: Library section added.]