Stop letting other departments reserve the Mining computer lab!
We didn't have a computer lab with mining software all last semester (I want my technology fee refunded) and now with a new computer lab the Registrar allows non-mining classes to reserve the lab. We routinely get kicked out by EPICS, MechE, and other classes and THIS IS THE ONLY LAB WITH THE MINING SOFTWARE THAT WE NEED! Stop letting other classes reserve our lab. It is especially frustrating when a mechanical class uses our lab and their lab upstairs is available.
This has become an issue again this semester. It has gotten to the point where the past two weeks, multiple classes have not been able to get the knowledge/material needed to do assignments. The people using our labs do not need the software that is specifically on those computers, yet they are given priority over Mining Engineering students. PLEASE fix this issue, as my tuition is going towards classes where the main objective is to learn how to utilize Mining software that is very valuable in the industry.
since when do classrooms belong solely to one department? i have been all over campus in my years here, and even in the same classroom for multiple subjects. don't they all belong to the university as a whole? it is not like my technology fee is just for my department and yours is just for yours....we all chip in together for the good of everyone. sounds like the real problem is that there needs to be more computers with the software we need which should be easily solvable by IT people. who cares what room it is in?
What is the point of USG having this site if they don't address key issues like this?
I like how it has been 3 months and no one has said a word about this in USG. The least they could do is bring back the software for the CTLM computer labs or at the very least put a few copies of the mining software on the library computers.
Erik Charrier commented
This lab was a mining only lab that was refurbished largely with mining department alumni money. It is the only lab that has most mining specific software available. We minimize our class scheduling in this lab to lab sections that need the software for instruction in order to maximize its availability. Scheduling it for classes that do not need our software denies an entire department the ability to work on assignments. This situation is completely unacceptable.
Furthermore, the hijacking of specialized mining resources for general use is a slap in the face to our alumni who helped fund the remodeling and interferes with further fundraising efforts.
Brandon Ostert commented
I want my technology fee back also
I agree, even though we're a small department we deserve the same access to resources that other departments enjoy. Mining seems to get overlooked (best case) or deliberately undermined (this seems the most likely case) by the higher-ups at this school.
Just another case of tyranny of the majority, it is easy to fall back on the claim that since there are few mining classes, they cannot be considered as a priority for the lab in this Instance. A number of other departments have private labs (several in brown itself), but apparently the mining department was snubbed from being able to arrange even a priority use agreement, much less exclusive rights.
I hope that this may be self recognized by the "people in charge" that our ability to use software required for our degrees is paramount, but I remain doubtful given past politics. At the very least I hope they read this and acknowledge the issue, so that future students may have a chance at being treated with the same consideration granted to the rest of the school.
The amount of votes this is getting as compared to the size of the mining department should prove that this is a clear problem for students in the mining department. I hope something happens but it probably will not happen until after I graduate.