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The Backpack
The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of NAU students
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Vol. 7 No. 10 | November 2, 2010
Free Wireless on Campus

Free Wireless on Campus

One of the many benefits on campus is the availability of free WiFi or wireless internet. In most academic and support buildings, you will find free 54 Mbps wireless, also known as 802.11g. Campus visitors, as well as students and employees, can take advantage of this by activating the wireless on their smartphone or computer and accepting the terms on the splash screen.

Students have additional wireless access points in residence halls (ResNet) and in some academic buildings. This wireless is also free, and has additional safety controls to protect students.

In addition to wireless access points, each residence hall has ethernet plugs for “wired” computing. Students can plug in a simple ethernet hub to create additional ports. Please note that wireless routers are no longer permitted on the Res Life network as these personal WiFi hotspots create dead zones for the rest of the residents (see article below).

The Student Technology Center is providing free ethernet cables to students living on campus, and students can check out simple ethernet hubs to use in their rooms.

Contact the Academic Computing Help Desk at 928-523-9294 with questions.


No Personal Wireless Routers in Res Life

New Personal Wireless Router Policy

This year, we have seen a dramatic increase in personal wireless routers in the residence halls. Students have been using these to create personal WiFi hot spots. In the past, the university was able to accommodate these devices, but the proliferation this semester has created enormous lag time on the network and in many places extreme “dead zones” where students have no internet connection.

Beginning January 1, 2011, personal wireless routers will not be permitted in the residence halls. Students who have wireless routers in their rooms will need to disconnect them from the network, store them, and/or send them home.

As students remove personal wireless routers, the university wireless hot spots in the residence halls will improve. Students can monitor their hall’s progress at resnet.nau.edu/wireless.

We are asking students not to purchase personal wireless routers over the winter break or bring them back in January.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Student Technology Center at 928-523-9294.


Thompson's Gift

Parents' gift helps students follow career path

The College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences soon will have a Career Development Center, thanks to a generous gift from Maryett and Robert Thompson.

The Thompsons, who are parents of one NAU graduate and have a son currently attending, have committed to donating $187,200 to establish the center.

Donations may be made through the Parent Leadership Council at www.nauparents.com. Thank you for your support!

PHOTO | LEFT TO RIGHT Art, Amanda, Maryett, Michael and Robert Thompson. Art and Amanda are recent graduates of NAU, and Michael is currently attending the School of Communication.


Health Tip: Energy Drinks and Alcohol

by Melody Hicks, MC. LPC, Counseling Center

There has been a flurry of information lately about college students who are drinking "Four Loko." This particular alcohol-based energy drink is now receiving a lot of media attention and we thought it might be helpful to share a few facts about it.

  1. What are the ingredients in "Four Loko"? -- Alcohol (12% by volume), caffeine, carbonation, sugar, guarana and taurine.

  2. What are taurine and guarana? -- Taurine is possibly best known as a health supplement, and is used in a variety of products. Bodybuilders take supplements of taurine coupled with creatine, which may help in reducing muscle fatigue and soreness. Guarana is reportedly a stimulant that increases mental alertness, fights fatigue, and increases stamina and physical endurance.

  3. Four Loko packaging? -- It is sold in 23.5 ounce cans and comes in a variety of flavors that mask the taste of alcohol found in the drinks, such as grape, fruit punch, and watermelon.

  4. Drinking one Four Loko is equal to -- 4 to 5 standard drinks of alcohol with caffeine intake equal to 3 to 4 cans of Coke, and has about 600 to 800 calories per can.

  5. Possible side effects of drinking Four Loko -- Blackouts, anxiety, hyper-vigilance, heart palpitations, mood swings, alcohol poisoning.

  6. Putting caffeine and alcohol together = problems. Caffeine's stimulating effects can mask the effects of the amount of alcohol consumed; resulting in students drinking more, since they may not feel as impaired. Alcohol poisoning is more likely, but because of the caffeine, the symptoms may be different.

Talking with students about substances such as these is very important, and knowing the latest products that are available to students so parents can have informed conversations is just plain smart. Being aware of the latest products allows parents to have informed conversations about substances and their potentially harmful effects. Have a conversation with your student to see what he/she knows about energy drinks and alcohol. Then, encourage them to make informed decisions about the use of such products.


Welcome, Philip Garrod, MD, MMM

Fronske Health Center is pleased to introduce the newest addition to their staff, Philip Garrod, MD, Medical Director. Dr. Garrod comes to us with a wealth of experience, including 20 years working as an emergency room physician at the Flagstaff Medical Center.


Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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