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paulk
Posted on: Nov 19 2008, 11:22 AM


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Just to offer another point of view on this matter:

Although I understand wanting to work out on Saturday, it's possible that there wasn't a lot of demand at that time. That, and/or staffing issues at that time could also combine to make it not available. I looked around at the BAC's hours, and they vary by location for Saturdays. Some close at 5, some don't. I think that the difference is probably due to demand.

Frustrating, to be sure. If enough students expressed interest, however, I think they would extend hours.
  Forum: Living on campus · Post Preview: #13978 · Replies: 2 · Views: 40,697

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QUOTE (csvb44 @ Sep 3 2008, 10:45 AM) *
You're just going to have to live with horrible internet during the first 2-3 weeks back in the dorms. Both semesters will be like this. Also note, that from about 10AM to 5 PM the internet in the dorms is basically dead.


Hey all,
I did some digging around, and was able to get some answers for you about the network. Actually, the real work was done by one of the admins for ResNet, so we should thank him. Here's what's up. This is mostly based on an e-mail I received from the admin, with some changes and emphasis added:

The settings appear to be fine over in campus services, with latency falling in an acceptable range, as well as download speeds.

However, based on this post, they are going to look into adjusting the settings. In a couple of weeks, we may see some results. So, I would say in about 3 weeks or so we might see some improvements. Please note, that during the day the traffic is bad for the whole college network (emphasis mine, and trust me, I can verify this as true, even in Cleveland Hall), so trying to play games or playing online video might have some issues at that time, but after 5 or 6 in the evening the traffic is lot better.

Online gaming depends on a lot of things. Sometimes if it requires certain ports to be opened, we do open those ports, but many times we can't open certain ports because of security issues. If computing services thinks that it is a security issue, they won't open a port just for gaming and take the risk of compromising the entire network.

I should also note, that it's been found that most students are running P2P software like Limewire, often without even knowing they are sharing whatever they have in their shared folder. This software auto starts every time they go online, that has a huge effect on the ResNet also (again, emphasis mine).

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So, there you go. If you don't know that your P2P is on, check it or get it checked, as you're slowing us all down.

Also, note that there are options available and the college does listen. There are, however, sometimes very real reasons why ports can't be opened.

I'd encourage anyone who has additional questions or comments to post them here.

And, as always, keep it civil.

Thanks,
Paul
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Posted on: Aug 12 2008, 09:07 PM


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QUOTE (sj4589 @ Aug 12 2008, 08:54 PM) *
I lived on campus through the summer and still am when am i going to find out when i am going to move in and how will they tell me.


They have listed move in information on the homepage of the Residence Life site, http://www.buffalostate.edu/residencelife/. If you scroll down a bit, you should see it.

However, if you have a more specific question, I would recommend contact Residence Life directly:

Residence Life Office
Porter Hall
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 878-3000
Fax: (716) 878-6000
reslife@buffalostate.edu

The Residence Life Office is open from 8:30-5:00 pm.(MTWF), 8:30 - 6:00 pm (Thursday).
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Posted on: Aug 6 2008, 07:07 PM


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QUOTE (madddwoman @ Aug 6 2008, 06:43 PM) *
sad.gif Does any other person feel this way?...... My son just recieved his room assignment and he is in a triple. I called residence life and I was told that he maybe tripled for the whole school year. This is his first year at Buff State. I thought that they stated that they stated that they would only be tripled for at the most 2weeks. I really hope that the rooms are large enough to accommodate all 3 comfortable. If they know that this may happen then they need to have it down as an option on the housing application. Can anyone help me feel better about this?



I'm sorry to hear that you feel this way. I know that a triple isn't ideal for everyone, but given the right mix, students can make it work. I've seen it happen, and everyone does make the best of it. Or at least, they should try to.

Regarding time frames: I'm not sure where that information may have come from, but on the Residence Life site they have information about the rooming assignments. It's a good overview of the situation colleges face when assigning rooms. I have witnessed the exact same phenomena at UB, as well as read about it at other schools, over the years.

I hope you find this helpful. If you have more questions about housing on campus, definitely feel free to contact Residence Life. You may also wish to talk with other parents in For Parents forum.
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Posted on: Aug 6 2008, 07:00 PM


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QUOTE (ms.newbsc @ Aug 6 2008, 05:22 PM) *
I was told the rooms have one desk, but im seeing two in some of the rooms. Which is it. The floor looks kind of bare in the first pic, but theres carpet in one of them. Do you know if the rooms have carpet or not? Also, i was thinking about bringing a little chair, maybe a bean bag one. Is that allowed? Do you know how spacious the closets are?


Rooms should have two of everything: desks, chairs, etc. For the carpet, you have to BYOC. Or your roommate does.

I've heard tales of beanbag chairs not being allowed. I find this surprising, but it may be true, judging from posts on this forum. I think as long as it meets these requirements you should be cool.

Sorry, I don't know how large the closets are. Not huge, but I think a serviceable size. Perhaps someone who has lived in the Towers can get my back on this one?
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Posted on: Aug 6 2008, 04:59 PM


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QUOTE (ms.newbsc @ Aug 6 2008, 05:22 PM) *
Why arent there any posts from anyone whos living in tower 2????????????? mellow.gif Does any one have anything to say about it? What are the rooms like? Bathrooms? Are there kitchen lounges? Does tower 2 have a reputation like Porter "projects". Pics, experiences- post here.


You can see pictures of some of the dorms in the View photo gallery: http://view.buffalostate.edu/main.php?g2_i...&g2_a=24369. There are two pages of pics, so look for the nav at the top and the bottom. I hope this helps!
  Forum: Living on campus · Post Preview: #13591 · Replies: 4 · Views: 47,635

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Posted on: Aug 5 2008, 10:12 PM


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QUOTE (ballslol @ Aug 5 2008, 09:21 PM) *
If you don't know what a triple is, I don't think you should be in college haha.


Hey, new school, new terminology. It's ok to ask what a triple is, since that's why we're here!

Besides, every school does things differently. For example, the campus housing is currently referred to as a "residence hall", where many schools call them dorms.
  Forum: Living on campus · Post Preview: #13572 · Replies: 15 · Views: 65,769

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Posted on: Aug 4 2008, 12:27 PM


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Hey all, I understand that everyone feels passionately about this topic, but let's watch the language, all right? I've already deleted some terms from two of your posts, as well as from the original title of this post. I was going to PM you individually, but I figure this information will benefit everyone.

So, watch the swears, ok? I don't like to warn people, but after this, I'll have to.

Otherwise, I understand that it can seem inconvenient to some people to be in the hotel. The school does provide free transportation from the campus to the hotel. Although that may seem inconvenient, I know that UB busses students from many of its dorm complexes, as well as between campuses. It all depends on the person, how your experience will go.

Don't panic. It'll work out ok.
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Posted on: Jul 30 2008, 10:27 AM


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QUOTE (ms.newbsc @ Jul 30 2008, 09:43 AM) *
i keep checking the website, but it keeps tellin me that that my social and BOD does not match. i know it does and i know i have a room because reslife told me my room. now when i go on the website it says the website is declined to show this message". is this website legit?? i wanted to find out who my roommate is. do you think reslife would tell me if i call them now???


Yes, that Web site is legit! There may be an issue that is causing the error you're encountering. If you call Residence Life at (716) 878-3000, they should be able to help you.
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Posted on: Jul 29 2008, 03:07 PM


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QUOTE (Greg @ Jul 26 2008, 06:47 PM) *
Although the on-campus living dynamic changes every year, last year Tower 3 was known for 'that place you can buy your stolen stuff back'.


I'm definitely sorry to hear that any students were experiencing issues such as these this last year.

When living on campus, you can always contact your RA or the University Police, if necessary, to help out with any issues you may encounter. They are here to help you, should the need ever arise.

The University Police Web site has some safety tips for the residence halls, as well as other, more general, safety information:
http://www.buffalostate.edu/offices/police...=tips#Residence

Residence Life also has some information about campus safety at:
http://www.buffalostate.edu/residencelife/x509.xml

As noted above, the makeup of the dorms changes every year, so it's hard to say that the way it was one year is the way it will be the next year.

You can see a few interior pictures from the Towers in our Virtual Tour at http://www.buffalostate.edu/tour/index.asp?sectid=st
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Posted on: Jul 23 2008, 09:08 PM


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QUOTE (Pettjm54 @ Jul 23 2008, 09:34 PM) *
I read a lot of the questions on these boards and all of these can really be answered by going to the BSC website. Just type it whatever you want to know in the search bar on the top right of the page. Do some searching before you go insane and ask someone. If you cant find your answer, i suggest calling whatever dept. your question relates to first to get an immediate and direct answer. Instead of waiting and waiting for a response on here.

www.buffalostate.edu give it a try!


What pettjm54 is saying almost always true. You can find many answers on the Buffalo State Web site by using the search engine. You can also go to the search directly at http://search.buffalostate.edu/.

Alternately, a lot of the same questions come up here. You can try using the search in the upper right and see if the answer you want has already been posted on the forum.

Of course, everyone is always welcome to ask questions if they have them! But the search may help you without having to post.
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Posted on: Jul 20 2008, 09:19 PM


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QUOTE (Cali.new.york.baby'08 @ Jul 20 2008, 05:53 PM) *
you sure its the 21st cuz i was told it was the 22nd..... ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?


Usually first-year students move in a day ahead of everyone else, so it would be the 21st for them, and the 22nd for returning students. You may want to contact Residence Life directly if you have any questions:

Residence Life Office
Porter Hall
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 878-3000
Fax: (716) 878-6000
reslife@buffalostate.edu
http://www.buffalostate.edu/residencelife/
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Posted on: Jul 14 2008, 09:52 PM


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QUOTE (ajay @ Jul 14 2008, 10:24 PM) *
can you ride around the city or are their designated trails/areas for bikes?


There are bike trails around the Buffalo area, including some that run right by the campus. You can find some information (and URLs) on the Buffalo State Web site in the Buffalo City Guide for Cycling
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Posted on: Jul 14 2008, 04:06 PM


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QUOTE (BMcKenley @ Jun 29 2008, 07:02 PM) *
If anyone is looking for a fridge for the upcoming semester please contact me because I will be going to school in Texas for a year so I need to get rid of this fridge.



I'm not going to delete this thread, but selling things isn't allowed on the forums. Sorry, SUNY says so. Take it PMs or email if you want to get rid of something.

Also, craigslist is helpful, even here in b-lo.

Thanks!
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Posted on: Jun 22 2008, 09:04 PM


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QUOTE (SkittlesXD @ Jun 22 2008, 07:21 PM) *
Is there intramurel Ice hockey? If not, is there anyway to start one?


I'm not sure. It'd be best to contact Athletics directly: call (716) 878-3679 or go to Houston Gym 132.

The worst thing they can say is no.

Good luck!
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Posted on: Jun 9 2008, 03:32 PM


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QUOTE (dairyqueen15 @ Jun 8 2008, 12:14 PM) *
yeah real nice, buffalo state has to lower their standards to accomodate to students who try and fail many times...impressive...


I'd just like to point out that this isn't actually the case.

The reasons, as outlined in the Senate minutes, are that it was:

brought to the Instruction & Research Committee by the Senators from the School
of Natural and Social Sciences. They brought it forward b/c the
national norms for science and math classes are often 200-level courses
here (although they meet our campus's requirements for upper-division
courses given their pre-requisites, they couldn't be so numbered without
being out of step with national standards).

Departments still have the purview to require as many upper-division
credits of their students as they'd like for their majors (provided they
have the program approved by the Senate).

There were additional issues that arose due to the new Intellectual Foundations requirement (removing
24 credits of upper-division credits from the gen ed possibilities) and
issues with certain majors and transfer students.

If anyone would like to have a complete understanding of the issues that were debated
(it was before the Senate for a year), you can review the minutes
on the College Senate's website:

http://www.buffalostate.edu/collegesenate/minutes.xml


So, there you go!
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Posted on: Jun 7 2008, 10:27 PM


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Computing and Technology Services lists discount programs for students at:
http://www.buffalostate.edu/cts/x687.xml

Perhaps that will be more accurate and helpful than the link off of the B&N site
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Posted on: Jun 7 2008, 04:45 PM


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QUOTE (kamikaze @ Jun 7 2008, 04:53 PM) *
LOL buffalo state reflects poorly on itself without anyone doing or saying anything.


We are doing and saying two things:

Saying:
1: Please stop acting out on the forum

Doing:
2: Or your account will be temporarily suspended


I'm sorry that no-one answered your question in a manner that you considered to be timely, but that's just the way forums operate sometimes. What mathgeni said is correct: visits aren't necessarily from forum members, as guests are allowed to view the forums (but not post).

As for the laundry rooms in the tower, I'm sure they do exist. The where is something that someone will answer or that you'll discover on your own. My guess is that either each floor has its own laundry room, or that they're in the basement or on the ground floor.

I hope that helps. You'll find that most users of the forum are helpful if you don't attack them in your posts.

Thanks,
Paul
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QUOTE (SkittlesXD @ Jun 6 2008, 02:07 PM) *
Will I be killed if I wear my Chris Drury jersey?


heh, I think that would depend on if you're wearing the Sabres or Rangers version of his jersey...
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Posted on: May 7 2008, 08:20 AM


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QUOTE (jsal15 @ May 7 2008, 08:22 AM) *
Are there any renovations being done on the campus?


Campus Services lists some of their projects on their Web site:
http://www.buffalostate.edu/campusservices/x604.xml


Right now, the Coyer Field work seems to be what's occupying them the most. A complete list of work occurring over the summer usually appears around this time of year.
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QUOTE (AUnI13 @ May 2 2008, 11:48 AM) *
Today I woke up with the urge of wanting to eat but i know that I have only 2 dollars in my card. Throughout this semester I wasted my card on student Union Food for myself and friends because on occassion they will forget or miss place there card. So, as a good friend I would purchase them food or let them use my card. In the last 2 day I have been stared at up and down because I would go get food on my friend card. I was also talked about behind my back from the same person. This person which is a white female who works at the Grill spot and she doesn't seem mentally challenged. I know students tend to steal peoples card but if ur friend gives you the authorization to use his/her card why should we get the card taken away or get stared at up and down. I belive I am a student that is trying eat especially if I know I pay a good amount of money to attend this school. After this whole insident I was watched by the Manager and fallow through the hall way. He asked me "What is my problem?." I expressed that he has a worker who is staring me up and down and talking junk just because I used some one elses meal card 2 days ago. I also told him I am a really college student trying to survive and live of 2 dollars. He got upset and told me I have the power for you not to eat here in the Union any more. My last statement was the I'll see him later and that I will report the female who shows signs that she dosen't like me.
The funny thing about this whole incident is that most of these workers dont care if you use other peoples cards. They dont even care if you take food and drinks from the union. Most of them are here to get the money as a second job or to treat there addiction. That seems much more positive in the eyes of a student who pays to come to Buffalo State College and get harshed but workers who dont get drug tested and are losers except for a few.


AUnI13:

I think the point other forum members are trying to make regarding your post, is that this incident sounds like it may not be as damning an indictment of Sodexho as one would like. It sounds like you're angry because the manager was suspicious of you when you were using someone else's card to buy food. Generally, that isn't such a bad thing. The fact that you also call in race (an irrelevant point) and make speculations on a person's mental capacity (also irrelevant) and lifestyle choices (wild speculation) definitely make it seem that things may have got a little... tense... during your check out--all the more reason for a manager to be suspicious.

The forums can provide some venting, but that really isn't the purpose of the forums. Although users do like to help, and we do want everyone to feel welcome to share their feelings, in this case I think you may be overreacting a little.

After all, when me and my friends would try and use up our declining balance (as it was called), we'd at least be there, or not use it with someone who knew that the name and face on the card didn't match the name and the face in front of them. I mean, come on... you got to be at least a little bit sneaky, or the manager is going to come and check things out.

So, in conclusion:

- watch the rants
- watch the responses
- don't pick on new people (what goes around, comes around)
- don't pull poor scams on campus

thanks!
Paul
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Posted on: Mar 20 2008, 03:24 PM


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That's too bad that those organizations weren't able to help you. However, I'm glad to hear you were able to exercise some creative problem solving to address the issues you were facing.
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QUOTE (JAM @ Mar 18 2008, 05:12 PM) *
500 kb/s is still alot... you easily can still download the same amount of material it will just take slightly longer. But with housing up over $500 from last year why shouldnt students download all they want at good speeds.


That was the point: they throttle users' connections as a punishment. There are some other examples of the problems they face. I'll have to see if I still have the message.

If everyone was to all download as much as they wanted, any school's network would grind to a halt. Shoot, I'd be downloading live bootlegs all day! Unlimited bandwidth x 10,000 people = no network

and a huge bill that not even $500 would cover, per person.

I don't know what the cost is associated with, although I believe its been addressed before. I think state budget cuts and increased costs in tamdem are related to that.

If you have an issue with it, I believe the RHA (and similar) can help.
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QUOTE (Pettjm54 @ Mar 18 2008, 04:08 PM) *
Also another thing, local outages such as that in Cleveland Hall or fixed immediately cause thats the main administration building for Buffalo State. God for bid they should have that much tender loving care for ResNet.


The way I look at it, if that were true, I wouldn't suddenly have someone suddenly misconfigure the ports in my office. Or the switch for our floor. Seeing as how our office maintains the Buffalo State Web site.

However, point taken, I will point out that from what I read, many colleges struggle with supporting residential networks. The biggest problem are users using up everyone else's bandwidth, of which the school only has so much. Here's one recent example I read about at another SUNY school (not here):

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We’re also experimenting with the idea that if a student downloads a lot (currently 5 GB in a day), then we automatically limit them to 500 Kb/s for a day.


Again, this is NOT HERE. Just to illustrate that this is an issue for many college campuses.
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QUOTE (Pettjm54 @ Mar 17 2008, 12:35 PM) *
Verizon? Well that makes sense, referring to that lovely internet outage friday evening through saturday morning.


Yeah, I saw the posts about that. That sucks. Usually, with campus-wide outages like that, it's hardware failure or something else.

For instance, about a year ago the campus lost its connection to the internet because a demolition crew down on Elmwood (by Pano's) severed the Verizon line running to campus. Awesome.

Otherwise, local outages in Cleveland Hall have been caused by failed routers or switches. They are usually pretty fast about getting those things back up and running... if it's possible to get it resolved quickly, that is.
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