TERRE HAUTE —
Traffic swelled along the streets inside campus this weekend, as thousands of Indiana State University students brought the latest in technology back for the fall semester.
Inside the rooms of Lincoln Quad, the sisters of Alpha Phi sorority were already at work, employing social media as a tool in this year’s recruitment efforts.
Stephanie Binnie, a junior, explained how members were using websites such as Facebook and Twitter to begin this year’s rush activities. Meanwhile, inside the group’s room, about 40 members sang along to the melody of their sorority’s song, learning it by reading the words emblazoned on a PowerPoint presentation.
“We’ve connected our computers to the TV to conduct PowerPoint presentations,” Binnie said.
Her mother and father attended Indiana University and the University of Indianapolis respectively, she said. But her room as seen this weekend might have seemed like something out of a sci-fi movie had they happened onto it more than 20 years ago. Wireless printers and scanners remained unpacked alongside a box full of DVDs, and Binnie sports an Android smartphone. And while music remains a constant for college students, there were no CDs or cassette tapes to be seen, let alone vinyl.
“No,” Binnie laughed. “I don’t have any CDs.”
Down the street inside the ISU Recreation Center, music of all genres was blaring unknown to anyone but the individual listening.
Sophomore Candace Cutler was moving full speed on a Life Fitness elliptical Sunday afternoon, watching television on the screen attached to the machine. Overlooking the facility’s pool, the merchandising major seemed oblivious to the Offspring song which played overhead.
“I like the more dubstep stuff,” she said, pulling out the earplugs attached to her iPod. That particular genre features mash-ups of bass sounds, she explained. “It just makes it easier to work out to.”
Meanwhile, Brandon Pickett was jamming to Lil Wayne while performing old school dumbbell hammer curls in front of a mirror. His iPhone strapped to his body, he had switched songs while working out, and said technology has changed every aspect of education these days.
“Everybody has a laptop,” he said, noting he brought a MacBook Pro back to school this semester. “Nobody’s coming without a laptop.”
His parents graduated from Purdue and ISU back in the mid-1980s, he said, contrasting the contents of their dorm rooms to his own.
“They didn’t even have computers. They just used pencils and paper and books. Books are pretty much obsolete now,” he said, returning to the hammer curls — which remained about the only thing unchanged from yesteryear.
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Technology trending big as students move onto campus for fall semester
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