Lite-Brites were the coolest new gadgets money could buy? What about when watching a VHS was much coolerthan reciting the ABCs and DVD wasn’t even in ourhome entertainment vocabulary?But with technology advancing to unoreseenheights and becoming a substantial part o everyday communication and interaction, it comes as little sur-prise that educational institutions around the nation are jumping on the technological bandwagon.“Since 1982, technology has become increasingly more important in a student’s education,” said JohnGorsuch, director o the Ram Shop.With the help o Fred Brooks, a pioneer in computerscience, UNC-Chapel Hill established its computerscience department in 1964. Te department considersitsel the second reestanding, Ph.D.-oering computerscience department in the nation.Tough the department initially attracted muchattention, time took its toll, and both the dot-com busto the 1990s and ears o job outsourcing took prece-dence in the minds o prospective majors, resulting indwindling enrollment.“Computer science was a really hot major in the1980s and ‘90s, but then there was a big drop nation- wide,” said Steve Weiss, a proessor in the departmento computer science. “It was a hard major that got you agood job. Ten it just became a hard major.”However, Weiss explained that enrollment has onceagain begun to increase and that, despite statistics andgures, technology on campus and throughout society in general is an important aspect o daily lie.Figures show that the technology industry hasbecome a multi-million dollar business, impacting virtu-ally every American household.In act, more than 22 million adults in the UnitedStates currently own iPods, while the number o Ameri-cans who own computers is even more staggering at 70million households, or 62 percent o the population,as reported by the 2003 U.S. Census Bureau. Tis is anearly sevenold-increase rom 1984, when computeruse seemed like a luxury reserved or a segment o thepopulation.Tough the 1990s were certainly characterized by
“ET, phone home”? Try “ET, text home.” And we may not have spaceshipsthat whip whatever we most desire out of thin air a la “Hitchhiker’s Guide tothe Galaxy,” but phones booths are definitely out of style. And when lightning strikes, let’s all just hope it’s not attracted to your wireless connection....