23.4.06

OPPORTUNITY COSTS. Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, purchased additional web servers to support its distance education efforts. Students revealed a preference to engage in distance education via something called My Space. The college chose to block that service from its library computers.

The community college has blocked the site in response to complaints about sluggish Internet speed on campus computers.

An investigation found that heavy traffic at MySpace.com was eating up too much bandwidth, said August Alfonso, the school's chief of information and technology. Forty percent of daily Internet traffic at the college involved the site, he said.

"This was more about us being able to offer Web-based instruction, and MySpace.com was slowing everything down," President Carlos Garcia said.

Not everybody is happy.
"We pay for school and the resources that are used," said Zeke Santos, 20. "It's our choice, we're the ones paying for our classes. If we pass or fail, it's up to us."
Up to a point. But if the college provides resources that students are misusing, isn't its administration responsible, acting as an agent of the students' success, to prevent that misuse of resources? (I'm cutting Mr Santos some slack here. Presumably the notion of a congestable facility does not come up in the first two years of higher education.)

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