The New Essentials: Students Bring All the Electronics That Fit

Posted: August 29, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

Residential students heading to campus this fall brought with them an ever-enlarging collection of essentials that includes a host of electronic devices: computers, portable music players and digital cameras, among others.

Freshman Steve D’Alfonso brought a Dell Inspiron laptop and iPod Shuffle to his new residence hall in President’s Park. His room is going to be filled with electronic equipment, not only what he brought along, but also products his roommates are bringing.

“I told my roommates to bring a TV, and we will split a fridge,” says D’Alfonso. The first-year student is emphatic: “I consider both a laptop and a fridge essential.”

Freshman Lucy Young coordinated with her roommates on what to bring and what not to bring to their shared room before she moved in. “I brought the microwave and vacuum. One of my roommates brought a mini fridge. The other roommate could not bring anything because she is from California,” says Young, who is from Herndon, Va.

Young, who is majoring in art history, is anticipating using a Magic Bullet, which her roommate brought to their President’s Park housing. “It’s like a mini blender. All you do is turn it,” says Young.

Brian Barnes is the area coordinator for President’s Park. He oversees staff, general maintenance and judicial proceedings in the residential area.

“Students are bringing laptops, iPods, Xbox and flat-panel televisions,” says Barnes. “They are bringing more flat-panel televisions than I have seen any other year. I’ve also seen a lot of folks with amplifiers for guitars.”

Ashok Acharya traveled from Roanoke, Va., to help his daughter Apoorva move into a residence hall in President’s Park. “We brought a computer, printer, MP3 player and TV – those are the four essentials,” says Acharya. “Her roommate brought a refrigerator and an iron – that’s it.”

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