“I started looking for a job back in 2003 when a lot of places were closing down or laying people off, so I applied to the universities and hospitals because they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. So I got the job here and have been working my way up ever since. I am fully benefitted now and everyday I come here to work as hard as I can and try to better myself.”
Marqoesa wakes up to the hum of a John Deere tractor pulling through the doors of her stable. As she awakes she is presented with three flakes of Carb-Guard feed and a wheelbarrow is parked next to her to carry away the mess from the night.
“Every morning people are here cleaning the stalls.” Said Jess Childs, a UNH students working at the Tirrell Horse Barn.
As part of the morning routine the horses are cycled from inside to outside and stall to stall as they eat, exercise, get brushed, and have their stable cleaned.
“Each horse is outside for at least two hours every day,” said Child “Although if the weather is nice they tend to spend even more time than that.”
Within the 40 stalls of the Tirrell Horse Barn there are 28 UNH owned horses and several other student horses owned by UNH or Thomson School students. The UNH horses are used for horse lessons, classes, and students who love to ride do not have their own horse on campus.
Paige Templeton, taking ANSC 402: Horsemanship, was gearing up to ride.
“I am here every Tuesday and Thursday for my class,” said Templeton “I go out and ride into the riding pens and practice dressage and jumping.”
Templeton said she has ridden before, but was never able to own her own horse. She likes the UNH program because it allows her continue learning to ride, but significantly cuts down the costs.
For those who have not yet adjusted to the new UNH Wi-Fi networks, you may consider switching over the UNH-Public or UNH-Secure network sooner than later. According to Dan Corbeil, the UNH Telecommunications Operations Manager, wireless clients will no longer have access to the “unh-highspeed” or “unhwireless” networks after October 7th. In addition to this change, residential halls will also see a new network called UNH-gaming. A network designed specifically for students online gaming systems.
“The reason for changing the network names was to more accurately depict the purpose of each network,” said Corbeil “ The function and speed of the networks remain the same. Students should choose UNH-Secure whenever possible, UNH-Public is unsecure and information sent using this network could be intercepted. The function and speed of the networks remain the same.”
According to speedtest.net, a website designed to test the speed and functionality of internet connections, the networks UNH-Secure, UNH-Public, and unh-highspeed, all have similar speeds. The tests took place in Handler Hall, Horton Hall, and the Memorial Union Building. The site graded the both network connections as a “B”, meaning the networks are very good, but some online games may not perform optimally.
However, UNH-Gaming will not provide students with a faster connection. According to Corbeil, this network was created for the gaming stations that cannot authenticate and connect to the UNH-Secure network.
A problem that many students have had including Chis Hastings, a sophomore at UNH living in Handler Hall.
“It just shows an error code every time I try to connect it,” said Hastings “After a while I just gave up trying.”
Hastings did admit he had similar troubles last year connecting to the unh-highspeed, but it just magically worked one day. He now awaits to the UNH-Gaming network to finally update his XBOX-360 and try out his new copy of NHL 15 online.
Yet, some students like David Desaulniers, a junior finance major, still prefer the older unh-highspeed network. He claims that the connection feels much slower and that it takes forever to verify his computer on the network.
Corbeil says that most performance issues students face can be linked to radio frequency interference primarily from unauthorized wireless devices, most commonly wireless routers and personal hotspots.
“These devices disrupt the service for the universities wireless access points,” said Corbeil “For the university wireless network to work properly ad-hoc wireless networks should be disabled.”
For those who still seem less than optimistic about the new network changes Corbeil offers four tips to help smooth the transition: