On March 11, Tech became the first university in the southeast to provide direct Internet access for its campus fraternity and sorority houses.
More than one thousand students who live in houses owned by Georgia Tech's Greek organizations are now connected to the campus computer network and the Internet as a result of the activation of EastNet on the afternoon of March 11.
At the recent dedication ceremony at the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house, President Wayne Clough pushed the button to activate EastNet, giving the 36 fraternity and sorority houses on campus direct access to the Internet and Tech's computer server for the first time.
The EastNet project makes Georgia Tech the first university in the southeast to provide direct Internet access for its campus fraternity and sorority houses. Officials say the EastNet connection is 350 times faster than the commercial dial-up services Greek houses previously relied on to connect to the Tech server and the Internet.
The service gives the students who live in Greek houses the same access available to students living in the residence halls. EastNet was jointly funded by the school and the individual Greek organizations.
The expansion of the campus computer network services to the fraternity and sorority houses was necessary due to increased dependence on network services as well as the new Tech policy requiring all incoming freshmen to own a computer.
Students in the Greek houses now have access to general and high performance computing, web-based curriculum, networked information services such as Web server, mailing lists and e-mail, the University System of Georgia's network (PeachNet), the Internet and other services being developed.
Also, by eliminating the need for late-night walks to computer facilities across campus, the expansion of Tech's computer network services to the Greek houses increases the safety of students.