Tech Time- Mac vs. PC at SU

By Kaydee Jones

Gull Life Editor

It probably does not come as a surprise that college students spend a lot of time on their cell phones—according to a 2014 Baylor University study, the exact figure is eight to 10 hours daily.

But as much as we love our smart phones, it is laptops and computers that are the necessity for students. Eighty-five percent of college students own a laptop, which outnumbers the amount of smartphone users according to a 2014 AMD survey of college students aged 18 to 26. The survey also found that 41 percent of students named their laptop as their most important possession.

Computers are obviously a necessity. So out of the two main options, PC and Mac, which is our campus more geared toward?

Ninety-five percent of SU’s 3,700 managed computers are Windows operated, according to figures from SU’s Information Technology department. Of the 3,700 computers, 200 are Mac’s, which make up the other 5 percent.

The Mac computers predominantly service the art and design classes and the PC computers are used for just about every other academic course, said Ken Kundell, the chief information officer for the IT department.

The reason for the discrepancy in Mac and PC computers on campus simply comes down to price, said Kundell. A Mac desktop computer is double the price of a Windows desktop computer, as Mac’s cost about $1,400 where PC’s cost about $650.

But Kundell said the Mac computers on campus are getting an upgrade to better equip classes that require a lot of processing and memory storage on their computers.

Kundell also emphasized personal preference as a factor in computer usage.

“Personally, it doesn’t matter to me,” he said.

SU sociology student Nia Smith said she has had both PC and Mac computers but prefers Mac.

“I’ve just always had Mac laptops so I’m used to them,” she said. “There is a learning curve, but once you get used to it they’re so easy to use.”

Sophomore Alex Heil disagrees that Mac’s are user-friendly. He said that Mac’s are too complicated and not worth their high price tag.

“Mac’s aren’t worth it,” he said. “They’re too fancy and I don’t know how to use them.”

Freshman Allie Rowland said that she uses PC’s out of habit. She also said she doesn’t have the time to learn a whole new interface.

“I like Mac’s, but I don’t use them,” she said. “I don’t see the point of switching over now. I guess its just a personal choice.”

What do you think about the Mac vs. PC debate? Comment below.

Outdoor Club tops Recycle Madness for the second Fall semester in a row

Featured image via Amy Wojtowicz

By Kaydee Jones

Gull Life Editor

Salisbury students supported maroon, gold and green last Friday for Recycle Madness.

Red Square turns green once every semester for the Student Government Association sponsored event, where Registered Student Organizations and Registered Club/Organizations are encouraged to bring as many recyclables as they can to promote sustainability.

Dozens of campus organizations collectively brought 8,783 total pounds of recycled materials to Red Square last Friday, according to SGA Vice President of Sustainability Kobi Azoulay. 1,634 pounds of those recyclables came from the Outdoor Club, who received a $200 prize from SGA as the top donator.

The Outdoor Club is no stranger to Recycle Madness, as they were the top organization last fall with 1,050 pounds of recyclables.

The Flyer has reached out to the Outdoor Club for comment but has not received a response yet.

Other top organizations included the Garden Club with 1,439 pounds and the Math and Computer Science club with 619 pounds. The clubs received $150 and $100 cash prizes respectively.

The SGA did see a dip in the amount of recyclables donated as there were 8,861 pounds recycled in the spring semester.

“Despite the slight 77-pound decrease from last semester, Recycle Madness was still a huge success,” Azoulay said in an email to The Flyer. “Outdoor and Garden Club both had extra recycled material they could have brought, so it’ll be interesting to see who brings the biggest weight next semester during Earth Week!”

The average college student produces 640 pounds of solid waste each year and half of that is paper products, according to an article from Boston College.


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Women’s softball splits double header with Va. Wesleyan



Put the freshmen in, Coach.

Game-hoppers on east-campus heard the bleacher hype grow stronger on Wayne St. after the first over-the-fence run was hit by a young, new face in the second game of the double header. Sea Gull’s softball took one win and one loss to Va. Wesleyan, 5-0, 7-1.See  below to find out whose run turned the second game.

Below – Number 11 senior in-fielder Molly Simpson follows through during game one on Saturday. Simpson combined with Third Baseman Katie Sebbane for 10 home-runs last season and the seniors hope to top that number for their final year.

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Deadstock SBY walks stylish sneakers downtown

Staff Writer

With its walls lined in high-end sneakers of every imaginable color and hip-hop playing on the radio, Deadstock SBY almost seems out of place in Downtown Salisbury with its building nestled between the health department on one side and a defense attorney on the other.

flyer_new_shoes   Yet in spite of that incongruence, this is the rock upon which Drew Davis, Deadstock SBY’s owner and operator, has decided to build his church. Members of his congregation are known as “sneakerheads” – fashionistas and collectors who have elevated footwear to a form of cultural art and expression.

“You can absolutely call it a cult following,” Davis said. “The sneakerhead community—especially locally—is incredible. I’ve been so busy here with the store that I haven’t even been able to launch my online store yet. We’ve had a phenomenal first couple of months, and I don’t see it slowing down.”

The network and culture that Davis says Deadstock SBY connects to extends beyond footwear. Music, clothing, art and urban life play heavily into it, said Davis, who used to be a hip-hop artist and promoter here in his hometown of Salisbury.

But Davis said that he eventually hit a “glass ceiling” with his aspirations and wanted a new outlet to pursue his passions.

“I wanted to be a cultural influence on this area and that’s where this came to fruition,” he said. “It allows me to elaborate on what it was I was trying to build with hip-hop. But on the (Eastern) Shore, that’s not necessarily as accepted as it is in D.C. or Baltimore, so we had to do it in a different way, and this is a way of putting it out there in a light that people are less wary of.”

It never occurred to Davis to open up anywhere else; “this is my home, this is where I feel I’m best fit to expand the vision I have for the area,” he said.

Both other downtown businesses, as well as the city itself, have been enthusiastic and energetic about his concept.

Salisbury City Council President Jacob Day said that one of the exciting things about Deadstock SBY is not only that it is youth-oriented and bringing more young people downtown, but that it personifies what he hopes to see for the downtown area.

“You look at their model and it’s really interesting,” Day said. “It’s a shoe store, but what’s great is that it’s a unique shoe store. It’s created and owned by local people and, in other words, it embodies so much of what we’re trying to accomplish in our city, which is to get young people to stay here, be successful economically and determine their own future.”

3rd Friday—the  monthly gathering of locals and artists along the nearby Downtown Plaza—is  one avenue Deadstock SBY has taken to reach out to the community, where they held an event featuring local disc jockeys and offering deals with other businesses in the downtown area.

Jamie Heater, head coordinator of 3rd Friday, believes what they offer is a perfect fit for what the event has always tried to create.

“What [Drew Davis] is passionate about is absolutely underrepresented, probably everywhere, and that’s really what 3rd Friday is about,” Heater said. “Giving local artists and crafters a true forum to get their word out and get their art out. It’s a way for everyone finding a way to participate.

“They get it. It’s about celebrating the things that are unique about Salisbury and unite people here.”

Deadstock SBY is located at 100 East Main St., Suite 103, Salisbury.