By STACI PARKS
Kyle Bass, a junior computer information systems and
management major, spends his afternoons in the back of the housing office at
the beck and call of his fellow students.
Bass holds the lone job of fixing campus residents’
Bass said he likes the job because it allows him to help
“Also, [I enjoy] being apart of the housing family,” Bass
said. “It’s like a big family here.”
Bass said he has worked for the housing department for
the past two years and has been working alone for a year.
“I enjoy working alone; it’s more of a challenge to keep
all the work going,” he said. “But sometimes I would like a partner to
share the burden.”
Bass said he initially discovered the job when first went
to the housing office in need of some computer guidance.
He said a typical day for him begins a 1 p.m. when he
comes into the office.
“I come in, check my work order box, start working on the
computers in the office, check on the rest of the housing office to see if they
need any help and then I go out and about into the dorms fixing problems,” Bass
During a slow week, Bass said he fixes about five or six
computers and, during a fast week or at the beginning of a quarter, he averages
about 15 to 20 computers.
Bass said although the job is a lot of work, he has
accumulated some funny stories.
“We used to have radios in here and I had a partner about
a year and a half ago,” Bass said. “We would be talking over the radio and when
we knew [we were working with] a person who wasn’t very computer literate, the
person here [in the office] would say, ‘How are you coming with the work
order?’ I would say ‘Nothing to it. We just have an I-D-I-O-T problem.”
Bass said some would catch the joke and some would not,
but most people found it funny.
Sam Speed, director of housing, said he believes this
service is important because the expertise level on computer-related matters
varies from student to student.
Speed said Bass is a diligent worker.
“Every time I check up on him everything is done that
needs to be done,” Speed said. “He’s pretty efficient. I think he does a good
Jeremy Johnson, a senior sociology major, said Bass has
fixed his computer before and did a great job.
“I kept getting a ‘blue screen of death’ and we couldn’t
figure out why, but Kyle went to work on it and fixed it up,” Johnson said.
“It’s important that Tech has this service because almost everyone on campus
has a computer and not everyone is able to fix their own.”