Pagers Stage Comeback to Rival Newer Technology CHEYENNE OWEN Editor-In-Chief
“Oh man. Still rocking the pager, Alan?” No longer is this condescension in an era of ever advancing technology. Pagers, more commonly known as Beepers from their inception in the 1950s into the early ‘90s, are making a comeback and expanding from the hands of first responders into the pockets of the average person, including some UB students. Due to their use of satellite controlled networks to send messages, pagers are more reliable than their cell phone counterparts who only rely on ground based cell networks and will continue to work in the event that cellular networks go down or signals are lost. Some students on campus have expressed their approval of Alphanumeric pagers due to reliability and simplicity (their only modes of function being texting and calling people); no apps, expensive contracts or easily breakable screens like some products found nowadays. Sophomore Rachel Hide held disdain for her phone before revealing that purchasing a pager was a no brainer. “Living in Seeley and having AT&T is possibly the worst combination. I have literally
pressed myself against the window to get a signal and still nothing,” Hide said. “I was hesitant at first (to buy a pager) but when I got that message out in less than five seconds, I was sold.” “They’re practically unbreakable too,” added Rachel’s friend, senior Simon Peggs. “I’ve dropped this more times than I care to count and it still functions. It’s kinda like those old Nokia phones; drop it and you break the floor, not the phone.” The expansion of pagers into our lives may be just the cure we need to simplify our overcomplicated lives and bring some functionality as new technology continues to break but old hardware comes in to replace it.
T-Mobile, Motorola, and Unication will be rolling out new models this fall with designs to attract buyers from all walks of life, but at an affordable price (still to be determined) and with the same reliability and functions that make them so appeasing. Who knows? “I was paged last night” may become commonplace once again. Photo courtesy of gadgetbuzz.com
Target brings back the Toga this Spring SHANIQUA KING Fashion Editor Last week Target announced its latest designer collaboration, “Jean Paul for Target.” The collection will feature 25 pieces from dresses, handbags and accessories that are perfect for this spring and summer season. The French designer was inspired by the effortless, chic and sophisticated design of the toga. The once iconic shape was first developed during the Greek and Roman periods of the 1500s and 1600s. They were also a popular trend among college students’ Toga parties. It has finally made its way back into the fashion world and has inspired Jean Paul to create The Toga Collection that will be available in Target stores nationwide on April 26. Jean Paul stated in an interview with StyleandFashion.com that bringing back the toga trend in the fashion industry will bring a new and exciting experience that any fashion
loving Target customer will enjoy. “I feel that every consumer that purchases a piece from the Toga collection will add a unique and special clothing item into their daily wardrobe,” Paul said. The pieces within the collection can be easily paired with a simple t-shirt during the day, worn as a fun party dress in the night or worn as lounge clothing around the house. The Toga Collection offers a new clean, fresh and aesthetically pleasing design that will flatter any body type and is also affordable to fit any college student’s tight budget. The collection price ranges from $10-30 that is accessible for any customer. A frequent Target shopper and Fashion Merchandising student at the University of Bridgeport Marissa Torres can’t wait for the upcoming collection. “I’m super excited that
Target Toga Collection it’s something new, exciting and unique that Target is offering a different take on fashion,” she said. If you can’t wait until the April 26 debut of Targets Toga Collection, here is a sneak peek of a few of the pieces featured in the collection.
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Issue 8 - April 2012 Print Edition