Evergreen Wireless Network
Gaps in coverage -
The gaps in coverage in the SOUP will probably be there for a long time. If your laptop doesn't work very well there, or in spots in the library, or in SEM2 (where there will be more wireless soon), you might take a look at a portable wireless router which you can plug into an ethernet jack to get your own wireless hub.
D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP
$40 or so on-line, plus shipping; $49 from Amazon including shipping...
Apple's Airport Express does this too, plus other cool stuff:
But it's $119 with the student discount, and their site's collecting a list of complaints about the unit burning out after 18 months or so.
Or you might want to try improving your laptop's antenna with a miniature USB plug-in external antenna - especially if it has a metal case, like my beloved Mac titanium Powerbook.