GOD DAMN! i was told what the problem is by someone who seems to know.
it's the upload cap they have in place. THAT'S the problem. man, i knew there had to be something other than general network use.
and as for the purpose of the cap, i was told that it is to keep people from being able to run servers on campus. this is a perfectly legit concern.
however, i think that we could definitely find a compromise here with whoever is in charge of the bandwidth cap. unfortuneately i have no idea what the cap is set at. but i can almost guarantee it could be raised to something which would make gaming more possible yet keep it unfeasable to run a server. anyone else agree with me on this? and does anyone know who we need to talk to about getting the cap raised???