Computer labs receive new gifts

By Christina Williams
January 29, 2004

Shawn Rice

The graphic design lab is the home to 16 new Macintosh G5 computers, each with a flat panel screen. Each computer is running Macintosh OSX, which is the latest software for Macintosh computers.

The 16 new computers were installed over the winter break by the staff of the Information, Technology and Resources department on campus. The new computers were made possible by an allocation in the college’s budget.

John McIntyre, director of Information, Technology and Resources said, “Every year one third of the number of classroom computers are updated and this year the update was done in the graphic design lab.” The software on the computers is updated every time Macintosh comes out with new software.

The new computers in the graphic design lab are not the only technological upgrade in the communications wing. Anyone who walks into the newsroom on the second floor of Founder’s Hall will notice a big difference. On the wall there are three new 27″ Sharp flat screen monitors.

The televisions came along with new technical sound mechanics. These sound mechanics allow professors using the televisions to focus on the audio of one specific television. For example, if the class began listening to CNN the professor can change the audio so they can listen to MSNBC instead.

The televisions are running on Comcast digital cable and broadcast three different news channels. The televisions are set to C-SPAN, CNN and MSNBC. The channels being broadcasted on each television are decided by Dr. Jerry Zurek, head of the English/communications department. “The computers were purchased through a federal grant to increase student awareness of global issues obtained by the Southeast Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education,” Zurek said.

Posted to the web by Shawn Rice

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