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COMPUTERS

Dorms moving from parties to computers

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 12, 1985 - Page 5
Budget mekdnrma goes on
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' deadlines for action on separate
budget melodrama is heading for legislation that would increase the
another climax this week as government's borrowing authority
legislators clamber to rescue Uncle and continue the flow of money to
Sam from the dual fiscal perils of un- government offices through a stopgap
precedented default and government measure.
agencies closing their doors for lack
of money. Both measures have become
After taking off yesterday in obser- tangled in the partisan feud over rival
vance of Veterans Day, Congress is budget plans passed by the House and
returning to work today to confront Senate.

By EVE BECKER
In past years, University residence
halls have primarily been associated
with such activities as eating,
sleeping, and partying. Computing, as
a rule, rarely popped into a person's
mind - until now, perhaps.
Backed by a recent regental
decision to assess a mandatory com-
puter fee from all students, the
University has gone ahead with plans
to increase the number of
workstations in residence halls.
WHILE SOME halls have had a few
terminals available for student use, a
lone Decwriter or Ontel terminal has
never really qualified as "computing
for the masses."
According to Jeff Ogden, associate
director of the Computing Center, the
University expects to install 150 Apple
Macintosh computers in residence
halls by January.
The terminals will be distributed
between all halls except Betsy Bar-
bour and Helen Newberry. All the
Macintoshs will be linked to MTS, the
University's central computer
system, Ogden said.
The Computing Center has
discussed having a computer
program in the residence halls for
several years, said Ogden. "It's been
an ongoing discussion to try to find
space," he said. When the University
committed itself to installing 1,500
computers campus wide in two and a
half years, "the whole (residence
hall) project became more real."
BUT THE plan to put the
workstations in the halls goes beyond
just turning the computers on and let-
ting the students in, said Marvin Par-
nes, assistant director of housing.
"We're trying to expose all studen-
ts, from liberal arts to engineering, to
how computers can help them," Par-
nes said. "We're looking further down
the line."
In order to help gauge student con-
cerns over the project, the housing
,division and the Computing Center
distributed several thousand surveys
to students in residence halls asking
them what kind of programs and
training they'd like to see made
available.
OGDEN SAID the purpose of the

survey was to "get a little better idea
of the background students have."
Project coordinator for the Com-
puting Center, Ellen Hoffman, added,
"We're really trying to get student in-
put, but it's not that easy. There's no
central place we can go to get that
feedback."
Since the beginning of the fall term,
Mosher-Jordan has set up a pilot
computer program to experiment
with different teaching methods for
the residence hall program.
Computers have been brought into
resident staff's rooms and training
sessions were set up to familiarize
staff and students with the computers.
The computer room for Mosher-
Jordan has been in construction for
two weeks and should house ap-
proximately ten computers by
January.
ONCE THE stations are set up,
training will begin in other residence
halls. Hoffman said terminals haven't
been installed in other halls yet
because they're still experimenting
with educational programs in Mosher-
Jordan. "We don't want to make em-
pty promises," she said by having the
computers without any established
programs.
Susan Harris, building director for
Mosher-Jordan said that although the
lack of a computer room makes work
"awkward and inefficient," the
program has been received well by
Mosher-Jordan residents.
"More people will be interested on-
ce we have the settings here," she
said, adding that they will extend
their workshops to include subjects
like resume writing on the computer.
Though residence halls appear to
be the first beneficiaries of the
University commitment to improving
computer resources, officials claim
this is only part of the program.
"The residence hall program is
only part of what is going on," Hof-
fman said. And as a result of the
program, more terminals should
become available at other campus
computing centers, she said.
Earlier this term, the University in-
troduced a program to allow students
up to $50 worth of free computing time

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