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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, July 25, 1986
Computers may
be delayed
By EUGENE PAK Information Technology Division,
Installation of the University's said an upswing in contracting prices
much-publicized new computers may and the discovery of unexpected
be delayed up to a year due to a lack of building conditions - including leaky
space, a University official said. basements and lack of bathrooms -
Vice Provost for Information caused the University to un-
Technology Douglas Van Houweling derestimate costs.
said some of the new computers may RATHER THAN asking the Univer-
not be installed until six months to a sity for more money, or raising the
year after originally planned. He said $100 per term student computer fee,
the cost of finding and rennovating Van Houweling said his office will try
work space is 10-20 percent higher to solve the problem by finding
than expected. cheaper spaces.
VAN HOUWELING, who coor- "I don't think we're going to solve
dinates the computer expansion plan, this by getting more money," he said,
had expected to have 1760 computers "..but to stay within the given
installed in residence halls and other budget, we may have to stretch the
university buildings by 1988. time needed to build all the projected
"As it turns out, on central campus, workspaces."
there is less space than we need," he About two-thirds of the computer
said. "We need 40 square feet per budget comes from the student fee,
work station - which is a lot of with the remaining third coming from
space." Daily Photo by CHRIS TWIGG
Bob Moore, budget manager for the See 'U' Page 14 Mary Houle, a first year law student, uses a Macintosh computer at the Michigan Union Computing Center.
'U' security dept. copes with shortage of personnel
.iBy MELISSA BIRKS for another two or three days," Hill said Julie Steiner, director of the office on campus. Housing has its own worry you," Delgado said.
meversity security guards spend fsaid University's new Sexual Assault security division, as does the hospital. WHAT WORRIES administrators is
more time responding to calls than INVESTIGATIONS are often Prevention and Awareness Center. Public Safety hires a company the money it would cost to boost public
patrolling the campus - a direct hurried, and, according to Hestley, While Heatley also says the Univer- called State Security to provide ad- safety's staff. A security guard makes
limitesd staff, officials say. "You take a report from one victim, sity could do more to combat crime, ditional patrols while University a beginning salary of approximately
According to Leo Heatley, director and sometimes you have to leave to he is content with the four new of- security is on call, Heatley said. $15-$16,000. Last year, the department
o i f ey, dr -o to another call." ficers and the proposed new SPECIFIC schools and departmen- spent $597,750 on salaries.
f pubicrsafey, iannaverage fourof-g Currently, the average response emergency phone system. ts often hire guards from State According to Jack Weidenbach,
dispatch officer and supervisor, time is three minutes for department HEATLEY SAID the new officers Security, $5.84 and hour, to patrol director of business operations, who
Security, covering 2500 acres, gets of safety officers. Occasionally, Hill must be ready to respond to calls from buildings. Otherwise, public safety oversees the department of public
about 80 calls a day and responds to said, the department gets a call from the emergency phones, even if they cannot afford to patrol a specified safety, "the staff has been adequate."
everything from physical assaults to one area of csmpus while the officers are false alarms, area, like the anti-apartheid shanty on "Rather than use the money on ex-
broken air conditionerson duty are located at the opposite The phones, scheduled to be in- the Diag. The Free South Africa tra personnel, I think they (ad-
Last Monday, for instance, only two side. Officers have arrived to find stalled in September, will be hooked Coordinating Committee (FSACC) ministrators) are using good
officers were available to respond to the perpetrator gone, "more times up by computer to the department; has requested additional security for judgment. All the things I recommen-
15 calls of malicious destruction than I can count," Hill said. they will trigger an alarm whenever the shanty. ded are being done," Heatley said
during one eight hoursshift. "With more staff, there would be the receiver is knocked off its base. "If you can destroy it, that takes referring to the emergency phones
"THEY COULD ask for eight or 16 more people to handle calls. It would The center and the emergency time and also there's tin that makes and increased lighting.
more and we'd utilize each and every allow us to start programs such as phones, Heatley said, are part of a noise," Hector Delgado, a membr of
one," said Gary Hill, an investigator crime prevention and safe walk renewed interest in campus safety FSACC, said recently. ACCORDING TO Heatley, another
at the department. Though Public (escort service)," Hill said. which can ultimately help the depar- The shanty has boen vandalized problem is the department's inability
Safety has hired four more officers for HILL ADDED that he doesn't think tment monitor and prevent crime. about a dozen times since it was erec- to enforce crime prevention. The
the fall, only 16 actually patrol cam- the University is doing enough to "MAYBE the phones will reduce ted March 21. University is the only Big Ten college
make the campus safe. But he and crime almost as much as putting"They can spendwhatver time and without its own policedepartment.
"We still don't have enough unifor- Heatley agreed that a larger staff more personnel," Heatley said. "If security doesn't see them - t has to
med people by any stretch of the wouldn't necessarily reduce campus they don't, I can justify putting extra
imagination," Hill said. crime, personnel." He added, "I wouldn't
The effect of such limited staff is a "Rather than spending energy want to see a large staff and nothing
backlog of reports and paperwork, crying about the number of officers, else."
while officers respond to each call, we're trying to focus on alternative Despite complaints of lax security,
"You probably won't see the reports ways to supplement what we've got," public safety is not the only security Vol. XCVI - No. 00-E
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