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Wednesday, May 31 1995 - The Michigan Daily -3
Computer dial-in
numbers change
for more speed

A bubble bath for King Triton
The fountain outside the Michigan League foams and froths yesterday after someone added large amounts of bubbles.
Med School hir'es ou tside
firm to review its diversity

By Jessica Mass
Daily Stall Reporter
High demand for e-mail, confers
and the world of the Internet has forced
the University to update its modems and
to limit access. With three new tele-
phone numbers offering faster speeds
and higher transmission rates, students,
faculty and staff will not have to com-
pete for dial-in access with non-Univer-
sity users.
Kathleen McClatchey, a spokes-
woman for the University's Information
Technology Division, said the system
has been restructured so that University
users will have easy access to all of the
University's computing resources as
well as the Internet.
"The main reason (for these changes)
is that the University has the demand and
the capacity. More people have need of
increased access, and the University can
make more access available,"
McClatchey said.
With the new changes, all dial-in ac-
cess to the University's Computing En-
vironment requires authentication and
authorization. Because users without
ITD accounts cannot gain access to
UMCE, University users will not have to
compete over busy phones lines.
Previously, non-University users had
free access to UMCE resources creating
busy signals and increased costs. Ken
Horning, an ITD spokesman, said the
University absorbed the costs of non-
University users.
"It's getting pretty clear to everyone
that the Internet is not free, and (the Uni-
versity) has an obligation to students,
faculty and staff to provide access,"
Horning said.
To cover operating and expansion
costs, ITD will charge users a flat
monthly fee of $4.40, which will be de-

New Numbers

28.8 Kbps
14.4 Kbps
28.8 Kbps
14.4 Kbps
2400 bps

ducted from monthly ITD computing al-
location accounts.
Horning said the flat fee will leave
plenty of money allotted for other com-
puting activities. "It would be difficult to
run out of money," Horning said.
With the installation of three new
telephone numbers and the replacement
of the Secondary Communications Pro-
cessors with the faster Network Access
Servers, University users will have more
dial-in access to UMCE and the Internet.
To make the transition easier, ITD
provides online help as well as 764-
HELP, a telephone information line.
Horning said there is also an elaborate
help menu programmed on the dial-in
In the fall, 40,000 copies of the
UMCE User Guide will be distributed
with detailed information about authen-
tication, costs and new login numbers,
and ITD publishes Info Tech Digest ev-
ery month with new information about
Bruce Bielawa, a doctoral student in
the School of Music, said that he checks
his e-mail from home every day. "The
only change I've noticed is the extra
step at the beginning, which is a little bit
of a bother, but you get used to it," he

Dialing in for e-mail
Uke the old access numbers, the
new connections are grouped by
the modem speed.

By Mabel Cheng
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to promote broader diver-
sity among faculty, students and staff,
the University Medical School is now
Working with an external firm to review
gender and cultural diversity within the
Nichols and Associates, an applied
behavioral science firm hired by the Uni-
versity, is in the middle of designing a
systemwide survey from graduate stu-
dents, faculty members, Housing office
staff and Medical students.
Dr. Leroy Wells Jr., agraduate profes-
sor at the Howard University School of
ommunications' department of human
communication studies, is a senior mem-
ber of Nichols and Associates and also the
team leader of the assessment.
"We are designing a survey instru-
ment to try to measure different percep-
tions on the issue of diversity in the
Medical School," Wells said.
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"There is a lot of room for improve-
ment," said Medical School Prof. George
Brewer, chair of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs. "The
Black faculty is something likeone or two
percent. There's kind of a relative lack of
women faculty, particularly at the higher
Dr. A. Lorris Betz, senior associate
dean for academic affairs, said that the
University employed an external firm for
its working expertise, but also for the op-
portunity for frankness that it offers.
Representatives from the firm visited
the campus in March and April to con-
duct interviews with faculty, students

and staff.
"We have done focus group inter-
views, individual interviews and we
have looked back at a lot of historical
and archival reports," Wells said.
Betz said that this assessment is
part of a long term strategic plan.
"We have the Diversity Committee
in existence for approximately three
years," Betz said. "During the first year,
they put together a number of strategic
plans and the first item of these plans
was to conduct a diversity audit."
Betz said the final report of the as-
sessment is expected in late summer to
early fall.

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