The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 29, 1998, Page 6, Image 6

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    Calendar changes made
From Staff Reports
UNL students can look forward to
two fewer days of class next year
because of a decision made by the
Calendar Committee on Tuesday.
Earl Hawkey, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln registrar, said
Chancellor James Moeser and his cab
inet have approved schedule changes
next year that include a fall break and a
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The schedule changes also include
moving spring break up one week from
the 10th week of second semester
classes to the ninth week. The Labor
Day holiday changes from two days to
One of the days taken from Labor
Day will go toward the two-day fall
break, which is Oct. 26-27. The break
is a student holiday, but UNL offices
will be open, Hawkey said.
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By Jessica Fargen
Assignment Reporter
More than $1 million will be
spent next year on 200 new comput
ers, a 24-hour lab in the Nebraska
Union and increased hours for the
computer help-line.
And every UNL student is help
ing pay the bill with the technology
fee enacted last year.
Pam Holley-Wilcox, director of
information technology support,
said about $1.3 million from the “per
credit hour” fee will be spent next
year to upgrade technology and keep
University of Nebraska-Lincoln stu
dents competitive.
This year the fee was $2 per cred
it hour; next year the fee will raised
to $4 per credit hour. It will level off
at $5 per credit hour in 1999-2000.
The fee is not charged beyond 15
credit hours.
Holley-Wilcox said 47 comput
ers will be replaced on East Campus,
61 will be replaced at Love Library,
19 new computers will be put in the
union and the rest will replace old
computers in campus labs. Labs with
the heaviest use will receive the best
equipment first, she said.
The purpose of the technology
fee is to have about 500 UNL com
puters on a three-year replacement
cycle to keep them updated, she said.
Computers in administrators’ and
instructors’ office are not part of that
Daryl Swanson, director of
Nebraska Unions, said the old lab in
the union had 15 computers. When
the renovated union opens in
September, the new lab will have 28
inside and six outside the lab on
stand-up counters primarily for stu
dents to check e-mail.
Swanson said the new lab proba
bly will not be open 24 hours until
October, when the new west entrance
is completed.
Whether students are dealing
with new or used computers, a new
student-friendly help line will be
available when problems arise.
Holley-Wilcox said the current
help line, run by Information
Services, is staffed by professionals
and geared toward faculty members,
while consultants in labs are meant
to help students.
But next fall, the help line may
provide a “peer-to-peer experience”
with the addition of student staff and
later hours, she said. On- and off
campus students, staff and faculty
members can call the line with ques
tions about the Internet, viruses, e
mail or any computer problems.
“This is a departure for us to
change our philosophy to explicitly
create a service geared to student
needs,” she said.
Paul Schreier, former technology
fee advisory board chairman for stu
dent government, said his committee
and other students have been meet
ing this year with a group of admin
istrators to decide how to use the fee.
Estimated credit hours and
enrollment were used to project
spending for next year.
Schreier said die new computers
are “very close to the top of the line”
and thinks students are getting their
money’s worth.
“I really think the students are
getting a good deal here,” Schreier
Students can see the results of
their technology fee in several
places, he said, such as new comput
ers and a new work station in Love
Last Wednesday several comput
ers paid for by the fee were put on a
stand-up counter in the QuiKick, a
convenience store in the parking
garage near Memorial Stadium, for
students to check e-mail as they
Although this surge of updated
technology is new to UNL students,
it has been going on at other univer
sities for a while.
UNL has been falling behind in
technology compared to peer institu
tions, Holley-Wilcox said. When
UNL implemented its fee last year,
she said, only two other schools in
the Big 12 did not have technology
fees. The future $5 fee was consistent
with fees at other schools.
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bringing ourselves into position
where we are competitive with a lot
of the other Big 12 and peers that we
normally compare ourselves to,” she
And UNL may be twice as com
petitive next year as fee revenue
jumps from $786,000 to $1.3 million
because the rate per credit hour will
Holley-Wilcox said if students
have suggestions as to how the fee
should be spent, they should contact
student government, Information
Services or e-mail the help-line at
helpdesk@unl. edu.
Schreier said students should let
someone know if they are unhappy
with use of the fee because access to
the latest technology is necessary for
students to stay competitive.
“The fee is creating a continual
revenue stream to replace those com
puters to keep our labs and facilities
at the forefront of technology.”
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