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spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer October 8, 1998

Massive computer network project nearly complete

More than two years and millions of feet since the first spools of wire were unrolled, the wiring phase of the monumental computer network project is nearing an end.

Wiring of these final areas should be completed by the end of November: Ritter Ice Rink, Clark Gymnasium, Student Alumni Union, Liberal Arts Building, SAU information booth, Campus Connections, Schmitt Interfaith Center and Student Life Center.

Meanwhile, Perkins, Racquet Club mid-rises and Capstone apartment complexes -- 1,451 data connections -- were finished in September. Work on Colony Manor, Physical Plant (building 99), Grace Watson Hall and Gannett and Carey buildings has been delayed somewhat due to equipment and construction hold-ups, reports Dave Mulvihill, manager, RIT/ISC technical support team.

Ronald Stappenbeck, ISC director, expects that the last of the 18,000-plus connections will be completed by December.

That won't mark the end of the computer network project, however. ISC will remain busy converting people to the new network, says Stappenback. Because each situation is different, that part of the work is very time-consuming.

"Most people will be using the new network by mid-February," he anticipates.


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