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The MAROON Vol. 61, No. 7 Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 October 15,1982 LU calls on Ma Bell for new system By Stan Hjartberg Staff Reporter The Loyola Board of Trustees authorized up to $150,000 for the conversion of the existing Centrex University phone system to South Central Bell's premier phone system, the Dimension 2000. Immediate advantages of the new system are its lower monthly cost and its adaptability to Loyola's newly planned construction projects, such as the planned Music/Communications Complex. The Rev. A. Ransom Marlow, S.J., a member of the board, called the Dimension 2000 "the top-of-the-line Bell system. It was time to replace the Centrex and Loyola decided to get the best system available." According to Marlow, the Centrex, because of its age, is becoming more expensive to repair. It also gets tied up easily and can become overloaded. Another problem with the Centrex system, Marlow said, is that residents often get busy signals when picking up their phones to make calls. By spring, all university phones will be removed and replaced with more up-to-date push button, or touch-tone phones. The new system will continue to link all university phones together by the dialing of the last four digits in the phone number. Bell sales literature says the Dimension system is extremely versatile — it is available with "a halfdozen features or . . . dozens and dozens." Included in these capabilities is an Energy Communications Service, enabling customers to manage energy costs through the Dimension system equipment. By managing heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and lighting equipment the system claims to reduce utility bills by up to 20 percent annually. Another feature is a direct maintenance link to Bell enabling them to detect problems before they become too serious. Because of its microprocessor development, the Dimension system requires relatively little space — one small desk console, one cabinet of equipment and the actual phones on the network, the literature said. Features for individual phone users include new electronic call and dial tones. Bell claims to have eliminated the old-fashioned rings of the past. Call holding, call forwarding and speed calling are all available on the system. Its automatic call back feature allows intersystem callers who reach busy lines to be notified when the line is no longer busy. Incoming calls can easily be transferred from one person to another within the network (on campus). Conference calling allows up to six people to be linked together on one call. The central Dimension console will even alert its attendant as to types of calls received, such as long distance or on-campus calls. The system can control whatever restrictions the university wishes to place on individual phones — such as limiting long distance capability. The Dimension's flexibility is such that these restrictions can be changed and rearranged with ease. Specifically, all Loyola University phones, including those in the residence halls, will be equipped with call holding, call forwarding and threeway conference calling, according to Lillie Brown and Ed Fisher, phone company representatives. Individual departments are formulating requests for the features offered by the system. Different departments will have different features on their individual phones, all regulated by the Dimension 2000 system. The system is expected to be fully operational by April, Brown said. —Art by Gerard J. Luisi A&S seniors must take comprehensive exams By Tammy Collins Staff Reporter Graduating seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences are now required to take a comprehensive examination in their major as well as the COMP/ACT examination. Dr. Claire J. Paolini, assistant dean of Arts and Sciences, said a major comprehensive examination has always been a requirement for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences. This year some departments have to use a different type of comprehensive examination, because the test used in past years, the Undergraduate Assessment Program, no longer exists. The major comprehensive examination, as stated in a memo from the Arts and Sciences dean's office, may take the form of a national standardized test, a comprehensive test designed by the major department or some other appropriate testing device. The type of examination given is decided on by the major department. In some departments students must make a certain score on their major comprehensive exam in order to graduate. Seniors graduating this year will not be affected by any new cutoff scores added at this time. "New cutoffs cannot be imposed on students graduating this year," Paolini said. "Old cutoffs listed in the bulletin under the department or on the DPCL [departmental record of student's courses] stand as before." Seniors who are graduating in January are advised by the dean's office to check with their departments immediately for information concerning the exam, such as the type of test, necessary preparation and the date of administration. Those graduating in May or August should check with their departments no later than the end of November The COMP/ACT test is to be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the Common Curriculum program. It is an objective test of general skills, competence, and knowledge, scoring the following areas: clarifying and identifying values, solving problems, communicating, using the arts, functioning within social institutions and using science and technology. According to Dr. Patrick L. Bourgeois, assistant dean for Common Curriculum, it is mandatory for students to take the COMP/ACT examination. He also said the test is not one in which students can pass or fail. "This is a examination to evaluate a program's performance, not an individual's performance," Bourgeois said. Lisa Rousse, a student on the Dean's Advisory Council, does not like the way students were informed about the examinations. Rousse said many students are upset because they were not given adequate notice about the examinations. A memo from the office of the dean of Arts and Sciences is placed in every graduating senior's audit to inform them of these two examinations, according to Paolini. An audit is only done after a student applies for graduation. The office of the registrar conducts an evaluation of the students' academic courses and then notifies them of any course requirements still needed to be fulfilled before graduation. Students who have only recently applied for graduation have not yet been mailed an audit by the registrar and thus have not been notified about the exams either. "The test was not explained to us," Rousse said. "It is also an imposition to students."' Students graduating in January can take the COMP/ACT test on either Nov. 1, Nov. 4or Nov. 6. Seniors graduating in May or August have the option of taking this test as scheduled above or on a day in January to be announced at a later date. A test originally scheduled to be administered on Jan. 28 has been cancelled.
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