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The MAROON Vol. 61, No. 13 Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 Dcccmbcr 3, 1982 NOPD officer is fired for alleged molestation By Glenn P. Collins University Reporter Sergeant John Firman of the New Orleans Police Department was fired for allegedly sexually molesting a Loyola student, according to Morris Reed, director of the Office of Municipal Investigation. The OMI handles complaints against city employees and makes recommendations to agency chiefs for disciplinary action. Following Reed's recommendation, Firman was fired by NOPD Superintendent Henry Morris on Oct. 29. An article in the Nov. 20 issue of Louisiana Weekly reported that the woman and her boyfriend were at the riverview behind Audubon Park when Firman allegedly found them in possession of cocaine. Firman then allegedly ordered the man out of the car and molested the woman. Both were later ordered to leave the park without being arrested. The woman's name has not been released. Reed confirmed the information in tht Louisiana Weekly article. The case has been turned over to the New Orleans district attorney's office. Brenda Brown, assistant district attorney, is handling the case. Brown said in an interview Tuesday that she had to check with one more witness, another Loyola student, before deciding whether or not to prosecute Firman for violation of state statutes. She said, "It appears that there may be a prosecution." According to Reed, Firman has appealed his dismissal to the Civil Service Commission. Wood Brown 111, chairman of the commission, said after action is taken by an agency, such as the NOPD in the Firman case, the city employee involved has 30 days in which to make his appeal. A hearing examiner would then be assigned to the case. A preliminary hearing would be held within 60 to 90 days. Three weeks to a month after the examiner makes his decision, a panel of the commission would take action. Brown said he had no information concerning the statutes of the Firman case. However, he said that if the case were on the docket for an examiner appointment in November, it probably would be heard in January at the earliest. Visual arts pottery sale Steve Rucker. visual arts lecturer, shows ceramics available at Wednesday's pottery sale. The money raised at the sale will be used to bring visiting artists to campus. —Photo by Lori Caradonna HP-3000 computer loses 6 percent of its files By Stan Hjartberg Staff Reporter Vox to relieve overload While Academic Systems still awaits the inauguration of its new Vax computer, the overloaded HP-3000 continues to show signs of strain, according to Daniel Bontempo, assistant coordinator of Academic Systems. On Nov. 19, at 12:45 p.m., the computer, for reasons still unknown, began to purge, or erase, files at a gradually accelerating rate. By the time it was finished, it had erased more than 400 files, about 6 percent of its memory. Another 200 files were scrambled, rendering them useless. To make matters worse, Bontempo said that no thorough backup tape had been made since the middle of September.The backup tape is a copy of all the computer's files made regularly to guard against their loss in the computer's own memory. A regularly scheduled backup on Nov. 15 had failed. Among the lost files were many student accounts containing programs and class assignments in progress. Large projects of individual students, teachers, and departments are carefully copied onto backup tapes regularly and were, for the most part, preserved. Guy Larsen, computer science junior, noted that the purges "seemed kind of random. I had three versions of a program — all at different stages of development. It [the computer] purged the intermediate version but left the other two." Eddie Dyer, also a computer science junior, lost about 20 percent of his files. "I lost one class program, but I'd happened to get a backup [a printout] that day. It really wasn't serious, but it could've been." Both Dyer and Larsen noted that most teachers are understanding when it comes to computer malfunctions. The origins of the problem are still murky. According to Bontempo, the system's first "seizure" lasted about four.hours. "We were doing a standard procedure — it's a recovery procedure. The system loses track of some sectors. The procedure checks each sector and then places the limbo sectors in the free spaces," Bontempo said. This particular procedure is executed regularly once every three to four months. The problem, simply stated, was that the computer was finding files in free spaces that should not have been there. It then spent four hours purging these files. The reason it gave for purging the files was the same each time and, according to Bontempo, made little sense. The problem went away after the procedure was run, leading those in Academic Systems to believe that it was not in the computer's actual machinery. One theory for the cause ties into the lack of free space in the HP's memory — a lack that should be alleviated next semester by the Vax system. The Vax system was recently purchased by the university to increase computing capacity. Bontempo said that not having enough free space is dangerous. When the computer needs it and it is not there, the computer, in effect, gets its "hands tied up in knots" grabbing for the limited space. Another possibility is that a systems directory stating which files belonged where, was destroyed. This did not affect day-to-day activity, but reared up during the recovery procedure on Nov. 19. The system had been due for another backup at the time and Bontempo had been planning to make it that day. The 200 files that were scrambled had to be located individually and then purged before a backup tape could be made of the remaining 9,200 files. Once the remaining files were on tape, the HP's disc packs, which contain the computer's memory, were erased. It then took six hours to transfer the information back into them. According to Bontempo, "We still don't know exactly why the procedures went awry." At any rate, the 450 files that were purged from memory are lost forever. l^^SlD3fSfBVßfBf9f9fBlfBf9fSl U(t MAROOi\T wishes the Loyola community Happy Holidays. This is our final issue of this semester. We will resume publication January 21, 1983.
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