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Monday, January 20, 1997
Pictured at left, if you're viewing the bells-and-whistles version of this
Bulletin, is the phone that will be sitting on most desks at UW by
some time next year. It's
Meridian2008 "standard business
telephone" by Nortel, which has eight buttons on it and, among other
features, a light that will signal if there's voice-mail waiting for you.
The M2008 and its big brother, the
for people who have more than about three phone lines to answer, were
introduced Friday morning as part of an "open house" about the
replacement of UW's present phone system.
The first new phones are coming starting next week -- about 500 of them.
Another 1,800 phones will be replaced in May, and the remaining
1,500 in the spring of 1998.
Nearly all phones connected to the UW switchboard are affected.
Some exceptions are phones in public areas, labs and student
areas where many people have access to the phone, and those in a
few remote buildings, including 156 Columbia Street. Also not being changed
are pay phones, emergency phones, and phones in residence rooms, which
aren't connected to the switchboard.
Also being replaced is the central telephone "switch"
in the Physics building, a pretty much obsolete piece of hardware that
dates from 1984. And Friday's session was told that a total of 126
phone lines between UW and the Bell Canada switching centre on Albert
Street will be replaced by five "T1" cables, each capable of carrying
24 calls at a time and with more flexibility to handle incoming or
outgoing, local or long-distance calls. "Using them smarter will give us
the same or better service," said Bruce Uttley of
information systems and
technology, the coordinator of the telephone project.
The T1 lines have already been connected for testing, and will go into use
this Friday evening at 7:00, when the new central "switch" is also
connected. All phone service to campus will be interrupted for anywhere
from one to four hours Friday evening while the changeover happens.
The first departments to get new phones will include the police,
health and safety, and counselling services, because they have a special
need for one feature available on the new phones: caller-ID that lets
anyone with a "display" panel on an M2008 phone see who's on the
other end of the line, even with an off-campus call. Other departments
who are getting new phones immediately have already been notified by
IST, Friday's meeting was told. Which departments will get new phones
in May, and which will have to wait until 1998, isn't known yet.
There's no change to anybody's phone number as a result of the project,
which has a total cost of about $1.9 million. It should pay for itself
with no change in the rates departments pay each month for their phone
service, said Jay Black, associate provost (information systems and
At Friday's meeting some users asked about modems and fax machines,
which won't work on the new digital equipment. Black pointed out that
although many people have been using such devices on their UW
extensions, it's been against the rules because the central equipment
isn't designed to handle so heavy a load. Anyone who needs such
devices should get a separate "business" phone line with a seven-digit
number, he said. "I'm not justifying a policy that's been in place
for twenty years," he said in response to pressure. "I'm saying I'm
not prepared to change it today!" IST staff will look later
at ways of providing
phone lines for faxes and modems, he promised.
Senate meets this evening
The monthly meeting of the UW senate is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
in Needles Hall room 3001; it's open to the public. Major agenda
items include a discussion of the recent
panel report" on post-secondary education in Ontario, and some
UW's 40th anniversary celebrations, now
Will that be cash, or . . .
A note from Elaine Koolstra, manager of parking services: "Effective
Monday, January 20, visitors using visitor parking lots B1 by
Physics, H at the University Avenue entrance or M at the Columbia
Street entrance will be able to pay their deposit using Visa,
MasterCard or their debit cards. Of course cash and department
charges will still be accepted."
An update on sports
My apologies for saying in Friday's Bulletin that the weekend
basketball double-headers against Lakehead University would be
played in Thunder Bay. In fact they were home games for the Warriors
and the Athenas.
Warriors won both their games, downing the Nor'westers 76-60 on
Friday and 78-74 on Saturday. The Athenas didn't do so well, losing
73-52 Friday night at 59-40 Saturday night.
How co-op students are doing
Some figures are on hand from
the co-op department,
showing that as of the first week of January there were 3,372
students in winter term jobs, and 333 still looking for employment.
That's a placement rate of 91.01 per cent as the term starts --
a trifle higher than the rate at the beginning of the winter term
a year ago, 90.27 per cent. (Last year there were 3,192 students
in jobs, and 344 without.) Placement rates are as high as 96 per
cent in accountancy, as low as 73 per cent in architecture.
And more from the co-op department:
Finally, Naese has a special message for staff and faculty -- "an appeal
to consider hiring a student for the May-August work term. Co-op
students are always looking for work term positions on campus, and so
far the number of UW co-op jobs received is low. So if you are
contemplating hiring additional help, you might want to consider a student
for the job." More information: ext. 4026.
- Job posting #3 for spring term placement is available this morning
- Students interested in attending one of three upcoming interview
skills workshops should add their names to the sign-up sheet posted
on the bulletin boards in Needles Hall.
- In the first week of January, the department held six resumé
writing instruction sessions, and then provided "a resumé.
proofreading blitz". Says Olaf Naese from co-op: "Of the
approximately 1,200 first work term students, 570 took advantage of
the opportunity. Forty volunteers from co-op education and career
services spent two evenings reviewing the resumés and had them
back to the students just in time for the first job posting on
Today in the United States
More than a few Americans observe a holiday today, in honour of
King Jr., the most prominent civil rights leader. At some
institutions, such as
the University of Michigan, the day provides the occasion for
special events aimed at historical understanding, racial harmony and
Also in the United States:
according to the 20th amendment to the Constitution, the
four-year term of the president and vice-president begins at noon
on January 20 of every fourth year. So
the inauguration ceremonies
for Bill Clinton and Al Gore will be taking place in Washington today.
TODAY IN UW HISTORY
January 19, 1967: The board of governors appoints new faculty
members to arrive September 1, including David Burns (mechanical
engineering) and Jack Kalbfleisch (statistics).
January 20, 1975: The UW senate votes 25-24 not to change the
name of the faculty of mathematics to "mathematical sciences".
Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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