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Knight Owl always-open computer lab for students nests in Bollinger

By Brian Christiana, Amor Duran, Nasi Hayes, Katina Hocker, Laura Lee, Megan Smith, Quinyece Walker and Joel Zola

Students of COM 140, Summer 2017

Special to The Knightly News

In August, Central Penn College opened in Bollinger Hall what sources contacted for this story believe is the school’s first  24-hour, seven-day-a-week computer lab for students.

Students seem to like the additional resource, which includes 21 computers and a printer.

“It is great for the students that live in the apartments and Super Suites,” Student Government Association President Yuliani Sutedjo, a corporate communication major, said.

Valeri Hartman, IT help desk administrator, said the need for a new computer lab has been growing since the merger of the learning and writing centers at the start of summer term. The merger left students with only the library and Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) computer lab, in 300, neither of which is open past 10 p.m.

Because Room 41 was across from the Security Department, IT and other personnel saw a perfect opportunity to make the lab 24-7 access.

The lab is open on holidays, even though the college may be closed, Hartman said. Some resident students remain on campus on holidays.

“One of the challenges professors face is not having enough computers for students both in and out of the classroom,” Hartman said. “We’re trying to find a solution for that.”

Prof. Micaiah Smith-Morris said the Knight Owl Computer Lab is good, because a limit on students’ “time is no longer an issue.”

It is, “Clearly communicating an emphasis on academic achievement,” Smith-Morris said.

Bollinger 41 was selected as the location for the room because of its proximity to the security office. Hartman explained that with the lab being open all night, having the office across the hall will put students at ease no matter the time.

The location also provides convenience for on-campus students who will no longer have to walk cross campus to access a computer.

 

Working on extended support time

IT support is not available at the Knight Owl Computer Lab after 3 p.m. Help is available from the Central Penn IT helpdesk from 8 a.m. to 3.

Hartman understands that’s a problem that needs to be dealt with.

“We are working on it,” Hartman said.

Hartman gave some examples of what IT can do to fix the problem.

“Maybe some of the staff can stay later in the evening, till 8-9,” Hartman said. “It’s just a thought.”

She added there is no deadline for providing on-site IT support after 3 p.m., or whether doing so will be possible.

 

Equipment nuts and bolts

“The computers, monitors, keyboards and mice in the Knight Owl lab are all brand new and include three-year warranties on the hardware,” IT Director Tom Parker said.

IT workers had to re-cable all of Bollinger 41, which had been a classroom without student computers, so the computers could match up with outlets.

“A new network switch was added, and a wireless access point was also added to increase the density of available connections in the room,” Parker wrote in an email.

“The total cost per computer is $695,” according to Parker. “That includes the PC with three-year warranty, monitor, keyboard, mouse and the needed video adapter to connect the monitors.”

The total for computers and their accessories came to $14,595. Parker said the re-cabling, network switch, wireless access point and other accoutrements cost about $6,000. He said the approximately $21,000 spent on the lab came from the IT budget and did not require extra funds. Central Penn recently made fiscal cuts across the college to set a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The school tries to buy the same computers that are used in other rooms, but it’s not always possible because hardware changes every year. The computers in the Knight Owl lab are Dell computers and are similar to the 100 computers replaced in 2016 in ATEC, Parker said.

No work should be saved to the computer desktops because the computers delete information stored there overnight, as in the rest of the labs.

A security camera was installed in the room as well. If there are any technical issues overnight or on holidays, then students can submit a helpdesk ticket by emailing to helpdesk@centralpenn.edu  or by calling (866) 291-HELP (4357), and leaving a voicemail explaining what the issue is. Students can expect to receive an email answer during the following day.

Hartman suggested using the OneDrive account through Office 365, and to always log out when finished.


To comment on this story, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.

Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi, who directed this editorial project, and contributed a small amount of information to the reporting.

 

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Knights Jousting – and Winning Big Time!

Central Penn moving up in USCAA tourney

By Keith Gudz

Knightly News Reporter

The Central Penn Knights basketball team has become one of the greatest kept secrets in college basketball.

The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) team is currently 24-8 and are 24-3 in USCAA play. The Knights, Division II, have made the USCAA tournament for a sixth straight year, the longest streak by any USCAA school. They received the No. 2 overall seed.

What’s happening now

Central Penn defeated NHTI (formerly New Hampshire Technical Institute), Concord, N.H., Thursday 76-64, in Uniontown, Pa., where the tournament is being held – on the Penn State Fayette Campus. They were led by Tyree Tucker, Tyrie Orosco and Joel Zola – each who scored 18 points.

The Knights are scheduled to play Penn State York at 3 this afternoon. (Follow the stats live here.) If they win, the Knights would face Berkeley College (N.Y.) or Penn State Greater Allegheny for the championship Saturday at 8:45 p.m.

A bit of background

The Knights, in addition to playing in a lower-tier basketball league, are also often overlooked for being part of such a small school that some residents in Central Pennsylvania are only now realizing exists.

However, for being a small school – with an enrollment of about 1,300 – the team is very good, with the 24-3 USCAA record, and the other five losses to NCAA Division I teams.

The losses were Liberty (19-12), Radford (13-17), Maryland-East Shore (11-19), Howard (8-22) and Elon (18-13).  Their closest game against the DI schools was a seven-point loss to the Howard Bison 67-60.

The Knights have hardly been only a one-and-done team. Last season, the Knights made it all the way to the championship game before falling to Berkeley College (NY) 107-88. The previous season 2014-2015, the Knights went to the national semifinals.

Looking forward, moving on

As the college starts to expand its reach and scope on the recruiting trail, upgraded facilities are in the planning stage.

One day there may be a move up to NCAA.

Only time will tell.

But if the Knights do move up, then DI, watch out during March Madness, because these little Knights can dance.


 

To comment on this story, or to suggest a story, contact KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Media Club Co-adviser Prof. Lear-Olimpi and club president Sherri Long.

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