[rclsaver] Summary of Meeting with Student Union from Today, Friday Apr. 17
- From: "Shaun Mahal" <smahal@xxxxxx>
- To: "'rclsaver'" <rclsaver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 17:01:16 -0400
Team, Ricky, Teagan and myself just came from a meeting with Julian, Justin, and another gentleman from the Student Union. The meeting did not yield much good news. Justin did most of the talking, and he informed us that in the past few days, Matt (the current SU Pres) met with some representatives from the Dean of Student's office. He stated that they were not allowed to talk with Jim Stone. The Dean's office representatives told the Union people that there isn't much that can be done, that there was essentially a gag order coming from Brown on the issue to his reports, and the representatives gave the sense that this is set. They presented "sound financial reasons" that Justin couldn't elaborate on, and that the administration wouldn't back up with documents. As we've all suspected, this is a business decision to cut a non-revenue-generating function. Teagan and Ricky can hopefully provide more information/insight into anything I missed above and below. What the Union is doing: They are drafting a resolution, to which they would like to add our collective endorsement. They will send it to me, and I will give send it along to all of you on Monday. We will have the opportunity to vote for/against as well as make some suggestions. We'll give it back to the Union and they will present it with or without our endorsement. What's the Union resolution going to say? There are two pieces to the resolution - one is a minimum set of demands the Union would like the administration to adhere to with the new plans, including: * A 24 hour printing facility (I suspect this will cause issues with the selection of Mugar) * Increased escort hours availability for students who make use of the centralized printing * A more robust remote printing system with web-interface support * It seemed they were in favor of unmanned remote-printing release stations at the current ResNet locations * I suggested that they add in information addressing the need to endorse placement of current ResStaff (including non-work-study and international students) into technical positions across campus (it's one thing to give us a job in some function, another to give us work relevant to our majors/ambitions). * I suggested they take out language acknowledging the ability to maintain the current level of service - as I strongly feel new stations will not be able to provide the same benefits we do * I also suggested they request the administration sign off on acknowledging the potential for costs to be passed onto students in the form of having to pay for personal printers etc. - This point was not well received by the Union. The other part of the resolution: The sense that I got from the meeting is that the ship has sailed - that there is little we can do to change the course of action. What are our next steps As I mentioned, we will From: Anish Kattukaran [mailto:anishkattukaran@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 12:48 PM To: rcl-all@xxxxxx; rclsaver Subject: Printing Options Across Campus Hello again, Im playing devils advocate again so that we are prepared to field of questions. The talk right now is about shutting down the residential labs. In all our press coverage we insinuate that after the ResNet labs are shut people will be able to print only at 111 and Mugar. I did a little research and discovered the following list of computer lab facilitates across campus that give students access to Windows, UNIX and Mac based platforms with almost all of the software that the ResNet labs offer if not more. So basically there ARE a host of options for students to get access to computers. This could be one of the factors that the administration took into account when deciding to close down ResNet. So we would need to address this more prominently. GENERAL LABS: General Access PC Labs * <http://web.bu.edu/cc/helpdesk/hours.html> Office of Information Technology's General Access PC Lab 111 Cummington Street, Basement * Mugar Memorial Library General Access PC Lab 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor <http://scv.bu.edu/computation/index.html> Scientific Computing and Visualization (SCV) Resources 111 Cummington Street, Room 203, Phone 617-353-2780 Please see <http://scv.bu.edu/cgl/access/> scv.bu.edu/cgl/access for information on gaining access to these resources. <http://web.bu.edu/pcsc/scanning/> Personal Computing Support Center Scanning Facility 111 Cummington Street, Basement, ACS Help Desk 617-353-2784 This small lab is available for scanning graphics and text, either by appointment or on a space-available, walk-in basis <http://web.bu.edu/erc/services/computing-resources.html> Educational Resource Center Mac Lab One University Road, The Sargent Gym Building Suite 150, Phone 617-353-7077 <http://people.bu.edu/lsu/> Local Students' Union Computer Lab George Sherman Union, Student Center Basement Open only to off-campus undergraduates. <http://web.bu.edu/cfa/resources/computer-lab/> CFA Public Computer Lab 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 203 The computer lab located in the College of Fine Arts is a public Macintosh computer lab open to all BU students, faculty and staff with a valid BU ID. DEPARTMENTAL LABS: There are labs at all of the following locations: <http://web.bu.edu/archaeology/resources/facilities.htm> Archaeology Computer Lab Located in the Stone Science Building 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 338 Biology Computing Facilities * 2 Cummington Street, Room 510 * 5 Cummington Street, Room 332 * 5 Cummington Street, Room 519 BU Medical Center, Alumni Medical Library Lab (LRC) Located on the 11th floor of the library at 80 E. Concord Street BU Medical Center, Lab for Instructional Technology 80 E. Concord Street, L-G09 (for training sessions only) Center for Computational Science High Performance Computing Lab 44 Cummington Street, Room 107 <http://cps-www.bu.edu/cpshelp/> Center for Polymer Studies (CPS) Computing Facilities 590 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, Phone 617-353-8000 Center for Remote Sensing Computer Lab (CRS) 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 433, Phone 617-353-9709 <http://web.bu.edu/csp/computers.html> Center for Space Physics (CSP) Lab 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 506, Phone 617-353-5990 <http://web.bu.edu/cfa/resources/computer-lab/> College of Fine Arts 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 203 <http://www.bu.edu/cas/academics/degree/college-res.html> College of Arts and Sciences 685 Commonwealth Ave, Room 327, Phone 617-353-2182 CAS facilities include the CAS Computer Lab, the Geddes Language Center Lab, Computer Science labs, Chemistry computer facilities, and others. <http://web.bu.edu/com/mc/ad/facilities.shtml> College of Communication * <http://web.bu.edu/com/mc/ad/facilities.shtml> Multimedia Labs <http://web.bu.edu/engit/> College of Engineering ENG facilities include the Acoustics lab, Biomedical Engineering, the CAD lab, the Software Engineering lab, and others. <http://www.cs.bu.edu/labs/> Computer Science Department Labs <http://cns.bu.edu/techlab/> Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS) Lab 677 Beacon Street, Phone 617-353-9481 <http://web.bu.edu/geddes/facilities/labs/computer.html> Geddes Language Center (GLC) Computer Lab 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Phone 617-353-2640 Geography Information Systems * 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 444 * 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 458 (Macintosh Lab) <http://math.bu.edu/misc/computer-info/tour/labs.html> Math Department Computer Labs Metropolitan College Personal Computer Facilities 755 Commonwealth Avenue, Room B-18 Multimedia Communications Lab 8 St. Mary's Street, Room 445, Phone 617-353-8042 The MCL is part of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is located in the Photonics Center. <http://web.bu.edu/celop/mll/index.html> Multimedia Language Lab (CELOP) 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Phone 617-353-4870 <http://physics.bu.edu/prcf.html> Physics Research Computer Facility (PRCF) 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Phone 617-353-2600 <http://smgpublish.bu.edu/labs/> School of Management <http://www.bu.edu/ssw/it/facilities/lab/index.shtml> School of Social Work 264 Bay State Road, Room B33 <http://web.bu.edu/sargent/centers/mrc/computers/> Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 236 <http://www.bu.edu/education/imc/index.htm> School of Education 605 Commonwealth Avenue, Instructional Materials Center (IMC), Phone 617-353-3181 -- Anish Kattukaran School of Management, Boston University Myles Standish, 610 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215, United States M: USA: + 1 646 415 0365 UAE: + 971 50 587 2075 E: anishk@xxxxxx Skype: anish_ak Act Now To End Poverty And Inequality! http://www.whiteband.org Please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to.
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