LRC Computer Commons:
A brand new place to learn
It sounds like an ad for running shoes or a new fitness center.
But it aptly describes the new computers that Mission College
students will find this semester in the Learning Resource
hook up new LRC computers
state technology funds and block grants for instructional
equipment, Mission College has replaced 72 of the computers
in the Computer Commons. Brand new, Hewlett Packard 2.8 gigahertz
CPUs that have plenty of hard drive space, connected
to black, 17-inch flat-panel monitors now adorn the tables
in the commons.
the new computers in the LRC "
weve really entered
the 21st century," said Dale Newman, LRC director
who were often frustrated by the slowness of the computers
last year, or a breakdown of the units, will be pleasantly
surprised by the new computers, said Maury Pearl, interim
dean of technology.
"The difference will be like night and day," he
said. "Students are going to be able to access their
information much more quickly, particularly in doing Internet
research, and theyll get faster response from the software."
Unlike the old computers, the new units have DVD ROM and CD
rewriteable drives, plus floppy disk drives. Students will
find the new drives particularly helpful because many of the
textbooks that they purchase come with a CD version of the
text. Now theyll be able to access these versions and
all other instructional programs that come on CD or DVD ROM.
"With these improvements, weve really entered the
21st century," said Dale Newman, LRC director. "Were
encouraging students to come in after class, try out the new
computers, and do their homework or research right here."
Pearl said a number of instructional programs and tutorials
have been downloaded on the new hard-drives, including, for
example, an anatomy program, chemistry program, mathematics,
dietary analysis, programs that address basic skills, and
Only half of the computers in the commons have been replaced.
But the other 72 have been upgraded with additional memory,
making them faster than before. Another 44 new computers have
been placed in the two teaching labs that adjoin the LRC commons
30 in the the General Purpose Lab and 14 in the Reading
Lab plus six more for staff use, said Pearl.
"The computers that were in the LRC before were really
past their useful lives," said the technology dean. "This
is a step toward recapturing the technological edge in the
BY EDUARDO PARDO