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Volume 90, Issue 77

Tuesday, February 11, 1997



Technical difficulties

By Sara Marett
Gazette Staff

We are entering the lightening round of the presidential game but before the clock is up a final questioning of platform ideas must be fired at the contestants.

The Internet has played a large role in this year's campaign and it seems some candidates are pressing their luck with promises for new Internet services for students.

In an effort to improve job opportunities, Brian Astl is proposing putting students' resumés on the Internet. Current University Students' Council president and Internet guru Dave Tompkins feels this idea has some loopholes.

"There is the space on the web server and it would be inexpensive, but it is not feasible to start it up without any infrastructure," he said. "There would be costs involving staffing. Right now we can't keep up with interest and demand for Internet services. Putting resumés on the Internet would be beyond our staffing capabilities."

Nancy Kendall, a career counsellor at the student development centre added there is a down side to students putting their resumés on the Internet. "You have no idea who is going to access it and for what purpose," she said.

Kevin Mol is suggesting an Internet café at The Wave as part of his campaign platform. He proposes receiving corporately donated computers for students to surf the net. Tompkins said this would most likely have to be a showcase of computers from the campus computer store because of licensing agreements and he is doubtful it would be a wise business move for them considering the wear and tear the computers would take.

"It doesn't seem to be a viable way to provide Internet access to students. It's also not a smart business plan for The Wave as the costs such as cable connection and promotion would be concrete and would have to come out of The Wave's regular budget," Tompkins said.

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