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S eptember 1, 2010

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Students become familiar with Owl Mail ‘Tech Bits’ brings

advice to students

Sean Meenaghan

General Assignment Reporter

With new features such as personal event calendars, contact lists and more storage space, the new Southern e-mail sounds like a great change, but students have a different opinion. On April 1, the new Owls e-mail was launched with a whole list of new features that included 10gb of storage space, mobile access and spam filters. On May 15, the MySCSU e-mail was shut down and students were required to sign up for the new Owls email if they wanted to receive important e-mails about housing and registration. Joe Rousso, a junior psychology major, said he found it easy to set up. “I like how it’s easier to see what e-mails are opened and what e-mails aren’t,” he said. “However, I liked MySCSU better.” Rousso said the new e-mail is not as convenient since he has to log on to a different website.” “If I needed to look at my classes on BannerWeb, I could go on to MySCSU and glance over to see my mail,” Rousso said, “but now I have to remember a brand new password on top of the others I need to know.”

Jessica Simone, a sophomore psychology major, said she found it annoying that MySCSU and the e-mail weren’t on the same website anymore. “If I need to e-mail my teacher about my grades I will need to log into BannerWeb to find the section number of the course then log out and log in to the new e-mail to send out my message,” she said. Matt Corthell, a sophomore economics major, said he does not even use the new e-mail. “I use my Gmail account,” Corthell said. “I forward all my e-mail to Gmail and group them together.” Corthell said he would utilize the Southern mail if he could forward and group all of his e-mails to it.

Justin Rice, a junior political science major, said he did not find the new mail easy to set up at all. “The directions online were not very helpful,” he said. “I was perfectly content with the old one and I do not think the new e-mail is anything special.” One feature that Southern students applauded was the extra storage space for e-mails. Rice said he does like the extra space because he does not have to clear out his inbox as often. “Many times in class last semester, I would be sitting in an empty classroom because I never received the e-mail that class was canceled due to my inbox being full,” Rice said. Nick Tenore, a sophomore

english major, found it quite helpful that he has more storage space for e-mail. “I hated having to delete my inbox all the time,” Tenore said. “Just knowing that I don’t have to worry about whether my inbox will get full is nice.” Simone said she liked the new layout in which students can view one e-mail and still see the others. “On the MySCSU mail, once you select an e-mail, it opened an entirely new window,” Simone said. “On the new e-mail, I can open a message but I am still able to see the list of my other e-mails.” According to Southern’s website, the new Owls mail conversion is required for all SCSU students.

SCSU helps New Haven community

Ryan Morgan

Latasha Blackwell, a Student Life graduate intern, said the program makes a big difference. Many underprivileged chil“To succeed, kids need a dren can look forward to going proper education,” said Blackwell. back to school this fall with the right supplies courtesy of the Southern community. Integrated Refugee and To succeed, kids need Immigrant Services is a program a proper education. of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut located in New Haven. Lytasha Blackwell According to the group’s website, they resettle about 100 refugees per year. This year, Southern’s Student Life and Student Government “The best way to do that is with Association raised awareness and the proper tools to succeed.” collect school supplies in an effort Collections started in August, called “The Backpack Project.” later than originally expected, General Assignment Reporter

after it was planned at orientation, said sophomore Nick Gleifert, a subcommittee member. “This really is for schools close by that need help,” said Gleifert. Blackwell said the project was sparked in attempt to draw a connection to the book, “Outcast United,” which all incoming freshmen were asked to read. “Outcast United is a story about the trials and tribulations of a refugee soccer team and how they pull together,” said Blackwell. “Hopefully The Backpack Project will do three things: allow us to learn about immigrants and refugees, the importance of a proper education,

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of the salad bar. For students looking for a salad option, Dawkins suggests selecting a Blue Agave salad or a “Grab and Go” salad. Dawkins also said there will be a variety of dressing options students can choose from to add to the salads. Betters is optimistic about students’ reactions. “I really hope that my fellow students will enjoy the food at 2.mato and Blue Agave because we put some serious thought into which restaurants to bring to Southern,” said Betters. “I know that Danny, all the managers, chefs and workers have put many hours of work to improving the dining services in the Student Center as well as Conn Hall.”

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and how to work together. Those are the goals.” With the help of students and faculty, the campus has filled boxes of supplies to be donated, said Blackwell. “Students looking to do more can register online for the Day of Service on Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon,” said Blackwell. “We can all get together to make a difference in the community and New Haven area.” According to Southern’s website, donations were made from Aug. 4-27. Items that were being collected were: book bags, notebooks, pens/pencils, sharpeners, calculators, markers/crayons, and other school supplies.

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Welcome to “Tech Bits,” the bi-weekly technology column published by the Office of Information Technology. Here you will get an update on IT services, receive helpful tips, and get a preview of future projects. We will also answer questions brought forth by the readers. I hope you will find “Tech Bits” both useful and informative. Before you dive into the new semester, please take a moment to validate your username and password. In the last year, OIT has made major progress in the direction of Single Sign On (SSO). Specifically, your NetID (username and password) will allow you to access a wide array of technology services such as MySCSU, eLearning Vista, SCSU Software Share, computer labs, and wireless. To validate your NetID, go to https://remote.southernct.edu/ and log in with your username and password. If you fail to log in, please contact Help Desk at 203-392-5123 for assistance. By now, you should have already migrated to Owls e-mail. If you haven’t done so, you have until Oct. 1 to complete the migration. Your e-mail address is now “username@owls.southernct.edu”. Note that faculty and staff are still using “username@southernct.edu” e-mail addresses. If you are using a 3rd party/non-SCSU e-mail system, you need to set up auto-forward in Owls. At this moment, you need to sign in to the Owls website directly. Remember to set your security questions in Owls so that you can reset your own Owls password at any time. Later this fall, Owls will be integrated with MySCSU and you will access Owls via MySCSU. As of this writing, OIT is operating two mobile service stations. The stations are located in the lower level of Engleman Hall rotunda between A and B wings, and the entrance lobby area of Davis Hall facing Pelz Gymnasium. The stations will be open for the first two weeks of the semester and during the final exam period. For more information about the services mentioned in this article, please visit http://oit.southernct.edu/. Please send your questions and comments to techbits@southernct.edu. I wish you a successful semester! Wendy C. Chang, Ph.D. Chief Information Officer

Police address vandalism

On July 26, SCSU police were informed of an act of vandalism that occurred in Engleman Hall. According to an e-mail President Battle sent to media, “University police have reported that two bulletin boards in the hallway were defaced, one with a swastika and the other with a racial epithet.” Chief Dooley said Southern police are still investigating and ask for anyone with any information to contact the police station at (203) 392-5375. “We are just trying to let students know that they should report incidents right away,” Dooley said. Dooley said another way individuals can inform police of information anonymously is to go to the SCSU police website and use the “Silent Witness” page to send an anonymous tip.

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