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  • No. 2 O ctober 2, 1987 Volume 63

    Arrest!

    C le r k a c c u s e d by M ark Smith

    Triangle Staff Writer

    Thursday afternoon of last w eek A lfre d S m ith , an employee o f the Personnel Of­ fice, was detained for question­ ing by the Philadelphia Police, E igh teen th D is tr ic t, W est D etectives, on charges o f embezzlement and fraud, accor­ ding to Elizabeth Gemmill, Vice President for University Rela­ tions, The report has also been u n o ffic ia lly co n firm ed by sources in the Personnel Office.

    Alfred Smith was a class 5 clerk in charge o f billing and reimbursment of health plan benefits for Drexel Faculty and Staff. He allegedly wrote checks to himself. The amount of money involved and the dura­ tion of this activity is not known. John Davis of the Drex­ el Internal A uditor’s Office and Ed Smith, Director of Security, refused to comment on the subject.

    According to some sources, Smith was embezzling for some time; he was reported by a suspicious bank teller after he cashed a check. After the report.

    an investigation was begun. Ac­ cording to Vice President Gem­ mill, the arrest followed quick­ ly after the Internal A uditor’s investigation.

    When first asked, Russell Phillips, Alfred Sm ith’s super­ visor, said that he was “ surpris­ ed and shocked.” The next day Philips refused to comment on

    Phillips: “ I was suprised and shocked”

    the matter and denied that he had done so on the day before.

    According to Philips, M r. Smith had been employed by the Personnel Office by Drexel University since September of 1984. M r. Smith was due for promotion within the Personnel O ffice this week.

    Smith is no longer working at Drexel, his position is being fill­ ed by a temporary employee un­ til a full-time replacement can be found. Philips has not seen or spoken wiA Smith since September 24th.

    C o m p u t e r s a r e d is t r ib u t e d -------------------------------------

    Special to The Triangle

    Last Wednesday the distribu­ tion of m icrocom puters to freshmen was completed without problem s, according to the microcomputer support center. Virtually every Drexel under­ graduate now owns a micro­ computer. This gives Drexel one of the heaviest concentrations of Macs in the nation; approximate­ ly 12,000 Macs are in use by Drexel students, faculty, and staff.

    When Drexel first instituted its microcomputer program in 1983 students recieved the then new 128K Mac. Since those students are now seniors virtually every undergraduate student at Drexel now owns a microcomputer. This gives Drexel one of the highest concentrations of Macs in the na­ tion, with over 12,000 in use by students, staff, and faculty.

    This year students were given the choice of purchasing either the Macintosh Plus, for $1390 plus tax, or the newer and more powerful Macintosh SE for $1775 plus tax and an additional $90 for the keyboard. These prices are substatially discounted from the Apple computer list prices.

    In addition to the computer each fresman recieved a plethora

    of software packages. In 1983 freshmen recieved MacWrite, Multiplan, MacPaint, BASIC and a choice of either Pascal or Mac- Draw. This year students reciev­ ed Excel, BASIC, Pascal, File- maker, MacPaint, MacWrite, and HyperCard. They also recieved a coupon, redeemable with Apple, for Multifinder, and a coupon r^eem able at the Microcomputer Center on November 16th for Typing Intrigue, a typing tutor.

    A vast selection of other equip­ ment is availible from the

    PHOTO/Chuck Browne Microcomputer center, reanging from modems, external drives, and networking equipment, to Mac II’s, which start around $3,000 and can go as high as $10,000. Students can purchase the Imagewriter 2 printer for about $473 and those who ordered one during distribution can expect to recieve it on Oc­ tober 13. Normally there is a four to sixteen wait for ordered equip­ ment. Drexel’s policy is that no microcomputer equipment be kept in stock.______________

    L o c a l 8 3 5 c o n tra c t r e n e w e d by E dw ard H artnett

    O f The Triangle

    At 2:00 a.m . Thursday m or­ ning, D rexel’s Physical Plant completed negotiations for a new two year contract with the Local 835 Operating Engineer’s union. The contract expired on midnight W ednesday.

    A cco rd in g to R ich ard O berholtzer, D irector o f the

    Physical Plant, the negotiations were “ very congenial.” There was little danger o f a strike, he said, although the negotiations, which lasted for two weeks, went right down to the wire. There were no w ork stoppages or slow downs.

    The head of the Local 835’s negotiating team was Jim M ullin, a union representative. The negotiations were federal­

    ly mediated. The new contract specified a

    57C/hour increase this year and a 58C/hour increase next year. The last contract, which was negotiated about two years ago, awarded about 50C/hour raise each year.

    According to O berholtzer wages were only part o f a large number of negotiating points

    continued on page 4

    Student Congress

    G a i t h e r a n s w e r s

    New service provided by OSIR by P au l Esenw ein Triangle Staff Writer

    The Office of Student Infor­ mation and Records (OSIR) is now providing a special service which may be useful to many Drexel students. Located just outside OSIR are two large bulletin boards with complete Fall term class listings. The boards were first set up last spring and contain class code numbers, class titles, instructors names, class credits, class dates and .times, as well as room numbers.

    Also outside OSIR are two com puter print-outs with a list o f students and their courses. T he lis ts a re a rran g ed alphabetically by student and are intended to aid the student who

    is unsure what courses he is signed up for.

    Once the winter term ’s pre­ registration information has been mailed to students a ten­ tative listing of winter courses will be posted.

    Karen Jenkins of OSIR en­ courages students to take advan­ tage of the u p - to - d a t e course listings. The new services are intended to allow students to ob­ tain answers to some simple questions without having to wait in lin e to see an O SIR employee. If the boards and print-outs are used more fully OSIR personel will have more time to devote to more difficult problems on a personal basis.

    Although student response has not been as great as ex­ pected, the same cannot be said

    abou t the new D rop /A dd system. According to David Clawson, the OSIR Associate D irector, the entire process went o ff w ithout a hitch, although M onday, the third Drop/Add day of the term, went slowly. One reason the new Drop/Add system worked so well was the new “ d e l i - counter” numbering system which allowed students to avoid waiting in the Creese Lounge. This is a substantial improve­ ment over the past where students might wait up to three hours to drop or add a course.

    OSIR encourages students to stop by with questions about schedule adjustment, school records, or certifcations. They are open from 10:00 a.m . to 4 :3 0 p .m .

    by Neal Secrist Special to The Triangle

    The U niversity ’s Student Congress met last term to discuss several* issues and hear from the guest speaker. Presi­ dent W illiam S. Gaither.

    At the meeting, the Co-op committee, a student group dealing with the co-op program and the security in Powelton Village were discussed. Mike C asolari, Student Congress President, had met with Peter Dodge o f the Powelton Village Civic Association (PVCA) and is working on gathering data concerning security problems with the cooperation of the IFA Council and a newly formed stu­ dent committee.

    Several questions were asked of Gaither, ranging from Drex­ e l’s President-^faculty relation­ ship to the formation of a frater­ nity evaluation committee.

    Gaither said that he believed that his relationship with the faculty will improve with time, and that he thought that several of the votes of no confidence were from uncertain faculty.

    W hen asked abo u t the resignation of Vice President for A cadem ic A ffairs B ernard Sagik, Gaither claimed that Dr. Sajik had offered his resignation in the past, but Gaither had not

    felt that the time was appropriate on these occasions, due to v acan c ies in o th e r v ice- p re s id en ti^ posts.

    In addition, Gaither reaffirm­ ed that he had no intention of resigning unless requested to do so by the Board o f Trustees.

    Concerning academic pro­ grams at Drexel, Gaither stated that some o f the problems were due to the deans not following with his Long-Range Plans. In D rexel’s future, the President would like to improve the University’s presitge and posi­ tion to among the top 100 col­ leges, thereby increasing Drex- el’s endowments and reputation. The final question o f the even­ ing concerned the committee formed by Gaither to determine the future of the fraternity system at Drexel, and its lack of an Interfraternity Association C ouncil m em ber. G aith er replied that the committee would like to determine how the fraternity system could be im­ proved, and that the IFA Coun­ cil would be involved with the committee.

    At the first meeting of the fall term, information on several previously discussed topics was updated These topics ranged from the paving o f “ Dog

    continued on page 2

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