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Thursday, August 31, 2000
ATN Corrects Course Web Server Problem
By Mark Thomas
Assistant University Editor
Students who were shut out of their
course Web pages through the Teach
Web server shouldn’t experience any
more problems, officials say.
Teach, a Web server that hosts only
pages for UNC courses, had been
encountering problems with its memory
and set-up since Friday, when comput
ers took excessively long times to load
or didn’t load at all.
“I couldn’t get onto my (political sci
ence class) page,” said Veronica Joice, a
freshman from Kensington, Md.
Joice said she had been confronted
with an error message each time she
tried to access the site.
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Rushees arrive into open arms at the Kappa Delta sorority house. The
women ran though rain and area traffic to welcome this year's bids.
RUSH
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Sisters in each sorority waited on the
lawn of their festively decorated houses
DOHERTY
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just one more reminder of the tradition
he must help keep alive.
Not that Doherty needs one. Having
played for Smith, he understands as well
as anyone the footsteps he has chosen to
follow. He plans to make sure the trail
stays mostly the same as it always has
been, but his team will be just that: his
Campus Calendar
Thursday
5 p.m. -- The UNC chapter of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People will
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Problems with the two-year-old Web
server were first noticed by Academic
Technology & Networks officials Friday,
following complaints from students and
faculty. ATN officials said the problem
was corrected by Tuesday.
“I consider it to be officially fixed,”
said Judd Knott, director of computing
for Academic Technology & Networks.
The difficulties began when a large
number of students and faculty all tried
to log on simultaneously, Knott said.
“A lot of times in class, faculty would
lead students with laptops to (the server)
and all the students would try to log on
at the same time,” said John Oberlin,
executive director for Academic and
Technology Services.
“So many faculty and students were
to welcome their new members. “Bid
Day is all about taking a lot of pictures
and giving a lot of hugs,” Lippert said.
She said the new pledges and the
existing members would have dinner
together and then head off to activities
team.
“It will be subtle stuff, not major stuff
that I change,” Doherty said. “I’d say 75
to 90 percent will be the same, and 10 to
25 percent will be me.
“You don’t want to change something
that’s worked pretty darn well for 30-
some years.”
Not even for a BMW.
The Sports Editor can be reached at
sports@unc.edu.
hold its first general body meeting of the
year in Union 211. Those interested in
joining are encouraged to attend.
5:30 p.m. - Come to the Artist’s
Escape Cafe in the Bank of America plaza
for the Peace Corps Happy Hour.
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using (the server) that it stretched the
system.”
ATN officials say the server was not
designed to accommodate the large
number of users that entered UNC this
year.
The server experienced a tenfold
increase in the past year in the number
of course pages it hosts, Oberlin said.
Once they began troubleshooting,
officials within ATN found the problem
to be in the server’s configuration.
“It took us awhile to figure out what
was wrong,” he said. “We had to retune
the system. The system was using all of
its memory which caused a bottleneck in
traffic.”
Oberlin likened their tactics in alter
ing the system to adjusting a traffic light
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Bid Day attracted hundreds of spectators, including these Lambda Chi
Alpha members, who lined Franklin Street to eaten the annual event.
such as roller skating.
As the rushees expressed joy about
joining their new houses, their emotions
were mixed with relief that the rush
process was finally at its end.
Sophomore Ellen Mathews said, “I’m
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against Maryland. A 16-inch snowstorm
prevented many alumni from attending
the game, allowing students to rush the
lower-level seats and add a heightened
frenzy during the team's come-from
behind victory.
“It was a virtual demonstration of
what can happen if students are actively
The Happy Hour is being held for all
those interested in the Peace Corps and
for returned Peace Corps volunteers.
6 p.m. - Hip Hop Nation will be
holding a general interest meeting for all
prospective members in the Student
Union.
Any and everyone who would con
sider themselves a member of the glob
al hip-hop community is encouraged to
come out.
6 p.m. - The Carolina Academic
Team will hold a general information
meeting/practice in 321 Greenlaw.
Anyone interested in jeopardy!, Who
Wants to Bea Millionaire, quiz bowl or
in putting trivia knowledge to good
use is invited to come.
7 p.m. - The Alpha Epsilon Delta
pre-health fraternity will hold its last
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to accommodate rush-hour traffic.
“The site is not designed to be fast,
but accommodate as many users as pos
sible,” he said.
But Knott says the alterations to the
server have so far been a success.
“We have gotten reports from various
faculty that the system is actually run
ning faster that it ever has,” he said.
And ATN officials say students and
faculty won’t have to worry about simi
lar difficulties occurring any time soon.
Since the site was fixed, it has been
under a watchful eye, Knott said.
“We are monitoring it around the
clock as closely as possible.”
The University Editor can be reached
at udesk@unc.edu.
really excited, and I’m also so glad rush
is over - it was the longest process of my
life.”
The University Editor can be reached
at udesk@unc.edu.
involved in the game,” Pruitt said. “That
could happen every night here.”
After seven months of planning,
replanning and public doubts, Pruitt said
he is happy with the changes. “It’s been a
long process, and I’m glad that it’s over.”
F( r updated details about the official
announcement today, visit The Daily
Tar Heel online at www.unc.edu/dth.
The University Editor can be reached
at udesk@unc.edu.
interest meeting for those interested in
joining.
All pre-health students of sophomore
standing or above are encouraged to
attend die meeting in Union 211 and
212.
8 p.m. - The Carolina Production
Guild will hold a general interest meet
ing for anyone interested in any aspect
of film production, acting or apprecia
tion.
Interested students should come to
Studio 2 of Swain Hall.
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Thursday, August 31,2000
Volume 108, Issue 64
P.O. Box 3257, Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Matt Dees, Editor, 962-4086
Advertising & Business, 962-1163
News, Features, Sports, 962-0245
Virtual Tour Web Site
To Navigate Chapel Hill
By Phil Perry
Staff Writer
Soon you will not have to leave your
room to walk down Franklin Street.
A company based in Cary, 3dvil
lage.com, plans to offer a virtual 3-D tour
of Chapel Hill within the next two
months. The company specializes in cre
ating virtual tours of cities, universities,
sports stadiums and real estate properties.
Richard Boyd, president and CEO of
3dvillage.com, said he hopes the Chapel
Hill tour will be ready by Oct. 15.
Chapel Hill is first on the list of vir
tual city tours, which includes cities like
New York and Venice, Italy.
Boyd, a 1987 UNC graduate with a
degree in history, said Chapel Hill made
the list because it was a charming town.
So far, The Citadel in Charleston,
S.C., is the only university available to
tour on the site. Boyd said tours of the
University of South Carolina and others
will be created soon.“We hope to do the
(UNC) campus, Kenan Stadium and the
Dean Dome in the next year,” he said.
3dvillage.com offers both flying and
walking tours.“( For flying tours,) typi
cally we’ll use Russian spy satellite infor
mation and topography,” Boyd said.
For walking tours, teams are sent to
tour sites and film the area with digital
cameras. Those images are used with
satellite photographs to create the tours.
Boyd said 3dvillage.com works pri
marily with Citysearch.com and Knight-
Ridder, a newspaper conglomerate, to
gather information about tour areas.
For now, the Web site does not have
many tours available, but the company
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mitted to need-based aid.
She said 95 percent of financial aid
funds at UNC are distributed to needy
students, while the remaining 5 percent
is used for merit scholarships.
Ort said there was a growing trend
across the nation - excluding UNC - to
increase funding for merit scholarships.
“Schools (offering increasing
amounts) of merit aid are trying to com
pete for the best and brightest,” she said.
“This way they can increase their over
all ranking in publications like the U.S.
News & World Report. (UNC has) given
a priority to need-based aid.”
Will Doyle, senior policy analyst for
the National Center for Public Policy
and Higher Education, said financial aid
across the country is still distributed
chiefly according to a students’ need.
But Doyle said most financial aid
increases have been in the form of merit
scholarships or tax credits for the past
decade, chiefly benefiting students from
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one,” he said. “I commend him on it.”
BOG member Angela Bryant also
said Webster’s resignation is in the best
interest of students. “I feel very sad,”
Bryant said. “(Webster) was making a
great contribution during the short time
he was here.”
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has only been around nine months. Its
parent company, Virtus Corp., is mofe
than a decade old and helped pioneer
virtual reality on the Internet. 3dvjl
lage.com is a subsidiary of Virtus Corp.
“We like to say we’ve been around for.
nine months and 12 years,” Boyd said.
Every tour takes about two months to
construct, but Boyd said the time varies
from site to site. He said the tours are
never finished because of change.
Chapel Hill Town Council member
Edith Wiggins said she was anxious to
see the Chapel Hill tour. “What I saw
reported on really looked quite interest
ing,” she said. “There was Chapel Hill,
in virtual reality.”
But the Web site almost did not get
created. Boyd said he decided to work
with computers after a speech by Ross
Perot at UNC extolling the future qf
technology. That changed his mind.
“I actually never touched a computer
in college, and then I wrote a book on
it,” Boyd said.
That book, “The Virtus VRML Tool
Kit,” was only the second book ever
about 3-D technology on the Internet.
Boyd wrote the book during his tenure at
Virtus Corp., where he worked for near
ly 10 years before starting 3dvillage.com.
Boyd said he approached the Chapel
Hill officials and the General Alumni
Association about the Chapel Hill and
UNC tours. But he said the company
did not need to seek out business.
“In most cases, the places are
approaching us.”
The City Editor can be reached
at citydesk@unc.edu.
the middle class. “People working in the
(financial aid) field are concerned that
the expansion has all been in merit
scholarships or targeted to children of
middle-income families,” he said.
Even the Student Financial Aid Bill
has a provision that would boost merit
scholarship binding, part of a compro
mise between the legislature and
California Gov. Gray Davis, he said.
Doyle said there has long been an
economic gap between the percentage
of students from upper classes attending
school and those from lower classes.
Doyle said the potential changes to
the Cal Grant program would help erase
the gap and allow thousands of nontrq
ditional college students to attend school.
He said the new Cal Grant prograip
would benefit students from low-income
families across the nation because
California has traditionally been a
leader in education trends.
“In the past, California has served as
a model for the nation.”
The State & National Editor can be
reached at stntdesk@unc.edu.
Bryant said Webster failed to realize
that he would be held to a higher stan
dard than other students. “Part of being
young is that there are sometimes things
we do for fun that involve poor judge
ment,” she said. “But given (Webster’s)
leadership role, clearly there are some
things he cannot do.” ,
The State & National Editor can be
reached at stntdesk@unc.edu.
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