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News 12-10-2002

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics Presentation Products

Mitsubishi Introduces "The Cost is Yours" Promotion

Now through February 28, 2003 purchase a Mitsubishi XD20A, XL1U, XL2U or XD300 portable XGA data/video projector and choose from a free replacement lamp, 60" portable screen, digital camera, DVD players or $100 cash rebate. The Choice is Yours! Also new from Mitsubishi, "Projectors Were Meant to Be Seen Not Heard" Mitsubishi's Silent Series. At only 27dBA, they're the quietest in the world.

CREN Board Votes to Dissolve Net Organization

The trustees of the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN), the higher-education technology association, have voted to dissolve the organization. Under the directorship of Judith B'ettcher, CREN provided a range of services focusing on networking and network security issues to more than 220 universities and colleges in the U.S. CREN was known for its "TechTalk" series of webcasts featuring expert speakers on technology subjects. The Board's decision to recommend shutting down the organization came as a result of a significant decline in membership revenues, together with steadily rising operating expenses. "The decision wasn't easy to make, but it was the responsible thing to do," said Ira Fuchs, President of the Board of Trustees. "The business model wasn't sustainable, so we felt it was in the best interest of the member institutions to close our doors."

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Sponsor: Syllabus

Syllabus2003 Call for Papers Extended to December 15

Plan to present at the Tenth Annual Summer Conference on Education Technology held in the San Francisco Bay Area July 28-31, 2003. Proposals for breakout sessions, panels, and workshops are due December 15. For details and further information, go to

Students Take Stand Against Unfair Book Prices

Two George Washington University students took a stand against the cost of college textbooks by launching a web site to buy and sell used books. The site,, "shows the buying power students have collectively … by providing a forum for exchange and free enterprise, we're able to drive the high cost of textbooks down," said co-founder Matt Mandell. Mandell and fellow student Tim Calise said they started the site out of frustration that the campus bookstore bought their textbooks back at the end of a semester for only pennies on the dollar. The two spent a combined $1,000 for textbooks one semester and got only $175 when they sold the books back a few months later to the campus bookstore. "Our dream is to create a network of college students nationwide and even internationally who work together to accomplish mutual goals benefiting current and future college students," said Calise.

NYC Law School Opens Site On City Government

The Center for New York City Law at New York Law School unveiled a web site that provides access to New York City agency decisions that were previously unavailable to the public. The Center is providing access to decisions of the New York Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the Office of Collective Bargaining, and the Conflicts of Interest Board. "The new access helps both the litigants and the judges hearing administrative cases," said Charles D. McFaul, New York City Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge. "Since our judges rely on our prior precedent in reaching decisions, it's very useful for lawyers trying cases. We wanted people to be aware of and be prepared for the cases they were bringing before us. The key to that is making our precedent available and that's what the Center's Web site d'es for us."

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Gateway Teams with Hispanic Higher Ed Group

Computer maker Gateway, Inc. has teamed with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to provide technology solutions and educational opportunities to HACU's 300 member institutions, including discounted PCs and a rebate program. HACU member institutions enroll over 1 million of the 1.5 million Hispanics in higher education today. HACU signed the agreement with Gateway at its national conference last month in Denver, Colo. Dr. Antonio R. Flores, HACU President and CEO, said, "Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States, but continue to have less access to technology than other groups. By providing significant discounts on computers for our member institutions and students, Gateway is not only helping Hispanics gain access to much needed programs and services, but is helping to assure a well-prepared workforce for America's next generation."

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Compsec Firm Funds Purdue Info Assurance Degree

Internet security firm Symantec Corp. has endowed a fellowship for a student pursuing a degree at Purdue University’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS. The Symantec Fellowship will provide up to $50,000 to cover the full tuition costs for two years and a stipend for a degree-seeking student enrolled at Purdue and working with CERIAS, a center for multidisciplinary research and education in information security. Applications will be accepted immediately with a deadline of March 1, 2003. The Fellowship recipient will be announced April 8, 2003 at the annual CERIAS Spring Symposium held on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus of Purdue University. The Fellowship will begin during the 2003-2004 school year and will be expanded to include a second student beginning the Fall of 2004.

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