1984-08-29; Central Michigan Life
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ntral Michigan UFE Vol.67 No.2 198-1 CM LIFE 18 pages Mount Pleasant. Mich 48859 Wednesday. August 29.1984 GTE pulls CMU's plug by PAUL MASON UFE Managing Editor Monday's shut-off of Central's new telephone system came as a surprise to many, including CMU telephone officials. General Telephone in Alma "shut off" Central's new telephone system shortly after 5 p.m. Monday leaving persons on campus without access to off-campus telephone calls. Telecommunications Director Kenneth Johnson said. "We were not aware of it. General Telephone dropped it on us like a bomb," Johnson said. "They gave us no advance warning, we were shut off from the world." University officials were notified by GTE officials around 4:30 p.m. Monday about thecut off, Johnsonsaid "There was no opportunity to come to an equitable solution to what their problem was." Johnson said The problem was the switch on Central's new computer telephone system, the SL-100, was keepim: Mount Pleasant residents irom getting dial tones, said Tom Stark, service office manager for Alma GTE. Central's switch was requesting dial tones on all of its 102 trunks at the same time and Mount Pleasant residents were without use of telephones for u We were not aware of it. General Telephone dropped it on us like a bomb. — Kenneth Johnson, Telecommunications Director 99 about 15 minutes Monday, Stark said. Stark said Central's trunks were reduced from 102 to 23 Monday to correct the problem. A trunk is needed to make an off-campus phone call. The decrease in trunks helped remedy the problem for Mount Pleasant callers, but the 23 were not enough for Central's purposes. Stark said. Stark would not comment on why Central was warned a half hour before the shut off. But he said the decison was not a rash one. "It's been going on over two weeks."Stark said. All of the 102 trunks were put ♦See "Telecom" — page 16 Drop/Add Delay blamed on human error by ROBIN KELLY LIFE Copy Editor A human error was the cause of the computer foul-up that closed Drop and Add for a full day Saturday, a computer service official said "The proper procedure was not correctly followed by the operator who processed the material." Tim Snellenberger. associate director of Computer Operations, said. The error caused the files from Thursday's delayed registration to be processed twice, instead of inputting Friday's delayed registration material. To correct the error it was necessary to manually reassemble and reprocess the 1,805 student registration packets that were received Friday. "It took close to five hours to physically sort through all the packets. It was a very tedious job." Associate Registrar Hon Finch said. Once the packets were sorted, they had to be processed in the correct manner by computer services Snellenberger said that job took about 2 ' .hours. The computer process used is designed to eliminate some ut the human error involved in handling large volumes of cards, as with delayed registration. "It is a really good procedure, but you have to know what you're doing. This was a human mistake that involved not making sure things were properly filed." Snellenberger said. Snellenberger said the delayed registration process probably will be changing for the upcoming Winter delayed registration "We will be eliminating our card handling equipment, so a different procedure will have to be used If we do keep this procedure, we will have to tighten up the guidelines on how it is tobe used." Snellenberger said. The cancellation Saturday caused lines to be longer on Mon day and Tuesday. Finch said the lines should even out by today "We still probably will not have to add another day. The lines are moving as fast as possible. Our computer response time is better than it ever has been." Finch said On the possibility of a new Drop and Add system. Finch said there are ways to improve the current system, but cost is a big factor. "There have been some improvements made already, but it is basically the same system still. Some day it will probably chance, but I don't know exactly how," Finch said. ♦See related story page 3 Cooling off People in the area found unique ways of beating the heat Tuesday when the mercury and humidity rose. Amy Carlson, 7.(leftI.and Danny Rice, S.bothof Mount Pleasant, used a sprinkler at Amy's yard at 425 S. Washington to both cool off and have fun. Murder verdict returned byDEBBAKER LIFE Staff Writer For the tust t line in Isabella County history, two area men were found guilty in separate- cases ot felonies during the .same day An Isabella County man was convicted Tuesday ol Involuntary manslaughter and arson oi a dwelling in connection with the Oct 2. death ot a Chippewa Township man Donald Wayne Kent, also of Chippewa Township, was found guilty of setting lire to the trailer I.arrv Harvey was sleeping in because he believed his wile «■ .is having an affair with Harvey and would move in with him soon. Thomas Plachta. Isabella County senior assistant prosecuting attorney, said "The case was based entirely on circumstantial evidence with 39 witnesses testifving ♦See".Murder"— page 17 Man found guilty of felony byDEBBAKER LIFE Staff Writer An area man wa-, convicted Iuesday of felony charges in the 21st Circuit Court for attempted murder Jan 8. after jealousy of his ex-wife's dating Russell Fee Nelson, of River- dale, was convicted of assault with intent to commit murder, as well as possession of a firearm at the time of commit- ing a felony against Terry Lee Cassidy. of Mount Pleasant, after a week-long trial. "The issue at trial here was mental. 'They (the jury, had to determine whether Nelson was capable of intending to kill the victim.'" Thomas Plachta, Isabella County chief assistant prosecuting attorney, said. Taped testimony by Nelson indicated he followed Cassidv from the Wayside liar. 40f>6 S Mission toward Shepherd and shot at him through his car window. Cassidy had been dating Nelson'sex-wife, Plachta said Cassidy continued driving despite his slight injury and escaped Nelson then drove home and hid the 38-caliber gun underneath the LP gas tank at his home, according to taped testimony. "I wanted to scare the h--out of him." Nelson said on tape of his intentions during the shooting. Plachta said Nelson first denied involvement in the shool- ing but changed his mind when police found the weapon at his home. The prosecution brought in Dr. Harley Stock of the Ypsilanti Forensic Center, who had tested Nelson and was able to convince the jury Nelson was capable of intending to kill (.'as sidy, Plachta said The defense tried to prove Nelson was normally stable, but his ex-wife lirenda's dating other men made him lose con trol of making a conscious choice. Plachta said Nelson blamed Cassidy for his divorce yet his wife had filed for divorce because of child abuse, I'lachta said The, 5-woman. 7 man liny deliberated five hours before returning a guilty verdict, he said. I'lachta said Stock rational l^ed to the jury that a person "who drives 70 miles an hour on a dark, snowy night, rolls down a window and shoots . " characterises a person who knows he is making a goal oriented choice rather than acting from temporary mental instability. In Brief Verification of enrollment cards for all students can be obtained at the Bovee University Center Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this week. Sports A battle is on between two CMU volleyball players for the starting setter spot. page 12 Inside Alice's Wonderland, Alma's new water park, makes a splash. page 6 Index Very warm and humid today with widely scattered thunderstorms. Highs from the lower 80s to lower 90s. Partly- cloudy tonight, slight chance of evening thunderstorms southeast half.
|Title||1984-08-29; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, August 29, 1984 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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