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 January 7, 2000 Volume 7, Number 8


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No problems as campus eases into Year 2000

With extra Facilities Management and Security Services staff on standby, the University of Saskatchewan eased without incident into the Year 2000.

Reports from campus security and the heads of the University’s Y2K planning indicate no disruptions of computer or other services, though they say there could be minor individual computer failures in the weeks ahead.

Y2K organizers credit staff across campus with ensuring the smooth transition, and they say that thanks to the Y2K effort, the U of S is now better prepared than ever for any emergency – be it tornado, blizzard, or major hazardous materials spill.

"We felt the risk had been reduced through a lot of effort by the utilities, the city, and our own University departments of security services, facilities management, health, safety and environment, and others," Y2K Contingency Planning Team Leader Nowell Seaman said Jan. 3.

Seaman said the University had been turned down to an unusually low level of operation, as a precaution against problems – with students in residence urged to go home for the holiday, researchers encouraged to suspend experiments over New Year’s, and major computer systems shut down.

"We were in a very secure mode of operation," he said.

Both Seaman and overall Y2K Project Manager Bob Eaton say the Year 2000 bug wasn't a hoax – it was a real potential problem that was only averted by a lot of effort.

"We are far better prepared now to meet any emergency, due to this," Seaman said.

He said the past year’s work has given a real boost to the University’s overall emergency measures planning.

Eaton says U of S computer systems "were all brought back up in an orderly fashion on Sunday, Jan. 2."

"Systems program people came in and made sure all systems were running okay, and then started up applications."

About-US Project Leader Bob Elliott was armed with a radio-phone through the night of Dec. 31-Jan. 1, and checked-in regularly with campus security in case any University staff had to be called in to take care of an emergency. But, Elliott says, security reported there were no problems on campus as the clock ticked past midnight.

U of S Y2K Project Manager Bob Eaton was all ready for the New Year, decked out in "Year 2000" glasses and a cap complete with an electronic millennium countdown ticker on the front – keeping track of the days, hours, minutes and seconds to go.

Campus security officers Const. Doug Paulson, standing, and Const. Darren Dodge check out a computer in the emergency command centre, in the Mainenance Building, that would have been used if Y2K problems had occurred on campus.

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