New Computer Lab One of Many Changes
Byline: Scott Strahammer
While many students and teachers used the summer as a time to kick back and relax from the seemingly endless school year, St. Viator High School was abuzz with many new changes taking place, both in the physical structure of the building and in the makeup of the faculty and incoming students.
"The first of a three-phase project," said Charles Kapachinski, technology coordinator at St. Viator, "was to build a new computer lab consisting of 25 state-of-the-art, 133 MHz PCs with complete Internet and World Wide Web accessibility and additional desktop publishing software. Students will be able to browse the Web and become familiar with all the information that is available."
This is the second compuer lab now existing in the school. The first lab was completely renovated and refurbished last year. This new lab will be used primarily for individual student and class work. The other lab will be mainly reserved for all the computer classes.
The second and third phases of the technology project will involve upgrading all previous computers with more memory and the Windows 95 software and making sure they all had Internet accessibility, as well as Surfwatch, a computer program designed to block out any controversial sites.
Kapachinski, along with St. Viator senior John Lazar from Palatine, has created a St. Viator site on the World Wide Web over the summer. The Web page will include loads of information about St. Viator which is accessible to anyone with Internet access.
The Rev. Charles Bolser, CSV, the president of St. Viator, is hoping the Technology Club, which was established last year, can continue with the development of the Web page.
St. Viator students will not only notice a change in technology as they settle into the new school year, but the hallways should be a little more crowded as well. …