Senate OKs spending $72,000 on computer lab


Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 1:48 a.m.
The University of Florida Student Senate voted Tuesday night to transfer $72,000 from reserves to upgrade the Student Government computer lab on the third floor of the Reitz Union.
Due to the wear and tear on the computers now in the computer lab, the Department of Student Government Networking proposed buying 40 new Dell Optiplex GX745s with life expectancies ranging from three to five years for $56,903.
"The computers right now are still functioning, but the warranties are up in March," Student Body President John Boyles said. "This move will ensure that we have the newest and best computers that we can purchase at the right time."
According to the proposal, new printers totaling $10,500 will replace the lab's two Sharp AR-P350 printers, which have printed more than 3.5 million pages between them and the two HP printers that have become costly due to high toner prices and because they do not have maintenance agreements.
In addition to the new computers and printers, a new Dell PowerEdge 1950 server will be purchased to house user and usage reports, an antivirus server and Windows Update services.
The server will allow student government to monitor the amount of paper used.
"(Free printing) is one of the best services and the most positive services that students respond to," Student Body Treasurer Ryan Moseley said.
Limiting students to 250 pages has been successful, Moseley said.
Most students never use all 250 pages and by limiting the amount of printing, UF will save $150,000 over the next three years, he said.
Although the money has been allocated, no exact date has been set for when the computers and equipment will be replaced.
It's possible the computers will be moved in by Spring Break, said Mike Viola of Networking Services.
All of the computers purchased will run the new Windows Vista operating system as well as Microsoft Office 2007.
Any money left after buying the new equipment will go to reserves.
In other business, the Senate passed a bill allocating $1,341 to the Indian Student Association for its spring 2007 budget.
The money will cover food, programs and registration fees for a folk dance competition.

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