In response to requests from students made at town hall meetings and in other fora during Spring 2011, the UofL Law IT Department has purchased and deployed a second laptop printer for students. It is located in the classroom wing basement next to the student mailboxes outside Room LL75. The printer is now available for use, and Christie Ballenger, our User Support Manager, will be available outside LL75 at the following times this week to install the printer on students' laptops:
- Tuesday, January 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Other dates/times will be announced if and as needed. Like the Law Library lab laptop printer, the new classroom printer is configured to default to duplex printing.
In an effort to get on board with the University’s sustainability efforts, and in response to requests from students, the IT Department has purchased and installed duplexers, which enable two-sided printing, on all student network printers (first floor lab, basement lab and laptop). Beginning Monday, January 16th, 2012, the default settings on those printers will change from one-sided to two-sided printing. Students will still be able to print documents one-sided if they wish or must, but they will have to choose that option deliberately. Instructions for doing so have been posted in both labs.
For course work, extracurricular teams or other activities for which students must submit writings, please now be aware of this change in student printing. For the time being, this change will not affect printing at the UofL Law Clinic, for faculty research assistants, or in student organization offices.
The Law Library first floor computer lab got a new floor over the holiday break, so the IT Department used the opportunity to rearrange the furniture and make other minor improvements. All lab computers have received extensive software updates, including Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Live Essentials, which students may use with their CardMail accounts. To improve communication, we've also added new signage and a message board in each lab for reporting computer or printer problems.
Every student should have received his or her printing credit allocation for the new semester. Please check your printing account balance, and let us know if you did not receive an additional one thousand pages. We increased the printing credit allocation to 1,000 pages this semester after a periodic review of recent actual printing costs, including paper, toner, printer maintenance and replacement.
Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) Printing Problem Solved
The IT staff has discovered a work-around to resolve the problem students with Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) have had printing to the Lab Laptop Printer. If you're a Mac user with Lion, stop by the IT offices at your convenience, and we'll configure your laptop for wireless printing.
The IT staff may have found a workaround for the problem students with Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) have had printing to the laptop printer. We would like to try out this workaround on a small pilot group. So, we will try the workaround with the first five students, with Lion, to come by the IT offices.
From University IT ...
The CardMail student email system is currently experiencing issues with password and account changes. No new CardMail accounts can be created, and account holds and updates cannot be made. Students are also unable to change their CardMail passwords at this time. However, old passwords continue to work. Microsoft is working to resolve these issues. We (University IT) apologize for any inconvenience these issues may cause.
This is a reminder that Friday, Oct. 28, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, is the deadline to submit a practice test for Exam4 for all remaining Fall 2011 exams. Remember, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure to submit a practice test. As of 11:54 a.m., Thursday, 10/27/11, all (and only) students listed below had successfully submitted a valid practice test. If you wish to use your computer for final exams and your user name does not appear below, you must submit a valid practice test by Friday night's deadline using your ULink user name to identify yourself in the Exam Number field.
This is a reminder that tonight (Wednesday, 10/5/2011) at 11:59 p.m. EDT is the deadline to submit a practice test for the Legal Research final and Prof. Roberts' Basic Income Tax mid-term. Remember, you must be on campus to submit a practice test. As of 2:54 p.m., Tuesday, 10/4/11, the students listed below had successfully submitted a valid practice test. If you wish to use your computer on either of these exams and your user name does not appear below, you must submit a valid practice test by tonight's deadline.
The version of Exam4 for all other Fall 2011 exams should be available beginning Monday, Oct. 17th.
We asked Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Charlie Sheen about his secrets for winning at Exam4. Here's what he had to say:
First, I make sure I have the right version of Exam4. You know it expires, so if I can't run it at all, I know I don't have the latest; but I can get that at www.exam4.com.
When taking an Exam4 practice test, I always use my ULink user name, which is cieste01, to identify myself in the Exam Number field -- never my student ID number or something totally lame, like "1234." And I always choose "Practice exam" from the list of Courses in the software. Plus, I know better than to try submitting my practice test from off campus, or waiting 'til the last minute to submit it.
For real exams, my method's a little different, of course. In the Exam Number field, I use the exam number I get from Student Records. Seems obvious, right? Plus, I always have a USB flash drive with me in case I have problems submitting my exams electronically.
Pretty simple tips, I know, but that's why I'm WINNING!
Exam4 for all remaining Fall 2011 exams, including Prof. Hall's Torts I mid-term and Professional Responsibility, is now available; and students who wish to use their computer to take exams must submit a practice test by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 28. Remember that you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure to submit any Exam4 exam, including practice tests.
Complete information about Exam4 for Fall 2011 is available here.
Please welcome Christie Ballenger to the Brandeis School of Law.
Ms. Ballenger is the new User Support Manager in the Information Technology department, and starts today, Monday, October 3, 2011. She will spend her first day attending the university's new employee orientation. Her first day in the law school will be Tuesday, October 4.
Ms. Ballenger holds an associate’s degree, with high distinction, in computer information systems from Elizabethtown Community College and MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) certifications. Christie has worked in an academic setting since 1999, first as a help desk technician, then as a data coordinator, at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, where she has been responsible for maintenance of student records in PeopleSoft, among many other duties.
Since 2008, Christie has also worked for Best Buy’s Geek Squad, diagnosing hardware, software and network issues, and performing hardware and software upgrades and operating system installations for customers.
As user support manager, Ms. Ballenger will be responsible for providing support and training to faculty, staff and students in the use of desktop software and hardware in offices, classrooms, labs, and clinic. Very soon, she will begin meeting with administrative departments, faculty, staff and students to discuss and assess those groups' training and support needs and to begin developing appropriate responses, materials and programs. Also, the information technology department will begin hiring undergraduate work-study students to provide frontline support for student computing and expand availability to evenings and weekends.
Ms. Ballenger's office is room 119 in the information technology hallway. Her phone number is 502-852-2560, and her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.