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Our Summer Vacation

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

Do you know what we did on our summer vacation?

Summer is the time people traditionally take vacations, and Computing Center employees are no exception. August has been a hectic time for us in Academic Computing Services due to people being away on either business or pleasure and also because we had our carpet replaced.

Having our carpet replaced was a major disruption that has still not completely subsided. There is no doubt that the carpet needed to be replaced, it was becoming a hazard to anyone walking down the halls. Large ripples had developed and people were constantly tripping on them. It was only a matter of time before someone was seriously injured.

That said, the process of getting new carpet was extremely painful for those of us who had to find a way to pack up our offices and move the contents out -- either into the hall or adjoining offices, shifting things as one office was re-carpeted and another needed to be. A positive result of all of this was that we got rid of a lot of things we didn't need any more. A negative result was that most of us lost at least 3 days of productive Computing Center work and some of us even more. It did make us appreciate what movers have to put up with though.

By the way, make sure and notice the new carpet next time you're over in the ISB downstairs area of the Computing Center. We think it looks quite nice.

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