Is your office located in Bicentennial Hall? Are you wondering about or need help with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), moving to the cloud, or other computing issues? Our Mobile Helpdesk will be onsite in MBH’s Great Hall with support by our Security Team. Drop by and get safe and secure with ease. Rolling in on 12/07 from 1:00PM-3:00PM.
See our schedule for upcoming Mobile Helpdesk dates.
We upgraded the servers that run go.middlebury.edu, go.miis.edu, and mediawiki.middlebury.edu. These are now using the Chef server configuration tool to manage settings so that we can ensure proper change management over their setup. The GO service now supports the “https” protocol. Additionally, MediaWiki was upgraded from version 1.26.4 to version 1.28.0 as part of this change.
Fixes and Tweaks
- When editing a GO shortcut, the “Apply These Changes” button is now on its own line, making it less likely that you will accidentally click the “Delete” button that used to be next to it.
- Course Hub term builders can now reorder subpage items in the hub.
- The iCal feeds for the Dining Menus site now include the start and end time of each meal.
- The L&ITS wiki now includes icons when linking to an external site. Also, the toclimit classes are in the stylesheet now so that feature will work.
- Resolved an issue with images not loading in the Moodle Adaptive Quiz module.
- The WordPress bbPress plugin went missing and was replaced.
- The Course Catalog now supports a JSON API to provide course data to the Kurogo mobile application.
- A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
- Building out the configuration of our CAS and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, and GO services.
- Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
- Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.
It was a hit last spring, and so we’re doing it again: on Wednesday, December 7, the CTLR, the Writing Center, and the Library are hosting the second Middlebury Write-In! Students can attend at either the Davis Family Library or the Anderson Freeman Resource Center to find a productive, social, and supportive environment designed to help them focus on their writing. There will be food, prizes, and writing and research help on hand to make end-of-term writing less stressful and more fun. The Write-In begins at 8 pm and lasts until 11pm, but students are welcome to come any time!
What: Middlebury Write-In!
When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8-11 PM
Where: the Davis Family Library and the Anderson Freeman Resource Center
During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, December 4th, 2016 from 6 am – 10 am EST we have the following activities scheduled:
- There will be brief network outages at Painter House while the building circuit is changed.
- There will be a change to the wireless infrastructure that may require remote access points to reboot.
- The servers hosting the Mediawiki and GO (both go.middlebury.edu and go.miis.edu) applications will be upgraded. There will be some brief service outages related to the upgrades.
- There will be a brief network outage for offices in the 700 Exchange St building while the circuit is changed. The data center will not be impacted.
We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.
ITS – Central Systems & Network Services
To mark World AIDS Day we’re sharing this film clip from the 1976 promotional film Middlebury College, a Chance to Grow which profiled Political Science major and student activist Mario Cooper. After graduating in 1977, Cooper went on to earn a law degree and became a key figure in HIV/AIDS advocacy after becoming HIV positive and witnessing the disproportionate effects of the disease in the African American community.
Though it may have once seemed like an unassuming profile of a passionate student, the clip can now be appreciated as an early view into the work of a determined activist who would later become a prominent figure in civil rights and AIDS advocacy movements. The footage and narration also poignantly show Cooper enjoying college life and friendships in a time before the AIDS epidemic changed his life and that of those around him.
Mario Cooper died in 2015 while in hospice care in Washington, D.C. His New York Times obituary can be read here, and a tribute to his work as an activist can be read on POZ, the social network for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Unplug and Recharge
Good news! Thanks to lots of positive feedback, the “Unplug and Recharge Room” on the upper level of the Davis Family Library will be available at least until the end of this year. We’ve added a curtain and acquired a few other items to make it more permanent. We’ll add more as soon as possible. Many thanks to the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life for allowing us to continue to borrow the meditation cushions.
Wish you could use the meditation cushions somewhere else in the library? That’s easy, borrow a set from us! Check them out at the Circulation Desks at the Davis Family Library or the Armstrong Library.
Where is the Unplug and Recharge Room? Follow the signs!