Category: Technology

Website Updates Coming

Hello everyone!

The website is currently going through maintenance and page updates which will continue to occur throughout the duration of this week. Most of the site’s pages and resources will still be available and accessable, but many of the senator page’s will be down. This is due to pages needing to be updated as Senate transitions from the 30th Session to the 31st Session.

I apologize for the inconvience, but the site will be fully functional by the end of next week. Thank you for understanding and I hope everyone is having a great summer break so far!

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Hourly car rentals, residence hall printers in the works

This past finals week, we had an extremely successful “Dog Days of Finals” with 430 students in attendance. Thank you for coming out to this event! I hope to continue this event, and hopefully make it into a Drake Tradition. I do plan on stepping down from hosting this event and allowing another senator to take on the task. If you have any questions or new ideas for the event, feel free to send them to me to pass on to the next senator.

For this coming semester, I have a few projects I am working on. First off, I am reopening talks to bring in hourly rental cars to Drake. These would be available to students 18 years of age and older, would be fully insured and gassed, and would run between $10 to $20 an hour.

My next project I am working on with Sen. Reiter is creating a memory book for Porterhouse’s parents. If you have any pictures of him with yourself or your friends, please send them to me to be included in the book.

Finally, I will finish up the implementation of printers in the residence halls. The approval is almost complete, and when the okay is given, all the dorms, including Ross will have its own printer available 24/7!

If you have any ideas, thoughts, projects or changes you want to see at Drake University, no matter how large, small, or impossible it seems, please send them to me at

 – Sen. Josh  Schoenblatt

PaperCut Printing

Did you know you can send files to printers online and them pick up at any campus printer? Just log in to PaperCut with your blueView information. For more information, check out Drake OIT’s Print Services page. Please let us know if you are having difficulties with the new printing system.

Web Printing is your guide to driverless printing! Web Printing gives you the ability to upload documents to the PaperCut website and select a specific printer or to use the Virtual Print Queue “Public Printers.” You can the retrieve the printer of your choosing and release or delete the print job. Submitted jobs will remain in queue for 48 hours.

– Drake OIT

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Other updates:

DART is working on a new transit route toward downtown Des Moines. They’re also working on getting a mobile out within the next year.

– Senator/Student Services Committee Chair Nate Bleadorn

College of Arts & Sciences working to improve website and social media efforts

– College of Education Senator Carly Hamilton on behalf of Senator/Academic Affairs Committee Chair Amanda Laurent

TV channel guides that tell students what channel corresponds to what station will be available in residence halls starting next year.

 – Senator/Campus Advancement Committee Chair David Karaz

Ice machines requested by some students are unfortunately not able to be implemented into residence halls.

 – Senator/Campus Advancement Committee Chair David Karaz

Student Senate Meeting 11/11/10

First, we’d like to thank you for all your feedback regarding which e-mail systems you’d like to see at Drake. We will pass the results of our poll along to Ann Kovalchick, the Chief Information Technology Officer, so she and the e-mail migration committee will have student feedback as they move forward in their decision-making process. You can send any other thoughts or concerns to her via e-mail at

Please join us for this week’s Student Senate meeting, tomorrow at 9pm in the Drake Room in upper Olmsted. We’ll also be live-blogging the meeting on this website, so head back to to follow along. At this meeting:

Want to see the full agenda and motions? Click here to download a PDF of everything you’ll need for this week’s Senate meeting! Missed last week’s meeting? Download a PDF of the minutes from our 11/4/10 meeting to catch up.

New this week: the minutes include last week’s voting record. Take a look if you’re interested in how your senators voted on a particular issue or motion!

E-mail System Demos

Today’s edition of the Times-Delphic includes a story about the Office of Information Technology‘s new effort to overhaul Drake’s e-mail system, a process spearheaded by Chief Information Technology Officer Ann Kovalchick. Various members of Student Senate, including Student Body President Samantha Haas and Technology Liaison Michael Riebel, have had the opportunity to provide input in the first stages of the process, and now the student body can voice their opinions. Below is an excerpt from “Office of Information Technology launches email system overhaul.”

The e-mail system that Drake University students have become accustomed to could be up for a big change soon. The Zimbra e-mail system will be getting an overhaul, or even be changed completely for a “cloud computing” system.

In a cloud system, information is no longer stored locally, but rather on a server that can help access any information that a user has saved on other computers and outsourced to a new server. One of the more recognizable cloud systems is Google Apps, which helps power Gmail and Google Calendar.

Two of the systems currently being looked at are Microsoft’s Live@edu and Google’s Gmail. The main difference between the two is that Live@edu not only has Web-based access, but also offers a native desktop client function, unlike Gmail. Students would then also have improved calendar options and could handle larger amounts of e-mails.

Students have a few opportunities to test out the systems that might replace Zimbra.

The first sessions dealing with the Google platform will be tonight [11/8] from 2 to 3 p.m. in Cowles 201 and then again from 7 to 8 p.m. in Bulldog Theater.

The second session of demonstrations will be with the Microsoft platform tomorrow, Nov. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Bulldog Theater and then again from 7 to 8 p.m. in the same location.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to share your feedback with the Office of Information Technology and the email overhaul committee. Vote for your preference in the poll below, and post any other thoughts in our comments section.

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Student Senate Meeting 11/4/10

Please join us for this week’s Student Senate meeting, tomorrow at 9pm in the Drake Room in upper Olmsted. At this meeting:

  • Updates from Ann Kovalchick, Chief Information Technology Officer
  • First-Year Senator election update
  • Funding allocations for CBS (National Black Student Union Conference) and Drake Anime Club (“What is Anime?” event)
  • Organizational approval for Drake Sportsmen’s Club

Want to see the full agenda and motions? Click here to download a PDF of everything you’ll need for this week’s Senate meeting! Missed last week’s meeting? Download a PDF of the minutes from our 10/28/10 meeting to catch up.