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Vudget Essay, Research Paper Purpose of allocationOverview:To quote from our 1996 Budget application:>There are two oldcomputers (Macintosh IIsi+s) that no longer serve the paper in >any capacity except asinternet browsers and simple word processors. These two >machines are more than five yearsold. The newspaper needs to replace them with >an additional graphics workstation in orderfor more than one person to work at >a time. The paper can hardly be productive, andcertainly not collaborative with >only one useful computer. Our proposal asks for a new7200/90, which is not very >powerful, but inexpensive. We also are proposing for additionalRAM and storage >space, which is highly necessary for graphics programs such as QuarkXpress,>Photoshop, and

Illustrator. (As an illustration of system requirements, >Photoshop needs 15Megs of RAM to run efficiently, Quark needs 5 Megs, and the >System Software runs at 8 Megsof RAM. One usually needs to run both programs at >the same time.)To end this problem, TheStudent Union is requesting a special allocation to purchase a new computer workstation. Weare looking at the Apple Power Macintosh 7500/100, instead of the 7200/90. The 7200 looksmuch cheaper, but actually is not (see cost structure comparison chart below).TechnicalAspectsThis allocation for a new 7500 should be considered a wise investment in the futureof The Student Union. It will go a long way, as what we plan to purchase is a smart choice. It is something that is easily upgradable by means of a replaceable CPU

chip, has all thenecessary power and capacity for a publishing operation, and will undoubtedly be supportedwell into the next century. The 7200 is very likely to be a bad investment with littlefuture or expandability. Finally, the 7200 is considered slow and bug-ridden, with manyhidden +extras+ needed to make it run smoothly, such as additional Video RAM to support thebuilt-in 64-bit data path and to support larger 17+ monitors, and so on.RationaleAnorganization like The Student Union is quite dependent on computers to be productive. Without this allocation, members of the Union will be forced again to do bits and pieces inpublic clusters, which don+t even support the programs the Union uses on a daily basis. Inevitably, it will fall upon the one person on the single useful Mac

in the office tolayout and produce the paper! This is of the current status of things, where I am taking aunduly large burden to produce the paper on the current computer. The Union prides itself onbeing a collective, and it cannot be one unless all members have a chance to look at allaspects of the paper, including layout and design. As I am a senior, it is vital that Itransfer skills I have learned over the years now, to those who will produce the paper inthe coming years.The one computer (slowly but surely becoming obsolescent) is just not doingthe job. The Union needs this allocation to complete a return to normalcy, and to be able toproduce at the rate it used to. The paper used to come out every two weeks, and was a sourceof excitement as it became available around campus.

Even despite the great forward stridesthe paper has made this year, we are not close to completely restoring the paper to itsformer self. Some people on campus are hardly aware of the paper+s existence, because wecannot (financially and resource wise) produce a paper every two weeks. The Union needs moreresources so more people can be involved. Finally, as an added benefit, a nice computer alsomaintains and attracts new interest in the paper.Background Info and/or HistoryThe Union wasfounded 11 years ago by a group of CMU students interested in a slightly more aggressiveapproach to journalism and news. It was founded to be distinct from any other campus paper, including the Tartan. Today, it is one of two alternative voices. (Any respectableuniversity should have at least 4 or