Thursday, August 2, 2018

Planned Campus Power Outage August 4 and 5, 2018

A planned campus power outage is taking place on Saturday, August 4 from 6:00pm to Sunday August 5 at 2:00am in order to complete the electrical connections to the new Theater building. Expect some disruption of networked services between 4:00pm August 4 to 4:00am August 5.
Services affected:

  • Banner and 1600grand will be unavailable from 8:00am August 4 to 4:00am August 5.
  • ITS network systems and services including campus Wi-Fi, landline phones and Internet access will be unavailable from 4:00pm August 4 to 4:00am August 5.
  • Email and other Google apps will remain accessible from off-campus.
  • Macalester's Website will be unavailable from 4:00pm August 4 to 4:00am August 5.
  • Carnegie, Neill, Art, Fine Arts Commons and Music will be without power from 6:00pm August 4 to 2:00am August 5. All other buildings will retain power.
  • Air conditioning across campus will be unavailable from 6:00pm August 4 to 2:00am August 5.


What is being done: ITS will be powering down all services in preparation for the power outage. Banner and 1600grand will be unavailable starting at 8:00am. Other ITS services will begin shutting down at 4:00pm.


What you need to do: Occupants of Carnegie, Neill, Art, Fine Arts Commons and Music should shut down all computers, printers, and other sensitive electronics prior to Saturday, August 4 at 4:00pm. Only authorized staff will be permitted inside these buildings during the outage.

To contact Security during the power outage, call 651-696-6555.


For more information: contact the ITS Help Desk at 651-696-6525 or helpdesk@macalester.edu with questions about the power outage.

Network Printing Service Restored, 8/2/18

As of 12:50 PM, ITS staff have found and corrected the problem affecting some networked printers on campus. You may need to restart your printer. If you continue to have difficulty, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 696-6525 or helpdesk@macalester.edu.


Original post:
ITS staff have found a problem affecting many network printers across campus. We are working to fix this problem as soon as possible, and will send out another notification when we have resolved it. Existing local printers - those connected directly to a computer via cable - should not be affected. If you would like a direct callback when the problem is solved, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 696-6525 or helpdesk@macalester.edu.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Meet the new Gmail look and feel

In the new Gmail, you can:
  • Change display density: Change how spacious or compact you want your inbox view. In the top right, click Settings and then Display density. If you choose Default, you'll see a preview of attachments from your inbox.
  • Smart Reply: Quickly reply to emails using phrases that appear based on the message you've received. Learn how to use Smart Reply.
  • Nudge: You might see old emails at the top of your inbox with a suggestion to reply or follow up. Learn how to show or hide these reminders to follow up.
  • Snooze emails until later: Postpone emails to a future date or time that's more convenient. Learn how to snooze emails.
  • Easily access other apps you use often: View Calendar, Tasks, Keep in Gmail on the right
  • Contacts: View contacts at contacts.google.com
  • Bonus: The top and left navigation bars both got a refreshed look. These changes carry over to Drive and Calendar too.
New Gmail Timeline
  • June 19 2018: The new Gmail opt-in feature will start to appear for Macalester users. It may take several days for this new feature to gradually roll out to all users. For a limited time you’ll be able to opt in to use new Email--and switch back to Classic--before it becomes our standard view sometime in October 2018.
  • mid-September 2018: Users of class Gmail will be moved to the new Gmail but will be able to opt out.
  • mid-October 2018: Any users who are still accessing classic Gmail will be transitioned to the new Gmail with no ability to opt out.
Try the new Gmail
  1. On a computer, open Macalester Gmail.
  2. Click Settings (gear icon) and select Try the new Macalester College Mail.
  3. To switch back, click Settings and select Go back to classic Macalester College.
Note: If you cannot see Try the new Macalester College Mail, the new email isn't available for your account yet. 

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