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IITS open house shows high-tech via the movies

Instructional and Information Technology Services held their annual pre-Christmas open house in the J.A. DeSève Cinema instead of in their own offices, and the event drew a large number of faculty, staff and students.

"We showed a selection of clips from famous movies to demonstrate available technology," explained Patricia Posius. "They included 16-millimetre film projection, DVD*, laser-disc, video pro jection with line doubling system, and the Dolby sound system, among others."

IITS"We also showed archival film clips (courtesy of Archives Director Nancy Marrelli) of some famous Concordia moments -- scenes from the hearing [that followed the 1968 computer riot], Margaret Atwood speaking at Loyola, Jerry Rubin at Loyola, an interview of Henry F. Hall, to name a few."

Bell Canada, Duocom and Pioneer were external participants. A mini-sound studio was set up by IITS's Roger Tyrrell, and the Archives provided audio clips and photos from the University's past.

"Physical Resources built us a fabulous [golf] putting green and the Concordia Computer Store held its annual putting challenge there a real challenge in that setting," Posius said.

Many participants won prizes donated by Bell, Duocom and the Computer Store. Pioneer Standard made a special donation of a computer for a student; the winner will be selected by the Dean of Students later this month.

Patricia wants to thank the many people who made the open house such a success, including Conference Services, Distribution, Marriott, Housekeeping and Physical Resources.

*DVD stands for digital versatile disc, or digital video disc. IITS's Oksana Dykyj explains that it looks like an audio CD, but can contain a variety of digital data, sound and moving images. "What we demonstrated was the movie/video aspect of it. We tried to show that there is an educational component in terms of languages, because most movies on DVD offer the viewer the possibility of selecting the spoken language as well as the subtitling language. This allows a Hollywood film to be dubbed into, say, Spanish with French subtitles if the viewer chooses that option." - BB

Left to right, Vice-Rector Services Charles Emond, Pioneer executives Pascal Printemps and Mark Paprocki, and IITS Director John Woodrow.

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