St. X web-page under construction
New club X.Net to be in charge

by Ben Hsieh '99
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Plans were finalized earlier this week for the beginnings of St. X's first Internet endeavor.

The Internet web-page format allows the user to present a graphical interface to any visitor with Internet connections. This is something project co-founders John Wilke '97 and Tom Ivers '97 want to take full advantage of.

"[The web-page allows us to] access the whole St. X any time of day." says Wilke.

Dan Klus, Director of Alumni Affairs, agrees, "With the wealth of options to communicate via the Internet... a web-page will allow us to communicate with [our students and alumni worldwide] as to what is happening at St. X ", the club that will set up and run the web-page, will be a student-run organization, open to "all students... Everyone will have a role" says Klus, " It's going to be a collection of students who want to learn more about programming and computers, taught by students who know more." Its purpose will be not only to communicate, but also to provide a fun, exciting and interesting extra curricular for the students to participate in.

Financially, St. X's web-page will cost $150-250 dollars annually, a figure described as "beans" by Klus. No equipment will need to be bought for this operation; Internet corporation one-net has been contracted to be the server. All work will be done "either in the [computer] lab or on student computers" says Ken Alverson '98.

Plans are optomistic for the page's completion, now that funding is guaranteed. Although a domain name was not established at press time, students with connections to the internet who wish to visit a preliminary version can do so in about two weeks.

The web-page will feature everything from sports schedules, St. X oriented sound clips, and back issues of the St. X Blueprint, to a "guestbook" allowing comments and suggestions for the web-page and anything else that students wish to post. Plans will also be made for a chat room, and registration with WebCrawler and Yahoo!

"We have no space limitations. In [hard-copy media] you gotta cut it to a certain page. In web-page, you can have ten pages dedicated to just TX." says Wilke.

"We will never be done." adds Alverson.

Ivers agrees, "We'll be constantly adding information as needed."

"The Web-page is just scratching the surface of being an information source and a way to communicate" summarizes Klus.

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