Elizabethtown College sends used computer technology overseas to Ukrainian students in need | Local News

Elizabethtown College sends used computer technology overseas to Ukrainian students in need | Local News

Elizabethtown College sent a mix of 93 used computers, screens and mice off to Ukraine to help students without necessary technology for their education.

All levels of education in Ukraine have been greatly disrupted by the war, said Andrew Kinsel, founder and owner of the Ukranian nonprofit organization, Ukraine Protection and Development Fund. His organization is facilitating the donation of Elizabethtown College’s computers to Ukrainian students.

The students need donations to replace technology that is often stolen or damaged by Russian soldiers.

Kinsel said in an interview with LNP | LancasterOnline Thursday that a computer that might not be the top of the line in the U.S. is like “gold” for Ukranians – and, it’s a good method of recycling, “Ecologically it’s good… it’s taking junk and giving it to somebody that really needs it.”

Approximately 17 million people have been displaced, roughly 62,000 have died and more than 140,000 buildings have been destroyed in the war Russia waged against Ukraine since February 2022, according to Reuters news agency.

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In fact, the war has hindered education for 5.3 million children in Ukraine, according to UNICEF, and those who could flee could take very little with them – especially not a laptop or computer.

Students in Ukraine are attending school amid air raids and artillery fire, which can make study impossible, Kinsel said.

“I have been in schools in areas liberated from Russian occupation where the roof was damaged, walls shot or all the computers stolen,” Kinsel wrote in a Facebook post. “Universities have suffered rocket attacks and Ukrainian language books burned.”

Multiple efforts, one fund

Kinsel started the Ukraine Protection and Development Fund in May 2022, shortly after the current fighting broke out. Adopt a School, the program Elizabethtown College participated in, is one of the organization’s efforts.

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Though he’s not sure how many students the organization has helped specifically, Kinsel noted that one computer can help five to 10 students in Ukraine. In some parts of the country no more than five students can gather in one spot to prevent themselves from becoming targets of artillery fire.

Adopt a School is just one program of the Ukraine Protection and Development Fund. Through its other efforts – Generators for Life and Computers for the Front – the organization also donated more than 1,000 pieces of electronic equipment to soldiers on the front line, raised over $500,000 to supply body armor to military units and has donated over 100 electric generators to villages damaged by the Russians.

Kinsel has been living near Kyiv, Ukraine, since 1992. A Houston, Texas, native, Kinsel originally came to Ukraine while interning in the U.S. Embassy there during his time studying at American University in Washington, D.C.

He was planning to return to America that summer but instead, he began working with a startup media

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Computer crash sends Kansas university back again to the 1970s

Computer crash sends Kansas university back again to the 1970s


An official at Buddies University reported they had to choose down Wi-Fi and parts of the school’s on the web community right after “unusual activity” was found on the network.

A computer system technique crash has strike Close friends University challenging, having out the school’s Wi-Fi, e-mail and organizational software package at numerous details about the previous week, according to college students and college.

Many campus patrons have noted multiple and recurring challenges logging in, accessing and distributing assignments, and communicating with the campus group.

The college issued a checklist of talking factors to its school Thursday about what to inform pupils and other individuals about the “technology disruption impacting some of our operations.”

It didn’t address the lead to, but did say “most classes and activities are being done as scheduled” and “we are doing the job on a timeline for comprehensive procedure restoration.”

A spokeswoman for the university downplayed the crash but conceded that difficulties ended up ongoing Thursday. She mentioned an investigation is underway to determine out what went wrong and how to correct it.

Vice President of Enrollment Administration Deb Stockman reported “unusual activity” was recognized on the network Nov. 11, forcing the university to get down Wi-Fi and areas of the community.

“We are just continuing to glimpse into it and our IT folks will be restoring techniques as before long as they can,” she stated, including that they “engaged 3rd social gathering companions to guide us with units restoration and conducting an investigation into the cause. And that investigation is ongoing.”

Users of the campus community explained they’ve been instructed the difficulty was a virus attack of some kind.

“There was certainly a virus,” mentioned biology professor Patrick Mathews. “And I think there was a problem that it may possibly have been a single of individuals viruses wherever there would be ransom desire afterwards, but there’s been no ransom demand and so it just looks like there was some variety of virus. The problem now is how significantly did it unfold before they took motion to actually lock it down.”

He explained “I’ve been equipped to purpose all appropriate,” by making use of his individual computer alternatively of the university’s. “It’s just an inconvenience.”

The laptop difficulties started out with a variety of methods and applications likely offline, stated political science professor Russell Fox.

“Friday early morning, I attempted to log in from my property laptop or computer and the VPN (virtual non-public network) shopper was down and I could not connect,” he said. “I called the enable desk and stated ‘Was this linked to some of the stuff that I heard about heading erroneous yesterday?’ And they said ‘Yes.’ And I reported ‘What’s down?’ They claimed, ‘Uh, everything.’”

Afterwards that Friday, a assembly was held on Zoom to converse about the system problems, which the team could not enjoy on campus computer systems simply because the university’s method and Wi-Fi were down, Fox explained.

“They gave no information and facts and

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