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Review Is teh First Student Newspaper Available on Hand-Held Devices
Oberlin Colleges student newspaper, The Oberlin Review,
was founded in 1872 and is one of the oldest continuing student publications
in the country.
The publication has been available online since 1996, and this semester
the staff crested the next technological wave by making the newspaper
available on Palm Pilots and other personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Review Webmaster R. Jon MacDonald, a sophomore computer science
major from Worthington, Ohio, worked with other students to reformat
and simplify the online publication so that its pages would fit comfortably
on tiny PDA screens.
"A former webmaster for the Review came up with the idea
and pursued it for a winter-term project," said MacDonald. "When
that person left, the project was left behind. The idea was mentioned
to me by Ireta Kraal, the managing editor, and I agreed to help out
by revitalizing the project. I began researching what would need to
be done to make it all possible and realized there was not much involved,
compared to the possible benefits for the Review."
The main benefit, said Kraal, is that the new format will make it
easy for everyone from prospective students to alumni to read the
"Yahoo! Internet Life recently rated the College one of
the top five most-wired colleges in America, due in part to immense
student Internet interest and use," she said. "The new edition
will benefit the growing number of Oberlin students, faculty, parents,
and prospective students who carry hand-held computers. It also will
help alumni and friends of Oberlin stay in touch with the College."
To read The Oberlin Review, PDA users must first have AvantGo
software installed on their hand-held devices. They must also establish
a free account with AvantGo; accounts are obtained by accessing the
AvantGo web site.
The PDA version of the Review is posted Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
each publishing week during the College academic year. Readers can
download the Oberlin publication in its entirety within minutes by
clicking the PDA icon on the newspaper web site (www.oberlin.edu/~ocreview).
AvantGo also updates the Review each time the machine is synchronized
with the readers computer.
The Review announced its new edition in a press release that
was picked up by USA Today.
"Since we announced the PDA project, response has been overwhelming,"
"I have heard numerous comments about how great it is to be able
to read the Review on a hand-held device, and Im told
by students that many are utilizing the PDA version."