Daily Debriefing

by Nathan Swire, Kate Farley and Turia Lahlou | 9/24/08 2:34am

The costume of Keggy the Keg, Dartmouth's unofficial mascot, has been missing since August, according to the Dartmouth's humor publication, the Jack-O-Lantern. The Jack-O-Lantern has already alerted the campus, as well as Safety and Security and Hanover Police to Keggy's disappearance. Dylan Kane '09, editor-in-chief of the Jack-O-Lantern, said the costume would be unusable, as the thief took only the plastic exterior, leaving the wearable harness behind. Keggy the Keg, who first appeared in fall 2003, has been a fixture at sporting events and big weekends at the College. He has also starred in Jack-O-Lantern productions, such as the video "Drinking Time," where he led a marching band down Webster Avenue.

The Computing Services Department opened a new data center in Lebanon, N.H. on Sept.16, which will provide 80 additional terabytes of server space for data storage, according to a Dartmouth press release. John Gaythorpe, director of systems services, said in the press release that building the new facility was essential, as storage and backup capacities on campus have been reached. The data center also provides backup network capability for the campus. In the event of a campus power outage, network traffic will switch to the remote facility, so users will not experience an interruption in internet access or other network services. The data center is served by redundant power sources and is protected by numerous security measures, including motion-activated video cameras and multiple entry doors secured by access code, identification card or iris scan.

Ten people were killed and two were injured at the School of Hospitality in Kauhajoki, a city in southwestern Finland, on Tuesday. The gunman, Matthi Juhani Saari, a 22-year-old student, then proceeded to shoot himself in the head, according to The New York Times. Prior to the killings, Finnish police had questioned Saari, who has been said to have a fascination with the Columbine shooting, about a YouTube video he posted of himself firing a pistol and saying, ''You will die next.'' Officials released him because there was not enough evidence to confiscate his weapon. The massacre was similar to another rampage in Finland one year ago, according to the Times, when an 18-year-old, who had a similar fascination with Columbine, posted a YouTube video, and then went on to attack his school. There are approximately 1.6 million privately owned firearms in Finland, according to the Times.