Wednesday, December 13, 2017

25 Years Ago in Nexus: October 19, 2016 issue

October 19, 2016 by Greg Pratt, managing editor

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Harshing the college’s mellow: According to a story in our October 15, 1991 issue, Camosun was dealing with the “stoned virus” on its computers at the time. The virus, which displayed a message on computer screens calling for legalization of marijuana, was spreading throughout the computer labs at the college. Unfortunately, this was before the era of free, effective anti-virus software; the college was ponying up between $800 and $1,000 per computer lab to remove the virus.

Wait… what?: We wrote a story in this issue talking about a United Way event coming to the Lansdowne campus; the highlight of the festivities—and it’s even mentioned in the headline—is a “horizontal bungy jumping demo.” We can’t even imagine what that would look like. Talk about a fad that never took off.

The landfills were getting too empty anyway: A previous 25 Years Ago in Nexus column talked about an old story detailing thousands of dollars’ worth of reusable cups going missing from the Camosun cafeteria. This issue had a story on the end result of that: the cafeteria started using disposable dishes and cutlery. All these years—and steps ahead in environmental awareness—later, anyone else thinking the caf should go back to reusable dishes right about now?

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