One hundred years of Samford Crimson

By SYDNEY CROMWELL

Though current students may be too young to remember the details, the turn of the millennium brought concerns that the nation’s computers would not be able to handle the switch from 1999 to 2000. There was the potential that data could be lost or electronics shut down while the world rung in the new year.

Some took the threat of Y2K more seriously than others, preparing survival supplies or refusing to travel by plane on New Year’s Day.

It was generally considered wise to test and prepare computers across the nation.Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 1.50.17 PM

At Samford, the technology services employees worked from 1997 to 1999 to prepare university systems so that residential, financial and academic records would be safe.

This Dec. 8, 1999, article in the Crimson describes the campus as prepared and cautious, but generally unconcerned.

Students and professors expressed their confidence that Y2K was nothing to worry about and they were right.

The new year came with some technological glitches around the world but not the meltdown some people had predicted. For the most part, everything continued to work as it had the year before.

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