August 28, 2001
Once the underdogs on campus, Macintosh computers
are gaining ground on PCs
Story by Chrissy Braden Illustration
by J. Kent Ladewig
in the process of abolishing Macintosh computers on campus
in 1998, when Chancellor Michael Ferarri, who came from a
university that only used Macs, arrived to save the apple
of his eye.
the story goes.
Dick Rinewalt, chairman of computer science, said neither
IBM-compatible nor Mac computers could ever be banished from
campus because students need the experience of both platforms
to be prepared for careers after college.
department chairman David Vanderwerken, who attributes an
increase in Mac users to Ferraris personal preference,
said his department has an equal number of Macs and IBM-compatible
said students have needs and preferences for both Mac and
IBM-compatible computers, so both platforms are needed at
I came to TCU, I emphasized that we should have and would
have a multi-platform environment for computing on our campus,
said the computer science department switched to platform-neutral
Java software, which runs on both computer platforms, three
emphasize developing software rather than just learning it,
he said. So its essential to us that our graduates
have exposure to every platform, because thats what
theyll have to deal with when they get out in the real
Bonner, a sales development executive at Mac, said the company
has had a rebirth since the iMac, a desktop computer, was
released and Steve Jobs became CEO in 1998.
said faster speed, lower prices and innovative technology
have helped to increase the popularity of Macs.
are more user-friendly, he said.
is priced from $999 and iBook, a Mac laptop computer, is priced
from $1,299, according to the Mac Web site (www.apple.com).
Steven Ogden, a technology specialist at Office Depot on SW
Loop 820, said Compaq offers a desktop computer from $999
and a laptop computer from $1,299 as well.
said he had not noticed a decrease in IBM-compatible computer
sales since Mac heightened its competition. IBM-compatible
computers offer more software than Macs, but he isnt
aware of an industry that would need an IBM-compatible rather
than a Mac computer, he said.
said that although there is always a threat for one computer
company to be dominated by another, he thinks Macs are in
a safe position because the creative community relies on them
for high speed in running things such as 3-D programs.
said there are still some people at TCU who think the school
should have only IBM-compatible computers, but he thinks Mac
users on campus find that platform environment much more suitable
for teaching and learning in their disciplines.
said Macs are number one in the education environment and
are continuing to gain new ground.
is changing, he said. And our new (server) OS
X will put us into a league that will really revitalize us.
Ramos, a junior political science major who is a Compaq user,
said she thinks both platforms should be offered on campus.
prefer Compaq a zillion times over, Ramos said. Its
a more familiar system to me.
agreed students need the option of either platform.
have both platforms at TCU today, as it should be, Ferarri