The Swarthmore College Computer Society (SCCS), holds its meetings in the Sproul Observatory conference room. These happen occationally during the semester and are announced on the sccs mailing list. The SCCS maintains Raptor and Condor, two studen-accessible UNIX servers. For more information, please write Ross Dickson (, SCCS President for '96-'97.

To join the SCCS mailing list, send a message to with the word "subscribe" (sans quotes) in the subject of the message.

In May 1995, the SCCS adopted a new organizational structure. More detailed information about the history of the SCCS is also available.

SCCS Officers

A President, Treasurer, and Secretary. They are elected at the end of every academic year. Note that the Budget Committee requires that treasurers not be seniors. Officers can be reached at Please contact them if you have questions about the SCCS.

Officers for 1995-1996 academic year are:


SCCS Services/Functions

SCCS Unix Servers

The SCCS maintains two UNIX workstations for campus use, both run by volunteer sysadmins. Accounts are freely available to all members of the Swarthmore College community. Raptor, a Decstation 5000/200 running Ultrix, was our first Unix machine (acquired in July 1993). Starting sometime during the fall of 1995, it serves as the student WWW server. Condor, a Dec Alpha 3000/400 running OSF/1, is our newest machine (acquired in April 1995). It maintains full interactive login capability and all standard UNIX software packages for 800+ users Sysadmins can be reached at Current SCCS Sysadmins are:

Policies for these two workstations are made by a UNIX Policy Board which meets weekly. The members can be reached collectively as Here is a list of current policies SCCS workstation users are supposed to follow.

On the policy board are:

The SCCS maintains mailing lists for several campus organizations. If an organization you are involved with would like to have a central mailing list on an SCCS machine, please send mail to staff@sccs for more information. Note that you do not have to have a Raptor account to use or administer the list.

Macintosh Users' Group

The SCCS is an Apple-registered Macintosh Users' Group (MUG). We occasionally have special meetings where we demonstrate new software/hardware or talk about current Macintosh events. We send two members to MacWorld Expo in Boston every summer where they can learn more about what's happening in the Macintosh portion of the computer industry.

PC Users' Group

The SCCS is the campus' sole source of help for people using IBM PCs and clones. The SCCS maintains a mailing list called "swatpc" in order to support this group of otherwise unsupported computer users. For more information, contact

SCCS Ethernet Committee

For full information on this new offshoot of the SCCS, please check out their home page.

SCCS Library

A library of books is maintained in the CRC (Parrish 2d) where they can be checked out by any member of the Swarthmore College community. They vary in focus from beginning Mac and UNIX books to books intended for the fairly advanced programmer.

SCCS Charter

Statement of purpose:

  1. To provide a forum for College computer enthusiasts to discuss computing issues and try out hardware and software.
  2. To provide a support resource for computer difficulties of any sort occurring on student equipment or for any student questions regarding computing issues.


  1. We do not condone the illegal copying of commercial software (software piracy).
  2. We are committed to the control and eradication of computer viruses.
  3. Membership is open to all members of the Swarthmore College community, regardless of sex, race, creed, physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other such factors.
  4. Deliberate failure to comply with these policies may result in revocation of privileges of membership.

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