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Students help test technology for VP debate

Oct. 06, 2012 @ 10:33 AM

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In the days before hundreds of media descend upon Danville to cover the vice-presidential debate at Centre College, students at the liberal arts school were busy testing the technology that will be used during the event.

The team that installed the technology wanted to test it before the big day, and asked students to attempt to “break the network.”

Assistant information technology director David Frey said students were asked to call people, power up wireless devices and plug in Internet connections at each station.

“This is great,” he said at one point to those who came ready to cause trouble. “We actually have a problem right now.”

Frey said the activities were like a stress test for the system, which techs have been working on for weeks. The problem reported early on involved interference with outgoing calls. Techs were able to fix it almost immediately.