Sunday, December 26, 1999 Laredo Morning Times PAGE 5A
TCU offers business degree focusing on Internet commerce
DALLAS (AP) — Change is in the wind for busi- more who is planning on adding an extra year to how much people would use e-mail, or the tele- that hasn’t happened since the Industrial
ness majors at Texas Christian University. his studies so he can add the e-degree to the phone. ... Technology is never going away.” Revolution,” she said.
About 80 business students will begin work in the finance degree he already is working toward. Fort Worth-area businesses are getting behind The new program will begin this spring with an
spring in what is at least one of the first accredited That is what many of the 80 students accepted the program. Electronic commerce is expected to introductory course. An additional course will be
undergraduate degree programs focusing on e- for the spring are doing. Many will be staying in generate about $400 billion in revenue by 2002, added each year to flesh out the degree plan by
commerce. school an extra year at the university to complete officials said. Such a prospect means businesses the spring of 2001. Those courses will be required
The Internet business program will offer students the new degree, some adding it as a second or and corporations will need employees with sophis- in addition to the core business courses required of
at the private Fort Worth university a mixture of tra- third degree paired with a more traditional finance, ticated Internet skills. most other business degrees, Ms. Mackay said.
ditional and virtual business studies toward a accounting, marketing or management degree. Ed Adcock, 50, who returned to school last year
degree in electronic business, The Dallas Morning “It will give me more opportunities. A lot of people to complete his degree after working years in the
News reported on Saturday. have let this pass them by,” Goodfriend said. business world, hopes the new degree will give
Other colleges and universities, including So far, more than 100 students have inquired him an edge.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts about the program. TCU officials are hoping the “I jumped at it,” he said. “Here’s an opportunity at
Institute of Technology, have offered specialty program will put the university in the vanguard of a my age. ... It’s new and it’s dynamic and it’s fun.
courses or advanced studies in e-commerce, but new approach toward business studies. This is where the business world is going.”
not an undergraduate degree. “This is the future,” said Jane M. Mackay, an “It truly is a revolution,” said Sandi Walker, vice
TCU sophomore business major Brian associate professor and director of the new elec- president of information technology for Bell
Goodfriend sees it as a wave of the future. tronic business program at TCU’s Neeley School Helicopter Textron in Fort Worth, who served on an
“Electronic commerce and the Internet are going of Business. advisory board for the new degree program.
to be the future, and you might as well learn what “A lot of people have said this is just a trend,” she “We really are changing our whole business
you can now,” said Goodfriend, 20, a TCU sopho- said. “It’s almost like (when) we were wondering model because of technology. That’s something
Experts say Christmas could have
released destructive computer virus
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — You that they had detected manufacturer, when available.
might call it the “Bah! Humbug” Win32.Kriz.3862. “Don’t open e-mail attach-
computer bug. “It can be obtained by down- ments from people you aren’t
Several software makers and loading a game or screen saver expecting to send them, and
other experts have announced off the Internet or as an e-mail don’t open attachments that you
the discovery of a computer attachment,” Steve Sundermeier, don’t know where they came
virus scheduled to activate on a support technician with from,” Stinson advised.
Christmas Day when users try Command Central, told the Ealrier this month, the virus
to install software applications newspaper. He said the only way W95.Babylonia, came dis-
such as games and screen to protect personal computers guised as a Y2K fix. The soft-
savers. from the virus is to disinfect it with ware took computer security
“This is a serious one. It’s the anti-viral software. experts by surprise with its abil-
real deal,” said Terry Phillips of Sundermeier’s company offers ity to update itself with potential-
Internet Global, an Internet a free 30-day anti-virus program ly malicious instructions from
Service Provider, or ISP. off its Web site at Japan.
The virus, Win32.Kriz.3862, www.avp.com, and Sunder- Aaron Anderson, information
could attack PC hard drives and meier said anti-virus programs technology director with USA
wipe out everything from word files cost range from $20 to $100. Online, recommended common
to e-mail documents, according to Andrew Stinson, technical sense and caution: “Because of
The Midland Reporter-Telegram. support with Apex 2000, a technology called steganogra-
The bug effects Windows 95, Midland-based Internet Service phy, I can hide a file within a file.
Windows 98, Windows NT and Provider, agreed that the best ... So you need to be careful
other applications. protection is anti-viral software about opening up attachments
Central Command Inc., mak- installed on your own PC. He you don’t know where they
ers of the Anti Viral Toolkit Pro, also recommended updating came from.”
and Kaspersky Lab announced current programs through the