The Y2K Guardians: Who Will Be Here?

Geoffrey B. Mainland '00 of Newark, Ohio, is going home for the holidays--well, part of them, at least.

After spending a few days with his family, Mainland will head back to campus to brave the millennial transition while hanging out with friends in Boston and spending a peaceful couple of days working on his Computer Science 91r project.

"I'm not worried at all about Y2K," he says. "I think it's going to be


pretty quiet."

While University officials say they share Mainland's optimism, they have

had to prepare for the worst. Harvard's Year 2000 Project, under coordinators Liz Eagan and Scott Bradner, has been going full-throttle for two years to ensure that when the millennium rolls around, University systems will remain intact.

If Cambridge experiences widespread interruptions of services like electricity and water, the University has a number of contingency plans ready to keep computer systems on campus functioning.

Despite the slim chance of such an emergency situation, Dean of the

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