Campus News in Brief

Emily Dobler Nov 21, 2011

Local authorities try to find solutions for homelessness

Pennsylvania State Senator Wayne Fontana and City Councilman Bill Peduto — along with regional representatives from the McCune foundation community, the county government, and social service providers — discussed potential solutions to the state’s homelessness problem in the Connan Room in Carnegie Mellon’s University Center last Friday.

The forum was co-sponsored by Community Health Services and Carnegie Mellon. In addition to Fontana and Peduto, panel speakers included Laurel Shaw Randi, senior program officer at the McCune Foundation, and Pat Valentine, executive deputy director for Integrated Program Services at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

In a recent Allegheny County Department of Human Services survey, it was estimated that more than 2,400 men, women, and children in the county do not have a home on any given night.

The forum on Friday served as an opportunity for local representatives and officials to share the progress on Allegheny County’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.

Fontana has worked to establish a task force within the Department of Education to address homeless children’s education. Peduto has been a long-time advocate for those facing homelessness, working with Allegheny County officials to develop the 10-year plan.

Students win 'Capture the Flag' security competition

Carnegie Mellon students in engineering and computer science won the “Capture the Flag” competition, a computer security war game. Each team or individual in the game is given a machine or small network to defend an isolated network. The teams compete to find information on opponents’ machines. Scoring is based on a team’s success in defending its assigned machine attacking other teams’ machines.

On Oct. 24, Carnegie Mellon’s team won the SecuInside Capture the Flag contest in South Korea, winning $30,000. This past week, the university entered two teams in the Polytechnic Institute of New York CSAW contest and took first- and second-place, winning another $1,750.

“The SecuInside contest was an attack-defense competition, so our goal was to take a server running a set of services, fix vulnerabilities quickly, and exploit the other team’s vulnerabilities before they get theirs fixed,” said Tyler Nighswander, a senior computer science major and the team’s president, in a university press release.

In addition to Nighswander, the other members of the Carnegie Melon team include Matt Dickoff, a junior in electrical and computer engineering; Andrew Wesie and Ricky Zhou, juniors in computer science; and Brian Pak, a sophomore in computer science.