The evolution of computing at Monmouth College:

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Physics professor Peter Kloeppel demonstrates how to load a magnetic tape onto Monmouth College's mainframe computer in 1975.
Jeff Rankin:

The modern era of computing at Monmouth College began in 1975 when President DeBow Freed appointed math professor John Arrison as director of the computer center; and a suite of former classrooms in Wallace Hall was transformed into a center for academic computing and business data processing.

Punch cards were the medium of data entry, until physics professor Peter Kloeppel (who assisted Arrison in the center) convinced the administration to purchase CRT terminals — to the dismay of some faculty who were convinced that the data needed to be stored on paper or it could be lost.

Kloeppel, who wrote most of the programming for the center using BASIC language, remembers booting up the system in a long and complicated sequence each morning. The maintenance agreement also required that the system be shut down if room temperature exceeded 75 degrees, which was often the case despite two large window air conditioners.