Well, as I knew he would be, my IT guy supports me in my desire to have the students blog. We have a plan. It requires getting the adminstration from the college to go and talk to the system adminstrator with the archdiocese. Of course, we have to demonstrate why it is imporatnt -- which I am confident I can do -- first of all to the Academic Dean. Then he has to help us convince the rector that blogging is worthwhile and that he has to fight for it for us.
We are a long way from solving the problem, but at least I have an on-site ally and he has a plan.