All school linux systems are in the process of being updated to a new image.
Among the more visible changes are:
Desktop environment updated to Plasma 5
CUDA libraries updated to v9.1
Default python switched to version 3.6 (If you want to run python 2.7 you can by invoking as python2, or python2.7 , or if you want to switch your personal python default back to 2.7 you can with the command "/usr/pkg/sbin/pkg_alternatives manual python27"