Flooding the server

By Christina Williams
March 18, 2004

Angelina Wagner

It’s that time of year again. Students are walking around campus with scheduling catalogues and registrations forms. They will be trying to schedule themselves so they have off on Fridays and no 8:15 classes. Students will be trying to get their forms signed by their advisers all so they can register for the fall 2004 term.

This means that the registrar’s office will be flooded with students trying to turn in their registration forms so that they can register online for classes. This is the new system Cabrini is trying to use in order to make scheduling a little less hectic.

The question everyone is wondering is will online registration cut back on the chaos or will there only be even more chaos? I’m not a psychic or anything but I see problems coming with this plan. I mean our school doesn’t have the best internet connection. How often does the server go down a week? I can just see it now everything is going to get backed up because the server is going to go down.

I doubt the weak server will be the only problem the registrar faces. For example, all the students who don’t know about their financial obligations might be in for a rude awakening when they go to register like last semester.

Last semester I couldn’t believe all the people standing in line at the Financial Aid desk that just wanted to register but couldn’t because they had a financial hold they didn’t know anything about. All I know is I’m glad I’m not the lady sitting at the Financial Aid desk.

The next problem the registrar’s office will face will be the overcrowding of classes. There will be people complaining to the registrar’s office about how they can’t get into required classes because there is no one really monitoring who is taking certain classes. I know that last year there were people registering for Honor’s classes that weren’t even in the Honor’s program.

I am really anxious to see how this online registration is going to work since there is no sort of monitor to watch what is going on. Honestly, how is the registrar’s office going to know if students are registering at the right time?

The letter that was sent out said that the regular registration paper has to been turned in before students can register online. Well what if a student turns in their paper two days early, can they go and register online a day early? If that is the case then there really will be overcrowded classes. All the freshmen will try and get out of their crappy 8:15 classes by turning in their papers early to register online early.

I definitely think there will be kinks in the new system and there will definitely be unhappy students when registration is over. There is so much room for error that after registration is over students may be asking for the old ways back. I guess we will just have to wait until the end of March to see how things work out for the registrar’s office.

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