Gulfline servers just not enough to service students
Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 01:11
However, the giant, rotting, putrid, decaying, and malevolent Gulfline once again plagues what would normally be another delightful evening on campus when registering for classes.
I am truly baffled that this university cannot figure out a way for its students to register without causing them to swear at their computers like a WWE wrestler experiencing "roid rage."
I have been told in the past that the problem lies in the capacity of the computer servers at FGCU. Apparently these servers cannot handle the traffic of a few thousand hits from students attempting to sign up for classes. (The key word being "attempting.")
Nevertheless, I cannot help but wonder what the cost would be to get servers that could handle the traffic on registration nights.
Our school certainly has a budget that could support another server. Or, if that is out of the question, the FGCU Student Government has a large discretionary fund. You would think that this might be on the top of their list. After all, they represent the interests of the students.
How do other schools with greater student numbers handle their registration? Perhaps computing services can take a look at their systems and try to duplicate it for our benefit.
All I know is that I haven't been able to register for classes until 1 a.m. in any of my four semesters here at FGCU. I have always had to wait at least an hour into registration. As an underclassman, the entire time I would be on pins and needles wondering if there would still be room in the courses I needed to take.
Guy Cotter, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said, "This is my second year at Florida Gulf Coast University. With a school of 12,000, I was truly disgusted with how slow Gulfline was. With a school of this size and the continual updates to make the school better, I feel I shouldn't have to wait until six in the morning the next day to sign up for my classes. It just doesn't make sense to me."
I agree with Guy. I attempted to speak with someone in the Registrar's Office, but due to Add/Drop demand, I could not get in contact with anyone.
It is up to us, FGCU students. If we demand an adequate way to sign up for our classes, the administration has be able to better meet our needs. Without students registing for and taking courses, it seems a university would not work. I'm pretty sure this is the entire premise of a university — and their jobs sort of depend on students registering for courses and paying tuition and fees. At least, you would think that is the way it works.