Calling the first week of classes confusing or overwhelming is a massive understatement, particularly for first-year students. Trying to navigate the maze of buildings ("Which Dodge is this class actually in?"), all while furiously checking CourseWorks and SSOL to try to enroll in courses that excite you, is enough to make summer feel like it happened 10 years ago. The outages of both of these websites on Tuesday reinforced how dependent we are on Web tools to navigate Columbia and how imperfect those tools can be....
Updated Nov. 10, 1:27 a.m.
A substantial number of courses in Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science appear to be in violation of a federal law that requires universities to provide the price of textbooks for all classes offered during registration....
In her weekly series, blogger Rebecca Farley lends a platform to Columbia's unheard voices. This week, she spoke to the CourseWorks website.
Updated, 11:36 p.m.: Five workshops and one screening have just been added to CourseWorks. Sign up before they're gone!
As the semester draws to a close, it is once again time to fill out course evaluations. It is, after all, nearly impossible to forget this fact given the barrage of almost daily emails students receive from registrar offices reminding them to fill out the online evaluations. Unsatisfied with one, or even two, emails, a student enrolled in Core, Barnard, and Arts and Sciences classes has received at least 10 emails urging him or her to fill out course evaluations in only a week....
Dear CourseWorks, I think we need to talk. Recently I've been noticing that we've been drifting apart and I have something to tell you. I've met someone. His name's New CourseWorks. Please don't take this personally. I'll get right to the punch: it's not me, it's you. NCW listens to me. You never asked me how I felt; you just came over late at night, nailed me with work, and left. more We're just in different places in our lives. You said you'd stop, that you were done letting all of those courses use you. But I know the truth, you only got rid of a few and kept some courses on the side, thinking I wouldn't find out. And wow, you were jealous. Anytime I looked at anybody else you freaked out. I told you a million times that Facebook and I were just friends, but you wouldn't believe me. We would get into a huge fight if I even just looked in his direction for a second, and then you'd force me to log in over and over again before you would finally budge. But, you should know I still care a lot about you and I really hope this doesn't hurt our friendship. By the way, remember all of those emails you sent me? You can come pick them up. I didn't "love hearing from you all the time"–I hated it. I didn't even read most of them. Your FRIEND, Sara...