Registration Frenzy Drives Students to McLaren

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Registration by Amanda Rhoades
Photo by Amanda Rhoades

McLaren Hall became engulfed in chaos Monday morning, the first day of registration, when USFconnect went down. Some students decided to register manually with OneStop staff. Senior media studies major Stephanie Chantland was slotted to register at 9 a.m. that morning, but, she said, “The system crashed so I wasn’t able to register until 12, and that’s only because I heard [through Twitter] that a few people were registering for people in McLaren. Of course, by the time I got there and waited in line, the one class I really needed was filled.” She said she would have preferred if the registration dates had been rescheduled giving ITS time to repair the system. “I think it’s just really unfair for those who had priority who ended up not getting classes they wanted or needed.” In a USFConnect announcement, Vice President of ITS Steve Gallagher updated the community: “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and anxiety caused by this registration day outage. We will be closely monitoring the situation during the remaining days of registration. We will also work with our technology partners to design and implement defenses against such outages in future terms.”

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