Editorial: New schedule changes cause class gridlock

As college students, it’s safe to say that we all experience immense amounts of stress multiple times a year. These hassles just get worse toward the end; not only do we have the worry of exams and projects, but also housing selection and more importantly, class selection, which only adds to the stress that is threatening to bubble over and explode inside of us.
The implementation of the new class selection grid has made things much easier for some, but created problems and more struggles for many others. This new schedule grid was made to have different time slots available for classes that were never featured in previous years.
The new time slots were created to help accommodate students so that they could schedule their classes around work, sports, internships and other extracurricular activities.
According to an anonymous survey, a junior education major doesn’t see anything wrong with the new class grid. He or she believes that the grid is something that everyone has to get used to again. A sophomore public relations major found that the new grid gives students more time to get work done.
Despite the positive feedback from some students, others don’t see the need for change. Last semester, Rider made the changes to the class grid; the original grid went from looking very simple to extremely complex. Multiple classes were added to the grid, including some that were at strange times and have various lengths, such as a night class from 7:20 to 10 p.m.
Even though the new grid allows for more classes to be held at times that were never available before, it still causes problems for some students. Certain periods overlap and make it difficult for some students to register for classes they need since they are at the same times.
In the same anonymous poll, a junior public relations major expressed that, “The grid complicates things way too much when it comes to scheduling other activities like work.” It seems to be too complex and inconsistent, which makes the process more of a headache.
There’s the age-old saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” In the case of the new schedule grid here at Rider, some students agree that it didn’t need fixing. The stressful process of picking classes was made even more time-consuming because of these changes, which leaves the students asking why they were made in the first place. On the other hand, some believe that the change was just what the school needed. As a result, these alterations left some students nodding their head in approval, and others still scratching their heads.

The weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News. This week’s editorial was written by the Assistant Opinion Editor Danielle Gittleman

Printed in the 3/8/13 edition.

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