Class cancellation causes credit lossTo the Editor:
Again The Tech is being used as a forum for a frustrated student to blow off steam. Please bear with me. Someone somewhere may take this to heart.
Today I became a victim of the Institute Screw. Maybe I'll be perversely proud tomorrow. Today I'm furious. Imagine my surprise when I went to class today, the first meeting of a Monday only class, and found out it had been cancelled before Reg Day.
The professor's secretary told me the Exchange Office had not been informed of the cancellation. It seems that's not the policy.
I don't know about the average MIT student, but most Wellesley students are not clairvoyant. Since the Exchange Office didn't know, how could I?
Because of this unnecessary stupidity I'm one course short this semester. The first day of class was five days after Wellesley's add date so I can't pick up a Wellesley course. Due to my prereq's and schedule I can't add another MIT course. So where am I?. Score another point for massive bureaucracy.
Fortunately, this mess doesn't affect my ability to graduate on time, but it just as easily could have. I've heard of similar stories, so I know I'm not an isolated case. Granted, there aren't that many of us in the Exchange Program; therefore, there's obviously no reason for professors or departments to notify the Exhange Offices of cancellations.
Since neither school seems willing to do anything about coordinating significant academic dates, maybe we should have a little more sensitivity in other ways toward us intrepid commuters. Please?