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Students Should Stop Whining about Fishbowl

I am sick of all this whining about the Fishbowl Athena cluster.

The administration has gone and done something that I never imagined would have happened - it decided to relocate an important student service from the depths and mazes of Building E19 to a freely accessible location. Yet all I read in The Tech is that students are going to be inconvenienced because we can't drop by Athena to check e-mail.

Athena is not a convenience, and it is not possible to "drop by" any prominently-placed cluster during school hours. I wish that that were not the case. Several times last week, I needed to check recitation times or download assignments and as always found it frustratingly impossible. The Fishbowl, of all clusters, does nothing to help alleviate this problem.

Yes, the Fishbowl has a certain sentimental value. However, perhaps pre-frosh would be more impressed by an attractive, functional, livable campus than by tired, geek-university stereotypes. Pave the way for Quickstations, and pave the way for the new Student Services Center.

Michael J. Shurpik '97