Admin messes up exam times again

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

To the Editor:
For the second time in my years at Western, administration has bungled up the second semester scheduling dates.

Some people may recall the 2004 winter examination period ended around Dec. 23 and classes restarted Jan. 3, leaving about 10 days of holidays. This posed a huge problem for students who had to fly home but found it too expensive for such a short time. After this experience, many complaints were filed and administration addressed the issue in a Senate meeting. It vowed to create calendar dates more carefully in the future.

Last year, administration faced more criticism when it scheduled exams up to April 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., since many leases ended that same day and numerous students had to pack up and move while still studying for exams. This year is no different.

While winter break was nice and lengthy this year, admin still didn’t create a complaint-free schedule. Due to the late start date in January, Western’s classes end significantly later than in the past to uphold its 13-week semester.

While this may not seem like a big deal, admin failed to realize it turned the usual three-week exam period into a two-week exam period. Being ignorant once again, admin has cut off a significant 33 per cent of our exam time " time needed to study and prepare for the same amount of test material as before. Surprisingly, this issue hasn’t been raised and isn’t likely to be considered when our professors are writing killer finals.

Having been a senator in the past, I understand administration’s dilemma in trying to satisfy all parties. However, in my opinion, it has failed three years in a row. Ironically, the solution is simple. Like most other schools, including Laurier, Queen’s and Waterloo, Western should simply turn its 13-week semester into a 12-week semester. Apparently, admin is wasting its time creating calendar dates and should really just pay me to do it and avoid future complaints.
"Sheen Munshi
MOS IV

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