Students vie for classes

By Amanda Martin

Lines ran long and tempers ran short last week when more than 7,500 NIU students attempted to obtain a class schedule they “could live with,” as one student put it, through schedule completition and late registration.

Theresa Viskocil, a junior majoring in special education was closed out of three classes this semester.

“People who are younger than I am (with less cumulative hours) got courses before I did. I don’t think it’s fair,” she said. By the time she was admitted to the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center and had moved up in line to the registration table, the class already had been filled or was otherwise unavailable, she said.

From the look on several students’ faces as they left the ballroom, Viskocil was not alone.

However, the situation at schedule completition this semester was actually an improvement over one year ago. According to the Office of Registration and Records data, there was a 5.1 percent increase in the number of student who received the schedule they requested.

ichard Durfee, director of Registration and Records, said 63.8 percent of the students registering this semester received the entire schedule they requested, compared to 59.7 percent in the spring 1988 semester.

Durfee also said more spaces were available in some “high demand” classes in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.