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COB Students Irate Over Internet Woes

Irate College of The Bahamas (COB) students yesterday expressed their frustration that internet services at the college’s Oakes Field campus have been down for the past several days.

The college opened for the new fall semester on August 20.

Hundreds of students gathered at the Portia Smith Building over the two days waiting on long lines because the college’s internal internet system, known as I.Q. Web, was not functional, preventing them from registering for classes on their own.

As a result, students had to register by going to the college’s Records Department.

“School opened on Monday and things were not ready,” Rowena Deveaux said.

Ms. Deveaux, a first year Engineering major, said prior to school starting on Monday she visited COB last week where she had to wait on a line from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“I didn’t know it was going to be this rough,” she said.

“Even my advisor had problems getting into the system. It should not be this difficult. As a freshman this is very discouraging. Now I understand why so many of my friends decided to work or go straight off to school.”

A senior, Jamal Douglas, shared similar sentiments.

“This is ridiculous but yet if I register late they want to charge me $150,” he said.

“And they tell us they are trying to move to university status, I don’t believe that. Students already have assignments and research and none of the computers in the library are working and the computers in the A-block lab are locked.”

Another student, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she stood on a line to add one of her courses for over five hours, which caused her to miss one of her classes on Tuesday.

“I missed a class and had to apologise to one of my lecturers because I had to stand on that long line,” the student said.

“COB needs to get it together and no one said anything. I went to one of my classes and my lecturer even told me that she cannot get on to COB’s I.Q. Web to post assignments and that she has not been given an explanation. I’m just glad this is my last semester.”

The Bahama Journal attempted to reach college’s Communications Department; however, calls were not returned.

The Journal also called COB President Betsy Vogel-Boze, however, she, too, did not return several calls.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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