The once vibrant scene of students watching videos and sending e-mails on the campus cafeteria computers has been reduced to a row of unused ones.
Out of 11 computers, only one of them contains full Internet access while the others have no working monitor, tower and or mouse.
Warning signs stating “This computer is designated for registration between 12/07/09-1/24/10” are placed on top of the monitors as the words “registration only” appear on screen savers.
“Everybody came in and used the computers; nobody wants to come here anymore,” said Maria M. Guadalupe, a full time student and gym workstudy, who has complained about pop-ups and random shutdowns.
Gerald Ramsey, director of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, said that some of the computers are used for registration during enrollment and then immediately returned to general student use.
However, due to the workload of the technical staff and administration oversight errors, the computers general-use status was not reactivated.
Ramsey asks that students accept an apology on behalf of City College as the technical staff looks into the problem.
“When you come back from spring break, they will be fixed,” Ramsey said. “That is our plan.”