Bringing back fond memories of CAESAR

A Facebook post today about CAESAR, Northwestern’s online registration system, made me think of the tool’s early days. The bad, bad early days.

November 5, 1999, The Daily Northwestern, by one Casey Newton.

Northwestern’s online preregistration, scheduled to begin Monday, was cancelled Friday morning because the software couldn’t handle multiple users, administrators said.

Students can expect to receive an e-mail later today or tomorrow detailing registration procedures, said Registrar Suzanne Anderson. Anderson said she is confident that regular registration, scheduled to begin Nov. 15, will be online.

“We will have Web registration, I have every confidence in that,” she said Friday afternoon. “We’re not going back to bubble sheets.”

October 21, 2012, The Daily Northwestern, full story.

Northwestern University Information Technology unveiled its new home page Sunday for the online registration system CAESAR, garnering a negative response from many students.

The new home page, previously known as the “Student Center,” organizes links into 13 modules, including enrollment, class searches, and course and teacher evaluations, called CTECs. The page also has new sections displaying exam schedules, and an “Academic Calendar” in yellow text on the right lists important deadlines.

Weinberg sophomore Halima Nur called the page “cluttered” and a “mess.” The new modules are too spread out, making the overall page “overwhelming,” she said.

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