Famed Long Lines Drive Students Insane

Craig Bowers

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Waiting in line is a time-honored tradition at the University of Houston, and this semester is no exception.

The main story of the day is, as always, the UC bookstore. Everyone had something to say about the lines in the store long after he had finished purchasing his books. One student reported that she had waited 40 minutes in line to pay for her books. At one point, two lines with 30 people each, snaked from the registers to the back wall.

Sarah Abdul, a junior business major, was among those in line.

"This is a big university," Abdul said. "You mean they can only afford three cashiers?"

Abdul said she had to wait for an hour and a half before she finally made it out of the store.

She said she was especially upset because it was not the first time she had encountered slow service.

"Last semester, the line wrapped around the building," she said. "I told myself, 'Just wait. Maybe this won't happen again.' But I was wrong."

Clayton Neighbors, a graduate social psychology student, gave the bookstore a better review, saying lines moved "maybe a little faster" than in previous semesters. He moved to the front of the line in a little over 10 minutes.

Bookstore management hired more cashiers than in previous semesters to meet the anticipated rush.

"We would have even more today (Tuesday), but everyone has class on Tuesdays and Thursdays," said Lynda Radisi, general manager of the bookstore.

She added that students should come early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid long lines.

It was a similar situation for students wading through the financial services lines in the Houston Room of the UC.

Finding the proper line was the first obstacle to overcome.

According to business management senior Derrick Brown, "You get the runaround on picking up your fee bill. They want you to go to a different place every semester."

"I registered with VIP at the first opportunity but never got my fee bill," said Brown. "Now I have to come here to pay it."

Ralph Perri, assistant director of financial aid, was one of the representatives fielding student queries.

Perri said that administrators who don't usually interact directly with students were out among the masses to help meet the demands.

He said the additional front-line help was making the lines move faster than usual.

Also, Perri advised students to go to Room 23, E. Cullen with general financial aid questions, to avoid standing in multiple lines.

Perhaps the best advice was given by junior architecture major Mitchell Bernstein.

"Just have patience," said Bernstein. "These people want to help you as quickly as they can."

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