Description: Wall Street companies use high-speed trading software to generate billions of dollars in profits. Fans of performers devise their own programs to help their favorite stars win online popularity contests.
So some Baruch College students tried using a similar method to gain an edge in signing up online for a new semester’s classes. But instead of getting seats in the most popular courses, they got themselves in a bit of trouble. And so did the next few students who tried it. And the next.In all, 19 Baruch students were told by the dean of students’ office to stop what they were doing, immediately. The customized computer script they were using to automatically log into the college’s course-registration system and check — and check and check and check — for openings in sought-after courses was creating so much digital traffic that it threatened to crash the computer system for the entire City University of New York, of which Baruch College is part, said Arthur Downing, the school’s chief information officer. Read Rest of Story
Questions for discussion:
1. Is there anything wrong with students trying to get an edge to get into a class? Why or Why Not
2. If it deemed wrong, what should be the penalty?