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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 9, 1982--Page 11 8
CRISP's problem is its image

By DAVID SPAK
Wait until December, and then you'll
hear the bitching.
-e"I don't schedule until the second
Thursday," one student will say, "and
there's no way I'll be able to get the
easy econ prof."
"YOU THINK that's bad," his friend
will respond, "ICRISP at 8 in the mor-
ning on the last day, and they're
to get me up at that hour just to have
some computer screen print out 'Fat
chance, buster' when they enter my
schedule."
CRISP, formerly known as Computer
Registration Involving Student Par-
ticipation, is the University's much-
maligned registration system.
To the student who has to wait in line
for three hours while the computer
decides it's had enough, CRISP is an
enemy. But to the senior who whisks
through in precisely two minutes and 31
seconds, and to the campus old-timers
who remember the lines that stretched
across campus under the old
registration system, CRISP is the
micro-circuits gift to mankind.
THE ACTUAL registration process is
only the end function of CRISP, accor-
ding to Assistant Registrar Thomas
Karunas. The "memo talk" for each
term's registration begins even before
the preceeding registration is over.
The University currently employs an

"on-line terminal based system," the
first such system used by a major
university.
AS TERMINAL operators enter in
each student's choice of classes, the
main computer records the information
and automatically fills spaces in the
sections. That way, the computer can
immediately close a class once all the
spaces open to early registration are
filled.
The CRISP system is so highly
respected around the country that it has
served as a model for other schools'

registration systems, said Douglas
Wooley, associate registrar.
The University of Iowa, Ball State
University, and Purdue University all
have instituted systems similar to the
University of Michigan's CRISP. In ad-
dition, several other schools, including
Northwesterp University and the
University of Minnesota, are in the
process of implementing CRISP-like
systems.
WOOLEY SAID CRISP was designed
See CRISP, Page 16

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UDENT WAITSfor the magic word, "successful," designating that there is an open spot in a class for him, to pop
i the RUSP terminal screen.

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