By Ambrosia Neldon
Social media networks like Facebook and Twitter are filled with posts about the online dilemmas WMU is experiencing today as students panic about the Webmail and Internet malfunctions on campus.
This morning, WMU’s e-mail system went down. Now, the wireless internet network, Tsunami, is not working.
Yesterday, representatives from the GoWMU portal on Western’s website announced that Webmail was experiencing malfunctions and the Webmail system would be upgraded Oct. 14 to repair the glitches in the system.
“I would say that this crisis is like a snow day for student leaders and regular students and faculty and administration,” said Dillon Buckland, Academic Affairs Chair of the Western Student Association. Buckland said he is unable to get in contact with faculty members he’s working with on initiatives because of the issue.
Now, several students are reporting that they are unable to access the Internet on campus.
The broken Webmail has caused chaos on campus, so much so that there is even a hash tag for it on Twitter, #WebmailCrisis2012.
Chris Rettich, president of the Inter Fraternity Council and Chief of Operations of WSA, tweeted:
Nicole Millar, Associate Director of Greek Life and Registered Student Organizations, tweeted:
— Nicole Millar (@ncmillar) September 27, 2012
WSA President Sean Nicholl tweeted that Webmail could be down for as long as two weeks.
This fact has not been confirmed.
Other rumors have surfaced that the Webmail has been hacked, because many students and faculty members have received invalid e-mails that their Webmail has reached capacity. This fact has not been confirmed either.
The Western Herald is awaiting an interview with the Director of the Office of Information Technology this afternoon to find out more details.