LETTER: New cmich.edu flawed in many ways
Regarding Monday’s article “Delay in cmich.edu redesign will not cost CMU more than contracted $550,000,” there are a number of errors of fact.
Another design failure is the sloppy pseudo-calligraphy that makes it look like “CentralOink”, which would be a more fitting name for it.
Also, instead of there being a cohesive visual design, it looks like everything was slopped under a half-baked menu system. (It was.)
If Renee Walker wants some feedback, here it is: She’s incompetent when it comes to web design, as she demonstrated back in 2007, reinforced with her ‘help’ with Mount Pleasant’s website redesign, and capped off with this travesty. She’s been a failure at managing the project; people who could’ve provided valuable input were excluded until after terrible decisions were made, and then were kept in the dark as to what would be required of them. Despite my negligible direct involvement in this project, and my peripheral location in the organization, I was able to identify the mid-August ‘deadline’ as pure fantasy when I heard of it last spring. It’s ‘funny’ how the launch was only called off less than two weeks from that deadline, and it’s now taken nearly eight months for it to finally be ‘ready’ to launch (into the nearest garbage can.) Thanks to the failures of Walker, Rehm and Blue Chip, CentralOink is lousy portal and a giant waste of time and money. The money that went to Blue Chip would’ve been put to better use converted into dollar bills and burned to fire the boilers in the power plant.
To address Monday’s editorial “EDITORIAL: Why add new website onto end of semester stressors?” the answer is that Walker and Rehm are clueless, failing to see that the timing is a disservice to students. Launching at this point in the semester is worse than the three hour graduation ceremony in the wind, rain and cold that was inflicted upon graduates who chose to walk two years ago while the Event Center was undergoing construction. At least with that, there was no adverse impact on academics.
Finally, I’ll add my own unanimous vote of no confidence in George Ross, Gary Shapiro and the Board of the Untrustworthy. They should pile into a tiny vehicle, along with Walker, Rehm, Heeke, Wilbur and Yatz, drive down to Lansing to pick up Rick Snyder, then head off to find a third-rate circus in need of their services as clowns and/or midway game hucksters.