UMD Students Get Great Excuse for Tardiness

Chapel bells ringing four minutes late

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- If there has been a rash of University of Maryland students showing up an extra four minutes late for class, they may not be at fault.

The chapel bells, which many students use to gauge how late they are, have been ringing four minutes late this semester after being broken for most of the fall semester, the Diamondback reported.

The company that repairs the computer system that controls the bell's chiming is short-staffed, and thus, repairs will be tardy, as well.

Most students are wise to the problem, so they should have adjusted by now.

School officials said they received more calls about the bells not sounding at all last semester than they have about the bells ringing late this semester.

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